Saudi royalty showers $1.3 million in gifts on Obamas
Saudi royal family leads private gifts to Obama family in 2014, giving Michelle expensive jewelry and Barack a floor-length cape.
By Ari Yashar
The US State Department last week made public a list of the strange and expensive gifts US President Barack Obama and his family were given by world leaders over the course of 2014.
The gifts given to the Obama family topped $1.5 million, although as a federal employee Obama is legally barred from accepting them and must reject them, turn them over to the federal government, or pay their market value in order to keep them. Obama has dispensed most of the gifts to the National Archives, reports CNN.
Coming in first place in pampering the Obamas was the Saudi royal family, which gave head and shoulders above the rest by forking out around $1.3 million in various presents – the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz spent over a million dollars in expensive jewelry for Michelle Obama alone.
Obama had a close relationship with Abdullah, who died this January at the age of 90. The president was sharply criticized for bowing to the Saudi king in 2009, not long after taking office. Ironically, given the lavish gifts given to her, Michelle was blurred out by Saudi TV in January during a condolence visit after Abdullah’s death.
The most expensive gift was sent by Abdullah to Michelle, and consisted of a “diamond and emerald jewelry set including necklace, earrings, ring, and bracelet.” Later in 2014 he gave her another “diamond and pearl jewelry set including necklace, earrings, ring, and bracelet.”
The exclusive jewelry reached a whopping combined total of $1.1 million.
Abdullah didn’t forget Obama’s two daughters Malia and Sasha either – he bought the two dazzling jewelry sets
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