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

Virginia GOP chair: Obama bows to dictators

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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. Jeff in Virginia

    When will the Republicans learn that hollow rhetoric and disingenuous remarks only serve to make them further irrelevant?

    May 14, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Texas Conservative Dems for Perry 2010

    Mullins is an IDIOT, the Democrats will keep the Virginia Governor's Mansion this fall for a LONG time and the Old Dominion is getting more and more BLUER.

    May 14, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. David in Dallas

    Really? This is the best criticism the GOP's leaders can come up with? Many weeks ago the president bowed when greeting the king of an allied nation?

    Now, let's compare that to what Bush did as president....

    May 14, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. dan

    Mullins is an embarrassment to every American who has ever served this country in our Armed Services! Speaking out against someone due to differing opinions of how to run a state is one thing but to call out someone who has served to protect the very right Mullins is abusing is a complete disgrace! Why dont you offer some constructive criticism instead of sensational rherotic that only inflates the already partisian political environment that has unfortunatley engulfed this great nation.

    God Bless America and all of her law-abiding, tax paying, FREE citizens!

    May 14, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. RR

    Another Republican Idiot!

    May 14, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Mike

    It's no wonder the Republican party is in shambles when it appears that all their so called leadership can do is hurl insults and spread half-truths.

    May 14, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. James, Phoenix AZ

    Oh, heaven forbid that the representative of the people of the US should show respect for the leader of another nation.

    The last one never did.

    May 14, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Had It

    So - Bush held hands with dictators, and Cheney takes their money. It's ALL about to come out and IT'S TIME.

    This country cannot take any more corruption anywhere in the government. Respect is not corruption. Money exchanges for favors or blood for oil are both corruption.

    May 14, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. Pete

    It is a pleasure to watch the Virginia Republican Party continue to implode. The macaca days are gone forever.

    May 14, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Evelyn

    wadda' maroon.

    May 14, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. Molly

    This is exactly what Republicans don't need to be saying right now. Like or not the Dems have done a great job labeling the Republicans as negative and the party of "No".

    May 14, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. tee

    Another ignorant repug

    May 14, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. WhoCares?

    Anyone else think the NEW RNC looks and sounds alot like the old RNC?

    As a for me.

    Republicans just haven't figured out that humans and specifically Americans don't want to hate and fear their fellow man. That they would rather have hope and joy in their hearts and souls and not hate and bitterness.

    May 14, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. Ryan

    I like how conservatives whining and moanin’ about Obama's bow but apparently we forgot about Bush's antics? Where was Pat Mullins when Bush held Saudi Princes hand and DID kiss him? what the heck is everyone going crazy about? I am going to assumed that someone will say, “Well, I don’t see President Bush bowing like what Obama did which is a big difference.” However, if that’s the case then what if Obama had been caught holding hands with the Prince then you, Rush, Worldnetdaily, Newsmax, Steamer, and Fox News would have been all over it. Bottom line, we need good relations with Middle Eastern people. It is Middle Eastern custom to bow to a King, no big deal it’s like shaking hands. Our country is a joke and getting mad about this... And even if he was a Muslim,…that doesn’t make him less of a human. I am atheist I respect all religions unlike Christians who preach “love everyone” except: Muslims, people that are not white, people who are not Americans.

    May 14, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Irma in North Carolina

    There isnt a day that goes by that there is a republican shooting off his mouth. How on earth do the republicans think they are gaining any ground by always bashing the president. Did they not learn from this in the last election. Every time a republican opens his or her mouth they are going under ground another foot.

    May 14, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. cjr

    oh, please, the people of VA have to be smarter than this! republicans are making fools of themselves on a daily basis. i suggest that all networks stop coverage of any republican saying anything. They are no longer a political party – instead just a bunch of old grumpy men,

    May 14, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. Vince

    I did not realize that Saudi Arabia wanted to destroy the U.S.

    Denigrate a decorated war hero, what a toolbag.

    It almost makes me embarrased that I lived most of my life in VA. What a joy it was to see it turn blue last November!

    May 14, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. Mississippi Mike

    He does literally and figuratively. Obama is becoming a dictator in his own right and I think he marvels at the power some of his peers have.

    May 14, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. donttreadonme

    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."---Really after how the dems treated McCain. The gloves are off you can't put them back on!!

    May 14, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Republicans are the American Taliban

    But holding hands and toe tapping is ok...right Pat?

    May 14, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. Neuroperson

    Yeah, like GOP is like lame, and like stuff, cuz like Obama is cool, because all my friends are like totally into him and stuff.

    May 14, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Bill in Austin

    Another in a long line of GOP hatchetmen who can not come up with an origingal idea on how to help this president and country. Give us a break.

    May 14, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. MEL

    Really, what about the one where Bush is strolling and holding and kissing the arabian leader. He was blind to that. such an irony.

    May 14, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. Minnesotan

    Its all they have really. Pathetic actually. When Bush bowed to the Saudi Kings and kissed his hands Dem's never ever even thought to use it as a whip to constantly strike our President with using talking points. But Obama demonstrates common courtesy that goes beyond the intellect of the GOP (bowing is a form of greeting to these folks) and the stale, lame GOP jumps all over it.

    I can't stand these people. Please, use substance and not this lame@ss crap!

    May 14, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. donttreadonme

    Randolph Carter May 14th, 2009 3:12 pm ET

    What? No mention of ACORN, Ayers, kool aid, Obamabots, socialism, the national debt, welfare queens, birth certificates or teleprompters? Come on, you can work more cliches in there if you would only try a little harder, Mr. Mullins. Have a nice day!
    Thanks couldn't sum up Obama any better!

    May 14, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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