May 14th, 2009
02:57 PM ET
13 years ago

Virginia GOP chair: Obama bows to dictators

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/20/art.getty.obama.yellow.jpg caption="The new chairman of the Virginia GOP said Obama 'bows to dictators that would like to destroy this country.'"]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The new chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia is sounding a little bit like the old one.

Pat Mullins was elected to lead the party earlier this month by the state GOP central committee after the former chairman, Jeff Frederick, was ousted after a series of embarrassing missteps. Frederick garnered national attention during last year's presidential race for drawing a comparison between Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden.

Mullins, the new party head, said something similar while speaking to the Virginia Beach city committee meeting on Monday. An audio recording of the event was provided to CNN by a Democratic party operative.

"I'm particularly excited I'm not a Democrat," Mullins told the audience. "Since I'm not a Democrat, I don't have to defend a president who goes overseas and bows to dictators that would like to destroy this country. I'm delighted I don't have to defend him."

Mullins was referring to video shot during April's G-20 Summit in London that showed Obama lowering his head while greeting King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. The White House said that Obama was not bowing, and that he shook hands with the King, who is shorter than Obama.

Fulfilling his role as the state's Republican partisan-in-chief, Mullins also disparaged Democratic National Committee chairman and Virginia governor Tim Kaine as "a part-time governor who's making a full-time salary." He called Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, who earned a Navy Cross and two purple hearts in Vietnam, an "embarrassment to everybody in this commonwealth."

A spokesman for the state Democratic Party said Mullins "ought to apologize to Virginians for personal attacks on the commander-in-chief and a decorated war hero."

The Republican Party of Virginia did not return phone calls seeking comment.


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soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. David F

    But when their guy goes around holding hands with the same man, I guess it's all hunky dory, eh? Meet the new boss; same as the old boss.

    May 14, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. I ♥ Washington State

    "I'm particularly excited I'm not a Democrat," Mullins told the audience. NOT nearly as excited as we Democrats are. What a moron!!

    May 14, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Lance Coardill

    The thing spoke for itself. Obama did bow. There are not too many other ways to spin it. Oh, maybe his American flag lapel pin fell off at that precise moment and he was trying to retrieve it.

    May 14, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Chris

    Thanks for objective reporting. I guess the reporter couldn't take out the bias..... shame CNN.

    May 14, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. Quick2822

    "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss." – The Who

    May 14, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. DJ, NY

    And by the way, if bowing is culturally equivalent to shaking hands, he SHOULD bow to leaders in other countries. I mean honestly. Have these conservatives who are attacking him for this ever traveled outside the deep south?

    And if they're dictators, that's what the reality is in that country. We're either making a commitment to talking to world leaders to further the interest of America and Americans – as well as other citizens of the planet – or we're not. And Obama isn't afraid to do what needs to be done.

    May 14, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. leapfrog

    No, Mr. Mullins would rather have the old Bush regime back so we could continue on plundering the rest of the world at gunpoint, torturing people, crushing America's civil liberties, and all the while pretending all the atrocities committed were justified because of 9/11. What a disgusting fool.

    May 14, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Dee Dee

    I don't care that he bowed, in some coutries that is a sign of respect. Why are we making a big deal out of it.....ohh yeah that is because detractors have nothing else to go on so they nit pik.

    As an American I am embarassed for our country, everyday of this fighting makes me cringe.

    May 14, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. I used to like CNN but not anymore!

    Just another GOP " flavor of the month " ranting on about anything and everything Obama does. Nothing new to see here people please move along!

    May 14, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. Thebe

    Does the RNC not have anyone but trolls to offer its constituents?

    May 14, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Becky

    Tacky. Another step backwards for the Republican Party.

    May 14, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. ATR

    How about defending your (former) president who kissed the same King on the mouth and held hands with him like they were in love? Such hypocrites.

    May 14, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Peter E

    Yes, he's not a democrat who bows to dictators. Instead, he is a republican who holds hands with and kisses dictators and sells our country out to their oil! Bush actually did all of that! Plus he ran up record deficits in all his years, selling this country to the Chinese communist government as well. So don't pretend republicans are any better! They sold our country!

    May 14, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. Buzz Daly

    Jim Webb needs to put an old combat boot up Pat Mullin's candy ass.

    Where does the party of draft dodgers (GOP) come up with these fools?

    May 14, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. mike in colorado

    rather have to defend a bow, than "W" who had his lips puckerd on the guys butt for 8 years.

    May 14, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. tigerakabj

    Would the GOP suprise me and actually come up with something that actually would benefit the majority of America? Every day it's the same freak show. They spend all of their time trying to name-call Obama, cuss out anybody that doesn't agree with them, and obstruct any progress made both domestically and internationally.

    Bush freakin' held the Saudi prince's hand last year. And that was AFTER he pissed away all of our moral standing and goodwill in the world by launching a illegal and phony war, costing us billions with nothing to show for it.

    I mean really, I guess showing respect for other cultures is just too much for the GOP. No wonder their party, led by King Rush, is being relegated to the ash heap of history.

    May 14, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Lonnie, MI

    Yeah he only has to defend torturers.

    May 14, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. Minnesotan

    Funny how the Republicans forget simple little facts like their Bush boy holding hands with terrorists and enemies. More "revisionist history" by the party that brought you the recession, a false war, doubled the national debt, rampant corruption, 4,000+ dead soldiers, lies, deceit and a stunning record of economic failures.

    May 14, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. Dalton

    The GOP and its state party heads would be wise to recognize that these silly attacks on Pres. Obama haven't garnered any traction in the past and won't do so now.

    If personal attacks are the best the GOP can offer then they might as well close up shop and shut the party down. After 8 years of Bush/Cheney incompetence Americans want solutions and substantive debate not juvenile name calling.

    BTW, I'm glad I'm not a Republican so I don't have to defend a party that has no ideas or vision for solving the country's problems or moving America forward.

    May 14, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. vet in texas

    Mullins forgets that Bush kissed the same "dictator" then walked and talked with him while holding hands.........and when did a King become a dictator?

    May 14, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    yet another traitor

    May 14, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. Jim in Florida

    "The new chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia is sounding a little bit like the old one."

    This "new" CNN ticker item is sounding just like older ones

    No Bias, No Bull, huh?

    Bull

    Goodness, CNN is fully in Obama and the Democrats camp, only like the Speaker of the House Pelosi, they do not have the moral courage to admit their bias just like Pelosi doesn't have the honesty or moral courage to admit that she was briefed on interrogation techniques.

    Wasn't at all important to Nancy back then was it. Nothing like an "attentive" politician.

    That is the DC gang for you, too concerned about the next fundraising cocktail party or how to line the pockets of themselves or their friends to worry about the country's real business.

    Disgusting.

    May 14, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. P from CA

    It would be nice if the GOP could stop bringing up stupid issues that are obvious to all to just be creating a stir. GOP ... "a House divided against itself cannot stand." Lincoln's quote was about the US and maintaining our unity. Why do you try to divide the people of your own country? Do you serve the people or the party?

    May 14, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. Debbie

    Oh give me a break...Dubya was walking HOLDING hands with the Saudi friends he secretly ferreted out of the country after 9/11. The hypocrisy and holier than though attitude of the Republicans would be hilarious if it wasnt so pitiful.

    May 14, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. Brian0901

    GOP needs to learn another song. This one is growing old.

    May 14, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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