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Did Saudi King Abdullah Bribe President Obama with 18k Gold Necklace, if Obama keeps it, must be disclosed, will press ask the President if gift merits payback.

June 10th, 2009 · No Comments

Drudge, the blogs, and talk radio were all over the hypocrisy of President Obama talking about human rights yet receiving a massive 18 karat gold chain, necklace, bling, whatever you want to call it, from Saudi King Abdullah. Saudi Arabia is one of the worst repressive dictatorships in the world. However, I have not read or heard one report asking what such a gift connotes to the Obama administration. Where is the ethical line? Could this not be considered bribery which is a very accepted practice in the Middle East? What are the full laws, as far as MikeFrancesa.com can discern, if a President keeps a gift, he or she must report it. Check out this old article from the NY Times over the controversy of gifts to former President Clinton:

Under federal law, gifts that the first family do not keep for themselves are exempt from the public disclosure requirement on presidential gifts, the investigators said.

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The findings, compiled from information contained on the White House gift database, were released this morning during a meeting of the full committee. The report was commissioned by Representative Doug Ose, a California Republican, who is seeking to build support for legislation he has proposed to tighten the rules on gifts to presidents.

He suggested that the people who gave these gifts to the Clintons could have been trying to gain access to the White House and influence the administration’s policy decisions.

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The report prompted sharp criticism from government-reform advocates, who said the Clintons acted inappropriately if not illegally, by not reporting the gifts.

“It’s a serious allegation if it’s true,” said Gary Ruskin, the director of the Congressional Accountability Project, a watchdog group. “The least you can say is that they are trying to evade gift reporting.”

The only information on the value of the Saudi Arabian gold necklace given to Obama is from this website:

As depicted in newswire photos, United States President Barack Obama has received the King Abdul Aziz Order of Merit from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

Certified jewelers at Cash4Gold, America’s #1 gold buyer direct from the general public, have closely examined photographs of the gift.

Assuming the necklace and medallion are crafted of solid 18K gold, the company estimates that the Order of Merit contains as much as $25,000 worth of gold.

Considering that the piece confers Saudi Arabia’s highest honor on President Obama, and that it was bestowed personally by the King on the President as part of an historic and widely reported Presidential visit, the symbolic value of the piece most likely surpasses its melt value. Melt value is the value of the actual precious metal contained in an item and that a refinery can extract and recycle. Melt value does not account for the decorative, artistic, historic, or sentimental value of a given item.

The key part is the sentences that are in bold which state that the true value of the Saudi Necklace is much higher than $25,000, who knows, it could be $100,000 or perhaps worth a million dollars if put up for auction.

Will anyone in the mainstream media ask Robert Gibbs, David Axelrod, or President Obama what he will do with the gift, will he properly disclose the item, will he consider its value when making future Presidential decisions regarding Saudi Arabia????

This is not a Republican or Democrat issue, this website thinks both parties are corrupt. You only have to go back to Condi Rice to see more Saudi Dictator gifts, however the Washington Post did an investigation of those gifts, will they investigate the Obama bling?:

Outgoing Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was showered with gifts from Middle Eastern leaders in recent years. In sum, her diplomatic trips resulted in more than $300,000 worth of jewelry.

Too bad she can’t keep any of it.

Rice scored a $165,000 ruby and diamond necklace, earrings, bracelet and ring, along with a $170,000 flower petal motif necklace, from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during visits in 2005 and 2007. She also nabbed an emerald and diamond ring, bracelet, necklace and earrings, made of 19-carat white gold, from Jordan’s King Abdullah. Its price tag: $147,000.

Both items were turned over to the General Services Administration, as was nearly everything else on the 54-page list released today in a Federal Register notice. Gifts are usually stored in government archives or with the GSA in accordance with federal law, which bars officials from accepting personal presents in almost all circumstances. They are then shipped off to the National Archives or given to charitable organizations.

President Obama trying on gold gift necklace from Saudi King Abdullah

President Obama should have either refused the gift or not tried it on, in his speech he should have denounced human rights violations that are conducted by the Saudi Arabian government on a daily basis.

Barack Obama receives gold chain from Saudi King Abdullah.

Barack Obama receives gold chain from Saudi King Abdullah.

Barack Obama receives gold chain from Saudi King Abdullah.

New Boss, Same as the Old Boss, George Bush receives gold chain from Saudi King just like Barack Obama.

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