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Obama's Visit to Saudi Arabia Shows Off King's Desert Retreat

Although they did not discuss human rights, President Obama met with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia today during his visit to absolute monarchy. The visit gave Saudis a glimpse into the King's desert retreat after an American journalist tweeted photographs from Rawdat Khuraim.

On Twitter, reactions poured in throughout brief meeting.

Satirist Karl Sharro quips:

Saudi activist Tamador Alyami asks [ar]:

Question: Why are American women journalists allowed at Rawdat Khuraim (the king's desert retreat) while Saudi women journalists are banned?

And there was a challenge for Obama:

Journalist Kim Ghattas picks up the thread and asks:

In other news, Bayan notes:

And Carrie Budoff Brown tweeted away scenes Saudis were shielded from such as these:

A surprised Brown comments:

And Otaibi explains why:

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