The King of Saudi Arabia Gave More Than $1.3M in Gifts to the Obamas Last Year | US News – Repost from 2015

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I know when that Saudi bling, that can only mean one thing.

The kings of Saudi Arabia lead lavish lifestyles, and their gift-giving is no exception.

The State Department’s register of gifts – which was recently published in the Federal Register and lists items given to federal agencies by foreign governments – shows most dignitaries presenting mundane, but lovely, tokens to the White House: six boxes of dates from the ambassador of Algeria here, three bottles of wine from the French president there.

Enter the late Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Before his death earlier this year, he gifted the Obamas what can only be described as a whole lot of swag.

For the president himself: a gold and silver watch, estimated to be worth $18,240; a gold-plated brass replica of the Makkah Clock Tower, estimated at $57,000; and another watch, this one white gold, estimated at $67,000.

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