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Obama's Royal Chauffeur

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) (R) meets with King Abdullah II of Jordan at Biet al-Urdon palace July 22, 2008 in Amman, Jordan. (Yusef Allan/Jordanian Royal Palace via Getty Images)

By Dan Balz
AMMAN -- Never say the Jordanians aren't good hosts.

Barack Obama got the ultimate ride to the airport here Tuesday night, personally driven by King Abdullah in the king's Mercedes 600.

The candidate's motorcade roared onto the tarmac about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday night and rolled at high speed up to Obama's campaign charter. From the driver's seat came the king, from the passenger seat Obama -- the only people in the car.

As cameras rolled and security agents scurried, the two men chatted for a minute before Obama walked up the stairs onto the plane for his flight to Israel.

Earlier Obama and the king met privately and then dined at Beit al-Urdan, the royal palace, along with Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.). The two senators accompanied Obama to Iraq and Afghanistan but are breaking off here while Obama continues on to Israel, Germany, France and Great Britain.

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Its awesome to see how Senator Obama is awakening so many people to sit up and take notice. He is definitely acting very presidential with a sensitivity for other nations. Senator Obama has a multicultural, multiethnic, multiunderstanding of OUR Nation and will be a great leader to bridge the gap of misunderstanding Americans have had to bear for the last eight years. Thank God it is coming to an end soon and we can look forward to better international relations... and hopefully a better economy... after Senator Obama cleans up the White House. It definitely will be a difficult presidency for a few years, no matter who gets into office because of what President Bush leaves behind. Let us all get down on our knees and pray for a better tomorrow and vote for Senator Obama. ALOHA.

Posted by: Ele JGM in BIHawaii | July 24, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Great! Credit to Mr. Obama whose genuine personality is so impressive that people genuinely want to flock to him!

Posted by: Anju Chandel | July 24, 2008 2:15 AM | Report abuse

As Tiger always says 'It is what it is' i.e. the King of Jordan chauferred Barak. Admire it or abhor it 'It is what it is' How you view it reveals your prejudice and not the event.

Posted by: wilbur | July 24, 2008 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Obama is right on! He will be a great leader, and I'll be so proud to have him as President of the US. He's young, but not too young, vibrant, intelligent and doesn't let anyone mess over hime. We need that! It will be cool to have a "James Bondish" kind of president. Awesome! I'm voting for him in NY. By the way, I do vote issues, and he's clearly the best man for the job!

Posted by: Vegas | July 23, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't the King of Jordan just in touring the US? Does anyone know about this?

Posted by: Shankarwolf | July 22, 2008 8:13 PM


Yes, you're correct. I believe he returned from a trip to Colorado to visit with Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

That would have been so cool to see. Both are about the same age and seeing the king racing in his mercedes with Obama, with his raybans on, riding shotgun.
sounds like a buddy movie with 2 cool guys.
Now, can you even imagine the King doing something like that or half as cool with McSame or Bush?
Sometimes it's just fun to have a thought of having a supercool guy be president after 8 years of the embarrassing chimpy.

Posted by: vwcat | July 23, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Obama's trip is a huge Hollywood-like staged event. I fail to understand why folks cannot see the grandeur with which he portrays himself ..... elitism to the hilt! It takes a LOT of gall and lack of experience for him to think he knows more than General Petraeus.

Posted by: Twiggy | July 23, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse


It will be a big relief to see Obama lose? You must be very rich. How else can you say something so out of touch. Have you been paying attention the last 8 years? 10,000,000,000 a month. Not here in AMERICA where we have a city that was destoyed. We have bridges falling into rivers, we have $4 gas and $4 milk. This war was started and supported by the same people who claim to have international experience. You TALAL want to put these "geniuses" back in office. You must be wealthy. God bless you and your millions. If you are not rich then please dispute any of the facts I stated above and tell me you are doing well.

