Saudis gave the Obama Team suitcases of jewels before apology tour


No wonder Hillary loved the Saudis. One can only wonder how much stuff made its way to Chappaquiddick and her foundations. Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewels were given to the Obama entourage on their visit. Why am I just not sure all of it made its way back to the government as required? A tidbit from Ben Rhodes book that no one will tell you.

But first a flashback.

Remember this?  

Why is Hillary measuring White House drapes in 2016, can’t she reference the ones she stole in 2000?

This was as she and Bill were exiting.

Giving Back

After they were criticized for taking $190,000 worth of china, flatware, rugs, televisions, sofas and other gifts with them when they left, the Clintons announced last week that they would pay for $86,000 worth of gifts, or nearly half the amount.

But now on to Ben Rhodes book:

Now we know one reason why Obama bowed to the Saudi monarch.
The Saudi Kingdom gave the Obama team suitcases of jewels during their infamous Apology Tour.

The White House later insisted this was not a bow in another lie.

Zero Hedge reported:

Saudi Arabia gave White House aides jewellery worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in large suitcases, according to Ben Rhodes, former speechwriter and deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration.

In his memoir The World As It Is, published on Tuesday, Rhodes recounts a trip to Saudi Arabia in June 2009 soon after Barack Obama became president.

He says on arrival he and other US officials were taken to housing units in a compound owned by the monarchy in the desert.

“When I opened the door to my unit, I found a large suitcase,” Rhodes recounts.

“Inside were jewels.”

The trip 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.

Rhodes says at first he thought the bagged treasure was a bribe, to influence him as he wrote Obama’s speech.

However, he soon learned he was not the only member of the delegation to be lavished with such expense.

Snip….

Eleven other White House officials were given gift sets by the Saudi government.

The president and his wife, Michelle, were not spared expensive gifts either.

The then Saudi king, Abdullah, gave the Obamas and their daughters almost $190,000 worth of gifts.

A diamond and ruby jewelery set given to Michelle Obama was valued at $132,000 alone.

 

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14 Responses to “Saudis gave the Obama Team suitcases of jewels before apology tour”

  1. Mustang Says:

    Politicians are scum. I repeat this to myself on a daily basis … so that I won’t forget.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      All one has to do is turn on the news…..watching MSNBC this morning on their take of Donald the Great’s meeting… 🙂 Says it all.

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  3. the unit Says:

    And nobody said… 🙂

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Ok Unit…. I see you are into music!!! 🙂 Appropriate….

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  4. Steve Dennis Says:

    Nothing surprises me any more but every once in awhile something like this comes around to remind me just how deep the swamp really is.It really is deeper than any of us imagined.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      At first I thought this was the onion. Suitcases full of jewels… just letting them know that there was a lot more where this came from for future endeavors.

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  5. bydesign001 Says:

    And they took the “treasure,” every damned last one of them.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      I don’t believe for one nanosecond it made it back to the National Archives. I wish we had a true investigative journalist willing to take a look…..

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  6. petermc3 Says:

    The Clinton’s will probably have luggage racks on their hearses as they try to take it with them….

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Good one Peter… enough is never enough for these two.

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  7. geeez2014 Says:

    This is hilarious: “Rhodes says at first he thought the bagged treasure was a bribe, to influence him as he wrote Obama’s speech. However, he soon learned he was not the only member of the delegation to be lavished with such expense.”
    Okaaaay…so because they gave to others, too, it couldn’t have been a bribe covered to look like it wasn’t? Rhodes, don’t be so naive.

    I just found this: “Today, foreign gifts—from paintings to ceremonial daggers—are sent to the National Archives.”
    THIS is the site where I found that. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/02/the-unusual-gifts-given-to-presidents/462831/
    And, indeed, Googling this, I did find they gave it all to the Nat’l Archives. You can buy the stuff given to you as gifts, and the money goes to America, or give it to the Archives.

    So it seems nobody kept any of it without paying for it BUT…BUT. Who’s to say what comes to any Presidential family AFTER they’re not president anymore? Who’s to say there isn’t a “We’ll give you even BETTER stuff after you’re not president anymore IF YOU do this KNOW..?” Who’s to say what Obama got from Iran after he was out of office for the boxes of cash we sent while he was president? CAN THAT BE CHECKED ON? IS THAT LEGAL?

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    • bunkerville Says:

      They are given the choice of buying it… but who appraises the value?? Just saying….yep, naive to say the least .. a real knee slapper.

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