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. Hot

    Is this the same (Dictator?) who Bush was walking and holding hands with, if so, where was the outcry from all the R.e.p.u.g.n.a.n.t. party?

    May 14, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. adam

    Color me shocked.

    May 14, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Irene

    This is why the GOP sucks. Any bow by Obama was nothing more than politeness, much like shaking one's hand. What do you think Bush did with the Saudi's for the past 8 miserable years? What hypicrits!

    You GOP'ers need to shut up because your dialoge is nothing more than irrelevant dribble!

    May 14, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. David

    I'm glad I'm not a Republican. Then I don't have to defend a president who literally holds hands with the same dictator.

    May 14, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Ray Fisher

    So what Georgie did wasn't an attempt to destroy our nation after he pillaged our treasury for all he could get??? Gimmee a break!!!

    May 14, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Emma, San Jose

    Cheap shot, Mullens!

    May 14, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Tennessee Libertarian

    How can making a true statement be a "misstep"?

    Communist News Network being it's usual biased, left-wing self!

    Some things never change, such as death, taxes, and the ultra-left wing bias of the "MSM".

    May 14, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Laverne

    Mr. Mullins where have you been, this old rhectoric has already been used by you and your croonies and it did not work. The American people reject you and your comments. I guess I can't blame you for trying to see what will stick, however, you should have learned a lesson from your co-republicans, "NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST HIM SHALL PROSPER"!

    May 14, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Kelby In Houston, TX

    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."
    *********************************
    No, you have to defend G.W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfield, Conoleeza Rice, TORTURE, Outing an undercover CIA agent, Warrantless wire taps, A WAR BASED ON LIES IN IRAQ, the worst recession in recent history, TORTURE, The Republican Party and the bush administration in general....that is what you have to defend.

    May 14, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. John Clavis

    More typical Republican hypocrisy and dishonesty. Where was this guy when President Bush was walking hand-in-hand with Prince Abdullah? (Never mind that, liberals said something mean about Carrie Prejean or Sarah Palin! Only liberals are rude and disrespectful! Nothing to see here! Move along!)

    May 14, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Dan, TX

    LOL. Republicans are immature. We want adults to lead us. Who is more mature, Obama or Mullins? Any objective observer sees that Obama is the better diplomat and more serious about everything than any republican spokesperson I've seen in the past year.

    May 14, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. SF Serg

    Same old extreme right-wing babble. We're all (Democrats) glad that you're a Republican who doesn't support the President. If you did support the President, our county would be headed in the wrong direction.

    May 14, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. KALA-CHARLOTTE NC

    The republicans are so pathetic,they are not even worth commenting about.

    May 14, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. No more GOP!

    Lets just see how long this JERK lasts as the new Virginia GOP Chair. He will get ousted like the last one. And Repblicans dont have a snowballs chance in HELL of capturing the Virginia Governors Chair in 2010! Bet on that!!!!

    May 14, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. Desmond

    Another Grand NO Party pain.

    May 14, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. Frank, Las Vegas

    In a word, these guys are IDIOTS.

    May 14, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. Steve

    How dare he say Obama bowed. We all saw it, that was no bow, he knelt before our Saudi leaders. It was a sign of respect and continued support since we are not going to use our own Oil Supply any time soon. Gas prices have already risen 33 cents in the past 5 days where I live with NO explanation as to why.

    May 14, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Steve, Columbia SC

    They can say what they want, but the president DID bow to the Saudi king...............and I don't like it that they have tried to defend it or explain it away.

    May 14, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. John Clavis

    These are the same people who wore Purple Heart band-aids in 2004, accused Gore of "claiming to have invented the Internet" in 2000, and still accuse Obama of being a socialist Muslim maniac today. They talk about the "real Virginia" and the "pro-America parts of" the country. They claim to love America more than liberals, but they only really love their own parts of America: they hate NYC, SanFran, "Taxachusetts" and anyplace else where the people aren't all like them. They express their opinion, and when you respond, they claim you're trying to silence them. They're extremists, and that's why (fortunately) so many people are turning away from them.

    May 14, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. Shawn

    I'm also glad that you're not a Democrat, Mr. Mullins, as it is increasingly likely that your comments will continue to serve as a warning to the people of this country; that your party, the Republican party, is not good for America, neither at home or abroad.

    President Obama was showing respect in his greeting. President Bush, if I remember correctly, held hands with the same leaders from this area of the world. If President Obama bowed to dictators, then perhaps President Bush had a schoolgirl crush on them by holding hands. Silly!

    Keep on hurling your desperate comments at the country. You and your party will continue to fail over and over. In case you haven't figured it out from the last election, the people of this country are tired of this crap. Find some new material and try to offer a positive message instead of all these negative editorials! That is if you can find a positive message....

    May 14, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. donna

    We are glad he isn't a Democrat either..win-win for everyone!!!!

    May 14, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Steph

    Blah, Blah, Blah. More name calling from the right (and still no solutions to the problems we face). Oh, and I bet he was fine with the previous Republican President walking hand in hand with King Abdullah!

    May 14, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. YBM

    That was a bow and everyone knows it. In the middle east you bow to a superior and Hold hands/shake hands with an equal (as Bush did).

    May 14, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. Ia Guy

    Since with did Saudi Arabia want to destroy us? Huh?

    May 14, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. Shari, NY

    Get with it America! There are certain customs that you might not be aware of. If you meet a Japanese, he will bow as a courtesy – no touching of hands; the French and some Africans will kiss you on both cheeks. You all need to educate yourselves and stop this pettiness. If you want to criticize President Obama, please find something less INFANTILE to use as a tool!

    May 14, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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