Posted by: BTKT | July 23, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse


Keep writing. I need examples of what not being educated must be like. I read these to my children. It prepares them for a world with fools like you walking around. Go read a book.

Posted by: BTKT | July 23, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

your comments are simply pitiable.Stop this twisted bigotry hate for muslims.Nothing wrong with being one.for whatever it is that you believe in,how better are you than any muslim anywhere?Like it or not you really have to bend low to them for their precious oil,as they dictate how much of your piously earned dollars you repatriate to them.So dont be too shallow man,you are not scaring anybody by your narrowmindedness.Obama is winning and Americans know it and love it,,and so does the world,,even kings,,,so your opinion does not matter to anyone anywhere.

Posted by: sam,dallas | July 23, 2008 6:08 AM | Report abuse

Of course the King is catering to Obama he's hoping to strike a deal with a fellow Muslim.

Posted by: sc341 | July 23, 2008 3:45 AM | Report abuse

'know the facts' posting are offensive and exhibit how little he knows.All those personal attacks on Obama are the ultimate reason we need a new direction devoid of the meaningless old politics which advance washington's interests as well as Mcbush's.Obama means well and he is sincere and the rest of the world knows it.At least,GOP's and Mccain's negative taunting of Obama has gone a long way in enhancing his image.The world and America knows that Obama's agenda is the panacea to the old ,tired politics that have really brought this country into disrepute worldwide and obliterated our economy to nothing.May the good Lord bless Obama and enlarge his vision for all of us to discern.

Posted by: sam,dallas | July 23, 2008 2:42 AM | Report abuse

OK the hearse comment was uncalled for. Let's not sink to the Republican's level.

Posted by: Luke | July 23, 2008 2:12 AM | Report abuse

McCain? McCain. McCain? I have got to call it as I see it. John McCain is TOO OLD to be our next president. Wake up America!! His mind is not sharp. He is making mistakes now on a daily basis. His whole hook has been his Foreign Policy experience cred. He is making mistakes in HIS area of expertise everyday. He intends to carry out most of Bush's policies. What experience does McCain have? Like Obama, he doesn't have executive experience. For those of you who are voting for McCain, what confidence do you have that he going to do right by the economy, social issues and foreign affairs?

Posted by: Dennis | July 23, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

How quaint!

A nice long private chat.

Wonder what they Talked about?


THIS, little enquiring mind,

Really, REALLY, wants to KNOW! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | July 23, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

It seems Obama is the "Perfect Prop" in the International game of politics. Each side gets to use him to score points at home, and abroad. I wonder who is going to put their coat on the floor so his feet won't get.

VJ Machiavelli
ps "Appeasement One" and "Withdrawal Two" the only way to fly and meet world leaders.

Posted by: VJ Machiavelli | July 22, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is finished. How in the world can a candidate for president accuse another presidential candidate of wanting to win an election more than he wants to war while painting himself vice versa? That infamous temper has reared it's ugly head.

And to put the nail in his coffin he completely screwed up in a public interview the timelines between the surge and the Shiites and Sunnis coming together to battle Al Queda. Mr. Straight Talk, Mr. Foreign policy yet again, can't get his timelines accurate and correct.

This a man who is desperate and now will babble out falseties to the American people. He's becoming George Bush right before our eyes. This man is senile and is incapable of running our nation.

People come to your senses, You don't want McCain in office no more than you want Osama Bin Ladin vacationing on a U.S. beach unnoticed

Posted by: 2pacolypse | July 22, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

"NBC's chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell spoke on Hardball last night and made some acute observations during an appearance on Hardball with Chris Matthews. "You're seeing selected pictures taken by the military, questions by the military and what some would call fake interviews because they're not interviews from a journalist," she said.


So the media, who is supposedly "in the tank" for Obama is now claiming the military is "in the tank" for Obama. Too funny!

