The Saudis are ticked off at First Lady Michelle Obama for not covering her head at King Abdullah’s funeral. Um, whatever. I am pretty sure Michelle Obama doesn’t give a damn what they think. I don’t get it…A blogger was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, but they are worried about FLOTUS covering her head? Really?
King Abdullah wasn’t exactly the peace-maker they are making him out to be. In fact, he was a misogynistic tyrant under whose watch Saudi women lived under the most oppressive conditions, such as bans on driving and voting.
Additionally, Saudi women can’t try on clothes while shopping and must have a male chaperon when they go out in public. They must also get their husband’s permission to open a bank account. So, yeah, I don’t blame Michelle Obama for having a disgusted look on her face for the four hours she was in Saudi Arabia.
It will be interesting to see how the right wing will spin this. I am sure you’ll hear, Michelle Obama was rude and condescending. But wait, Laura Bush never covered her head when she visited Saudi Arabia in 2006 either. Of course, truth never stopped the right wing freak-out. By the way, Nancy Pelosi and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice tagged along as part of a bipartisan delegation to Saudi Arabia and neither wore a head scarf.