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    Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia



    Barack Obama was in Riyadh on Tuesday to pay his respects to the late Saudi King Abdullah. His visit, for which he cut short a much-hyped trip to India, underscores how important the U.S.-Saudi relationship remains to the American leadership. On social media, however, much of the attention has focused on something else: His wife's attire. Link.
    Some women are not to be messed with.. What I like about this is how black African heritage peoples are seen in Arab countries and this one threw local custom back in their face.

    reminded me of this story -

    Queen Elizabeth II once terrorized King Abdullah by driving him around

    Sir Sherard Cowper Coles was given a private audience with the Queen when he was appointed Ambassador to Saudi Arabia in 2003. At the time, Abdullah was technically still the crown prince, though he'd been de facto ruler for several years. During their meeting, she gleefully recounted the story of Abdullah's first visit to Balmoral, her castle in Scotland. It all started innocently enough, with an offer to tour the estate:

    -- The royal Land Rovers were drawn up in front of the castle. As instructed, the Crown Prince climbed into the front seat of the front Land Rover, his interpreter in the seat behind --

    To his surprise, the Queen climbed into the driving seat, turned the ignition and drove off --

    Queen Elizabeth basically spent an afternoon using her military-grade driving skills to haze the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Link.
    Too bad Michelle O wasn't given the opportunity to drive the motorcade but I'm certainly glad she didn't stand the prerequisite 10 feet behind her man

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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    Liberals: Good for her, standing up for her rights and ignoring multiculturalism!
    Conservatives: How can she insult our allies like this!? Damn it! We should respect Islam!
    Libertarians: *after putting down the bongs* Wait... Arabia isn't just a country in Aladdin?
    Moderate: Good grief, what the hell is she wearing? How are you going to get caught with the damn king of Saudi Arabia wearing Pottery Barn curtains? That's what is really important here.
    Other:
    Well, what this really signifies is that Michelle Obama is having an existential epiphany related to the croissants she had that morning.
    Liberals pretending to be Independents: Well I for one will take this as an opportunity to be heard on issues that I believe will make me seem less liberal.
    Conservatives pretending to be Independents: Wait, wait! Look at this link that shows how much Syrian Muslims hate crepes!
    Centrists: I have an opinion!
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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabians can promptly go **** themselves if they think we should subject our women, much less our first lady to their barbaric and oppressive desires.
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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    This falls under the damned if she does, damned if she doesn't category.

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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    Seems we have another example that illustrates well that Saudi Arabia is just another Islamic theocratic nation assuming visitors adherence to their customs but showing no tolerance of customs of others. Proves well why our foreign policy needs a good review, if we have to show respect for a nation that still outlaws public showing of faith or practice in other religions.
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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    Saudi Arabians can promptly go **** themselves if they think we should subject our women, much less our first lady to their barbaric and oppressive desires.
    Precisely. Dress in Saudi Arabia isn't used to show respect. It's used to show subjugation. Good on the first lady.

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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Liberals: Good for her, standing up for her rights and ignoring multiculturalism!
    Conservatives: How can she insult our allies like this!? Damn it! We should respect Islam!
    Libertarians: *after putting down the bongs* Wait... Arabia isn't just a country in Aladdin?
    Moderate: Good grief, what the hell is she wearing? How are you going to get caught with the damn king of Saudi Arabia wearing Pottery Barn curtains? That's what is really important here.
    Other:
    Well, what this really signifies is that Michelle Obama is having an existential epiphany related to the croissants she had that morning.
    Liberals pretending to be Independents: Well I for one will take this as an opportunity to be heard on issues that I believe will make me seem less liberal.
    Conservatives pretending to be Independents: Wait, wait! Look at this link that shows how much Syrian Muslims hate crepes!
    Centrists: I have an opinion!
    Libertarians: *after putting down the bongs* How can she insult our allies like this, but good for her, standing up for her rights and ignoring multiculturalism! I do like those Pottery Barn curtains for clothes though.
    We went from sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me to safe spaces.

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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_State View Post
    Libertarians: *after putting down the bongs* How can she insult our allies like this, but good for her, standing up for her rights and ignoring multiculturalism! I do like those Pottery Barn curtains for clothes though.
    I went for the easy kill. Sue me.
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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    I went for the easy kill. Sue me.
    The pottery barn comment will make me smile for a good portion of the morning. Thanks for that.
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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_State View Post
    Libertarians: *after putting down the bongs* How can she insult our allies like this, but good for her, standing up for her rights and ignoring multiculturalism! I do like those Pottery Barn curtains for clothes though.
    I think she looks great.
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