Posted by: HonestAbe | July 22, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Chuckamok, maybe you're right and maybe not. There will be more charismatic candidates and candidates that don't carry the baggage that Obama carried at the beginning of his campaign, and candidates that are stronger than Obama. All sort of reasons. Obama loosing in November means that he will have no chance of running with the same level of enthusiasm again, because it'll be someone else's turn next time. And next time, Obama won't have Bush to blame for everything. I don't support Obama this November for one reason only: Obama is no commander-in-chief.

A big turn off this week is that Obama thinks he is already president. It will give certain people the greatest satisfaction to see Obama lose in November. Build up his expectations and then let him plunge HARD.

Posted by: Talal | July 22, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA IS A TERRORIST. Obama's wife is an active member of the Black Panthers. Obama is in cahoots with Osama.

OBAMA IS A FAKE. Obama represents the worst of a new kind of politics. He will manipulate, race-bully, and engage in well-orchestrated attacks against any who will say anything possibly construed as negative against him. Call him the liberal version of Tricky Dicky. The difference is Obama does it with a creepy perma-grin. This makes Obama more dangerous. Meanwhile all his failings are covered by a biased media.

Say no to the Leviathan Media, and do not allow this joke into the White House.

Posted by: Know the Facts | July 22, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama represents the worst of the machine.

Bring this fraud and joke of a candidate down.

ROCK AGAINST OBAMA 2008. The Real Youth Revolution. Active Young Americans against Media Manipulation, the Truth Seekers Union.

Posted by: Rock Against Obama 2008 | July 22, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

"If he doesn't make it, he'll fade into obscurity."

I disagree. He's a young man with many skills and much charisma, and could easily run again.

Posted by: Chuckamok | July 22, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

"NBC's chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell spoke on Hardball last night and made some acute observations during an appearance on Hardball with Chris Matthews.

"You're seeing selected pictures taken by the military, questions by the military and what some would call fake interviews because they're not interviews from a journalist," she said. "Politically, it's smart as can be, but we have not seen a presidential candidate do this, in my recollection, ever before."

When questioned by Matthews about some of the video from Obama's time in Iraq, Mitchell continued. "I can't really say, being a reporter who was not present in any of those situations, I just can't report on what was edited out, what was on the sidelines," said Mitchell. "We don't know what we are seeing."

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Notice that on this trip Obama is making that he seems to be genuinely treated with
deference as opposed to indifference. In
eight years I've rarely seen a photo op in which those who are present with our illegitimately appoint fraud George W. Bush
even look comfortable. That goes for Senator John Mccain as well.

Posted by: Jet-Man | July 22, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Far out.

This trip has exceeded my wildest expectations for him, and he hasn't even gotten to Europe yet.

Love it. Love it. Love it.

Posted by: Susan | July 22, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Give Obama bananas.

Posted by: Playa | July 22, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey of Jordanian King Abdullah II has enough class and presence of mind to personally drive Seantor Barack Obama
to the airport after their meeting, I'd
call that integrity. Bush hasn't gotten
any invitiation like that in eight long years.

Posted by: Jet-Man | July 22, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

If Obama become president, it'll be a brief presidency. EIther he'll find out that he's prepared for the job or an Iraqi will take him out for the mass killings that happen after Obama pulls out US troops.

Posted by: Jackson | July 22, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be funny if Obama doesn't get elected in Nvember. I mean, he's making a lot of promises. If he doesn't make it, he'll fade into obscurity. Maybe, Obama should know a few things about uncertainty. It's a big part of life.

Posted by: Talal | July 22, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't the King of Jordan just in touring the US? Does anyone know about this?

Posted by: Shankarwolf | July 22, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

MSNBC reports:

"But the merits of this sort of civil differentiation seemed lost on Scheunemann, who launched into a long diatribe questioning Obama's record and where his judgment on foreign policy comes from" (July 22 at 2:24 p.m.).

Is this true? If so, it was Randy who screwed up everything. Foreign policy advisor advises his/her candidate regarding foreign policy.

