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Obama Adds Saudi Arabia Stop to Mideast Trip

By Michael D. Shear
President Obama will travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for a previously unannounced visit during which he will discuss Mideast peace with King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, press secretary Robert Gibbs said today.

The visit will take place the day before Obama is to deliver a speech in Cairo, Egypt. In the speech, he is expected to speak broadly to the Muslim world and also discuss his hopes for peace in the region.

Gibbs said that Obama will hold no public events in Riyadh but will have a private dinner with the King and will spend the night in the city before heading to Egypt.

Following the Cairo speech, the president is scheduled to visit a former Nazi concentration camp and then help commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France.

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 26, 2009; 4:13 PM ET
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Will Obama also visit the public behadings that frequently take place in Saudi Arabia? Will Obama mention anything about religious freedom to his Saudi hosts? Will Obama mention to them anything about the American values of liberty, freedom of conscience, equality before the law and gender equality? Will he mention anything about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which Saudi Arabia, like all of the other Moslem countries, rejects?

Posted by: Montedoro | May 27, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Visiting the country that supports terrorism all over the world should be fun for the President. I hope he doesn't kiss any more rings there. I applaud the President whenever he takes the time to work on improving not limiting our security and counterterrorism.
I suggest that he furnish each member of his security team with two books. BECAUSE THEY HATE and THEY MUST BE STOPPED by the Lebanese Christian woman Bridget Gabriel who lived through the horrors of war brought first against the Christians in her country and when rescued by the Israelis she understood that the lessons of hate the Jews and love the Muslims was the exact opposite of what she should be doing. They Must Be Stopped is New York Times bestselling author Brigitte Gabriel’s warning to the world: We can no longer ignore the growth of radical Islam--we must act soon, and powerfully. Gabriel challenges our western and politically-correct notions about Islam, demonstrating why radical Islam is so deadly and how we can halt its progress.
Brigitte Gabriel speaks her mind:

*Fundamentalist Islam is a religion rooted in 7th century teachings that are fundamentally opposed to democracy and equality.

*Radical Islamists are utterly contemptuous of all “infidels” (non-Muslims) and regard them as enemies worthy of death.

*Madrassas in America are increasing in number, and they are just one part of a growing radical Islamic army on US soil.

*Radical Islam exploits the US legal system and America’s protection of religion to spread its hatred for western values.

*America must organize a unified voice that says “enough” to political correctness, and demands that government officials and elected representatives do whatever is necessary to protect us.

Brigitte Gabriel has fearlessly faced down critics, death threats, and political correctness, and is one of the most sought after terrorism experts in the world. They Must Be Stopped is her clarion call to action. Gabriel thoroughly addresses the historical and religious basis of radical Islam, its frightening encroachment into societies around the world, and its abuses of democracy in the name of religion.

Posted by: mharwick | May 27, 2009 6:21 AM | Report abuse

wish i could be as fly on the wall for that meeting.

personally, i don't like the way the saudi royal family has financed and formented all this crazy fundementalist muslim crap.

obama needs to tell them to cut it out.

or else we nuke them.

anyway, look at the two muslim countries he is visiting. one has a effing king, while the other, egypt, has a dictator for life that is getting ready to pass on the reins of power to his son.


jesus, the muslin world is not ready for democracy.

they're lucky they can handle indoor plumbing.

Posted by: californicationdude | May 26, 2009 8:
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Iran will nuke california too !!!

Posted by: fan2lee1 | May 27, 2009 1:16 AM | Report abuse

I see that Obama's tour of Arab-world dictatorships we call friends continues.

He represents a "change" from Bush, right? I mean apart from his ability to speak English and form complete thoughts...

Posted by: geezjan | May 26, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

wish i could be as fly on the wall for that meeting.

personally, i don't like the way the saudi royal family has financed and formented all this crazy fundementalist muslim crap.

obama needs to tell them to cut it out.

or else we nuke them.

anyway, look at the two muslim countries he is visiting. one has a effing king, while the other, egypt, has a dictator for life that is getting ready to pass on the reins of power to his son.


jesus, the muslin world is not ready for democracy.

they're lucky they can handle indoor plumbing.

Posted by: californicationdude | May 26, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

The Muslim - going back home to his Muslim world.

Posted by: hclark1 | May 26, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Why will Obama hold no public events in Riyadh ?

Stop deception, don't pretense to be friends with Saudi Arabia in public, especially on behalf of Israel to attack Iran.


Posted by: eddy2set | May 26, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Why will Obama hold no public events in Riyadh ?

Stop deception, don't pretense be friends with Saudi Arabia in public, especially on behalf of Israel to attack Iran.

Posted by: eddy2set | May 26, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

PRESIDENT OBAMA: PLEASE DO YOUR COUNTRY THE COURTESY OF NOT, REPEAT NOT BOWING TO KING ABDULLAH, AS YOU DID SOME MONTHS AGO, IN YOUR FIRST MEETING WITH HIM! IF YOU LOOK AT THE PICTURE OF YOU BOWING BEFORE HIM, EVEN THE ASIAN GUY IN THE PICTURE LOOKED SHOCKED-SHOCKED! BUT NOT AS MUCH AS WE HERE IN THE US CRINGED IN EMBARASSMENT THAT OUR PRESIDENT WOULD DO SUCH AN INCOMPREHENSIBLE THING! DON'T DO IT AGAIN, PRESIDENT OBAMA! PLEASE DO NOT EMBARASS THE UNITED STATES, YOURSELF, AND DIMINISH THIS COUNTRY BY DOING THAT EVER EVER EVER AGAIN!

Posted by: arrabbiato | May 26, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

aka "The Welcome Home" tour.

Posted by: ImpeachObama | May 26, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

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