**Requested Repost from 2015
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.