how a community organizer turned President of the United States
bows to foreign leaders when they’re about to bestow his family
and aides with hundreds of thousands in jewels and jewelry…
Hedge, Saudi Arabia gave White House aides jewelry worth
hundreds of thousands of dollars in large suitcases, according
to Ben Rhodes, former speechwriter and deputy national security
adviser in the Obama administration.
memoir The World As It Is, published on Tuesday, Rhodes recounts
a trip to Saudi Arabia in June 2009 soon after Barack Obama
on arrival he and other US officials were taken to housing units
in a compound owned by the monarchy in the desert.
opened the door to my unit, I found a large suitcase,” Rhodes
to Saudi Arabia was the beginning of Obama’s first tour of the
Middle East as President and preceded his famous Cairo speech
which he intended as a message to the Muslim world.
says at first he thought the bagged treasure was a bribe, to
influence him as he wrote Obama’s speech.
he soon learned he was not the only member of the delegation to
be lavished with such expense.
Department’s register notes the Saudis gave Rhodes“one
pair of silver cufflinks, one male watch, one female
watch, one silver pen, and one diamond jewelry set
including earrings, a ring, and a bracelet, presented in a
green leather case”.
justifies the acceptance of such gifts by saying“non-acceptance
would cause embarrassment to [the] donor and US
then Saudi king, Abdullah, gave the Obamas and their daughters
almost $190,000 worth of gifts.
diamond and ruby jewelry set given to Michelle Obama was
valued at $132,000 alone.
wonder Ben Rhodes was crying after Hillary lost the election.
It will be a very long time before another Democrat gets a
suitcase filled with jewelry from the Saudi’s.