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. chutchin

    He is as big of an idiot as the previous one! Is there a virus running rampant through what is left of the Republican party??? Let's put it this way, he may have lowered his head, but he sure as hell wasn't holding hands with him. Considering the rumors of the Bush family "close ties" with the Saudi family, I'm surprised that's all it was.

    May 14, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Doc Ray

    I thought only Texas and Louisiana produced such a large crop of idiots. VA is giving TX and LA a run for their money. I hope the so-called not so "real Virginians" would kick these fools out soon.

    May 14, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. uncle daddy

    well, at least he didn't kiss him and walk aroud hand-in-hand.

    May 14, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. J

    WOW! Just listen to all those good ideas...

    How about this.. You shut your noise hole until you have something constructive to say. I know it will be difficult because you have been doing nothing but complaining and name calling for so long, but I think you can do it.

    May 14, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. kizito

    GOP the party of 0 idea

    May 14, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. FAYE, NV

    These Repugs are becoming nasty by to moment. They truly want this country to fail all because they can not stand that a black man is the President of the USA. They continue to go against him and are doing nothing to improve the worst mess they have made.

    May 14, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Zachary

    A dollar short and a day late, eh, Pat?

    May 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. David

    Thank god the GOP can't learn their lessons. Americans are tired of their hysterical, ludicrous, over-the-top posturing and distraction from real issues and this loser looks like the perfect head of the GOP – even if only in Virginia

    May 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. johnrj08

    Mullins obviously had no problem with George H. W. Bush walking arm-in-arm with Saudi leaders during his administration. And what about when Ronald Reagan had Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife over for dinner at the White House BEFORE the Berlin Wall was torn down? Mullins confuses simple gestures of courtesy and diplomatic formality with weakness or even collusion. Obama decided not to be petty or assume an antagonistic posture when he was approached by Chavez. I'm sure that caught the dictator by surprise. Obama behaved like a statesman and Chavez came off like a sycophantic fool. Thank God we don't have someone like Mullins running our foreign policy.

    May 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Tim in Minnesota

    Pat Mullins is another example of something endemic to many these days. It drives me nuts when a guy like this proclaims to the top of his lungs his love for his country, yet he clearly dislikes Americans.
    I suppose, when your pretty much irrelevant you'll say just about anything.

    May 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. BudInTexas

    Bush kissed the same Saudi, you dipweed.

    May 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Pat F

    CNN, Mullins wasn't referring to "video shot of April's G-20 Summit in London that showed Obama lowering his head while greeting King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia".

    Mullins was referring to the fact that Obama BOWED, from the WAIST, to the King of Saudi Arabia, keeper of the holy sites, and birthplace of 9/11.

    Report the news – don't re-write it.

    May 14, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Cardinal

    What a joke......and Republicans wonder why the country is shunning them.

    May 14, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Jon

    It disgusts me to hear Republicans talk about supporting the troops–I guess they mean Republican troops only. They have no ideas, only insults and divisiveness. I'm so glad they've become irrelevant.

    May 14, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Mike

    Who elects these clowns? Saudi Arabia has been our ally and the king has fought against extremism in his country in both terrorism and overbearing religious edicts. This is the same king that went hand in hand with George Bush on a walk, and I imagine Mullins would have been full of praise for those actions.

    This is political idiocy and mudslinging at its worst.

    May 14, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. Longhorn7

    Will the Republicans ever shut the heck up. After bringing us to the brink of a major depression they're still trying to blame the Democrats for everything. Get it through your head you are the minority in this country now. No one is listening.

    May 14, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Anthony R. Seta

    in GOP mythology, the King of Saudi Arabia is a "dictator that would like to destroy this country"? Is this for real? Does this type of inflamatory cheesy propaganda actually work on the minds of the GOP base?

    I guess I shouldn't be surprised. If this is the type of language that eminates from the leadership, it is no wonder that all blog sites including the CNN Ticker are populated by right wing nuts that spew incoherent hateful thoughts.

    May 14, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Idiot..this is exactly why I'm no longer a republican because of the close minded and arrogant people like this idiot.

    May 14, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. The Party of NO stood by calmly as the shrub raped and pillaged America, why should we listen to you now?

    We Dems are also very glad you are from the Party of NO and NOT a Democrat.

    Finally, a political win/win.

    May 14, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. Remedios, MD

    Can't the GOP come up with something original?

    I mean really, these recycled attacks about President Obama...

    1. Palling around with Terrorists
    2. He's an Elitist
    3. He's a Socialist
    4. He's Un-American
    5. He's going to send your kids to a "concentration" camp (Micheal Bachman)
    6. He's NOT an American Citizen

    Blah, blah, blah........

    May 14, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. Daniel

    It is interesting how resourceful the Republican party is in finding stupid people and put them in charge.

    May 14, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. Bill ~ Down on the Bayou

    I do not believe Mr. Mullins owes anyone an apology for anything. He stated how things appear to him and there are many of us that see the same as he does.
    As one of your former party leaders once said "if you can't stand the heat, get out of the frigging kitchen"
    This obama clown is taking us down the road to distruction, and that has been his plan from day one. He cannot tolerate the Constitution, It's in his way. He lives for the day when he can raise a clenched fist and claim "I have overcome"
    Wake up America.

    May 14, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. elliott

    I agree Pat. I want a president the doesn't bow to ANYONE....especially dictators. I'm embarassed about the Obama apology tour. I WILL NOT apologize for being an American! America may not be perfect. We have had our struggles (slavery, civil war, etc). But.......AMERICA IS STILL THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH. I THANK GOD THAT I LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE!!

    May 14, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Sam Sixpack

    Why is there no link to the vidio? Look it up on the internet. Liar, liar pants on fire! Watch the video for yourself.

    May 14, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. James

    For goodness sake, stop the relentless criticism and let the president do his job. We finally have a leader who believes in maintaining a dialogue, even with countries who may hate us. Good for him! Perhaps these countries wouldn't hate us so much if we had been able to pursue this course over the past 8 years. We absolutely must reign in our arrogance if we wish to maintain our influence in the modern world.

    May 14, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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