Posted by: premier | July 22, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama the statesman. I can't wait to see the campaign ads showing Barack being welcomed by the troops and foreign service staff. Wow! And he's being received as a true world leader by EVERYONE over there. How great will it be to be represented by a person of character and charisma.

Posted by: lar | July 22, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Fox News didn't "boycot" Obama's trip.....Obama's campaign staff "boycotted" Faux News! ROTFLMAO!!

Now, poor crybaby, whining, McCan't Remeber Sh$t is sticking his thumbs in his own eyes for stressing Obama to go to Iraq. Obama took him up on the offer and came out blazing like the President of the USA...He makes McCan't remember Sh&t and Gee Wacko Bush look absolutely retarded....I am glad that the rest of the world gets to see that there are still some intelligent decision makers in the U.S.A.

Posted by: Obama is the MAn!!! | July 22, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Talal! You just figured that out? That Obama is a Muslim? Wow. Man, that's such an intelligent thing to say and share with others. Way to go! You've really added insight and thoightful dialouge to these comments! Thank you for reminding us that Obama is a Muslim! Also did you know that Obama is a Butcher, a Baker, and a Candlestick maker? Maybe that's why he's getting personal rides from King Abdullah. Maybe King Abdullah just really likes good cuts of beef with his candles and cookies! Something to think about there, Talal!

Posted by: Edward Lear, MIchigan | July 22, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

lupercal "it speaks directly to this idea that obama isn't ready for prime time, and isn't commander in chief material."

Huh? Obama isn't commander in chief material because he was driven by the King of Jordan? That doesn't make any sense at all. What it shows is that the King of Jordan feels at ease with Senator Obama and that the Senator knows how to deal with foreign dignitaries.

Posted by: Jay | July 22, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

That's because Obama is a Muslim. Time for real change in America.

Posted by: Talal | July 22, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he can drive McCain's Hearse also!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Hush...let's not signify this too much, or the mccain campaign may start whining that Mclame didn't get a ride from the king like Obama did.

Posted by: Playa | July 22, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

this demonstrates that foreign leaders are hungry for real intelligence and thought in american politics and in the office of the presidency... after the ineptitude fo the past 8 years

Posted by: ashish | July 22, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Driven to the airport by King Abdullah himself. Cool! I'm sure FOXX news, who apparently boycotted Obama's trip, will report some snide hearsay remarks about the limo ride 'cause FOXX has little substantive news to report.

Posted by: Tom in Alabama | July 22, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I bet this was a great private conversation! Obviously, Jordan is a key player in the Mideast, and King Abdullah is a very experienced, thoughtful and wise man. Bush and Cheney did not utilize him well because they were not interested in an equitable peaceful Mideast solution, at least while Arial Sharon and Arafat were alive.

King Abdullah can be an effective partner for the US. So it is great that he took Obama personally to the airport.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

ok. it is relevant and newsworthy because the KING of Jordan doesn't just chauffeur people around. One would imagine it's because they have a real working affinity that the king would give him advice on how to navigate the middle east conflicts (by some other report), and chauffeur him around. Can you picture him chauffeuring bush around? i think not. it speaks directly to this idea that obama isn't ready for prime time, and isn't commander in chief material.

Posted by: lupercal | July 22, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Aw hell, forget about the limo, let's go dirt bikin' on my ranch! Sheeiittt!

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 22, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Cuz it showcases Obama's charisma and popularity, even in the middle east.

Posted by: Playa | July 22, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Okay...I may be an avid Obama supporter, but this blog is relevant, how?

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 22, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain whining about that too.

Posted by: Playa | July 22, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

So the King of Jordan personally drove Obama to the airport. Whoever said Obama wasn't ready to deal with heads of states needs to have their heads checked. THE WORLD AND U.S.A. SEZ OBAMA IS READY AS PREZ AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF, unlike the wife beater who's name I won't mention because he may throw a hissy fit.

Posted by: Playa | July 22, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

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