[Rushtalk] Obama Accepted $1.3M in Gifts Last Year from a Country Who Beheads more People than ISIS

Carl Spitzer lynux at keepandbeararms.com
Sun Dec 13 20:33:47 MST 2015

Obama Accepted $1.3M in Gifts Last Year from a Country Who Beheads more
People than ISIS

        By Andrew Emett | The Free Thought Project| November 29, 2015

Released a day before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Department of State
disclosed its annual list of gifts from foreign governments to federal
employees. Although the State Department publicly condemned Saudi Arabia
for numerous human rights violations, the Saudi king gave President
Obama and his family roughly $1.35 million in gifts last year.

According to the Office of the Federal Register, many world leaders
offered the president and multiple other federal employees lavish gifts
throughout 2014. While British Prime Minister David Cameron gave Obama a
photograph and facsimile telegram from Winston Churchill estimated at
$440, Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud offered First Lady
Michelle Obama $1.13 million in jewelry sets. As Prince William
pompously gave the president a signed photographic portrait of Prince
William valued at $888, the Saudi King sent $80,000 jewelry sets to
Obama’s daughters.

The Saudi government also gave the president two gold wristwatches
valued at $85,240. Leading the international community in attempting to
whore out our commander-in-chief, the Saudi king also presented Obama
with a gold-plated brass replica of the Makkah Clock Tower on marble
base estimated at $57,000.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered a $440 photograph of
the first American consulate in Jerusalem circa 1888, while Palestinian
President Dr. Mahmoud Abbas gave Obama an ornate metallic disc plaque
valued at $625. The Iraqi government sent a vase worth $430.

Instead of giving alms to the poor, Pope Francis presented Obama with a
bronze medal valued at $1,015. His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin,
Secretary of State of the Holy See, gave the president a folio of
lithographs worth $1,707.

On January 5, 2014, the Saudi king gave a $19,628 silver wristwatch to
White House Staff Member Prem Kumar. He also sent $8,170 gold
wristwatches to White House Staff Members Philip Gordon, Rob Malley, and
Ben Rhodes. With no sense of dignity or integrity, the Saudi government
also gave Dr. Susan Rice a gold wristwatch and figurine valued at

Before passing away earlier this year, King Abdullah reportedly spent
over $9.8 million on U.S. lobbyists in 2013. According to the State
Department’s 2014 human rights report, the Saudi government physically
abuses detainees, holds political prisoners, denies due process, commits
arbitrary arrests, and restricts freedom of expression. While allowing
corrupt government officials to operate with impunity, the Saudis also
beheaded Mohammad bin Bakr al-Alawi, a Saudi national, for practicing

Although the State Department listed several gifts to CIA Director John
Brennan and multiple anonymous agency employees, the donors’ names have
been redacted because “such information could adversely affect United
States intelligence sources or methods.” Besides receiving a $10,000
Omega men’s watch, Brennan was also given a $7,500 decorative rug. While
world leaders openly gave the president books, a CIA employee received
an unidentified series of children’s books valued at $832.13. For some
reason, the kid’s books were “retained for official use.”

Fortunately, the First Family cannot keep any of these gifts without
paying market value for them when Obama leaves office. According to U.S.
law, the president must pay for the gifts/bribes or turn them over to
the National Archives or other organizations for storage or display.
According to the State Department, non-acceptance of the gifts “would
cause embarrassment to the donor and U.S. Government.”

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