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Thu Jan 29, 2015, 04:11 AM

74. PHOTOS: Female Leaders Besides Michelle Obama Who Didn’t Wear A Headscarf In Saudi Arabia

 

http://thinkprogress.org/world/2015/01/28/3616556/saudi-arabia-michelle-obama/

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) praised Michelle Obama on Twitter for “standing up for women” by not wearing what he called, a “Sharia-mandated head-scarf in Saudi Arabia.” But, as The Hill pointed out, the AP article he linked to in his tweet clearly stated that the headscarf is not a requirement for foreign women visiting the country.

There were also reports that the “first lady shocked some in the ultra-conservative country” by shaking hands with the newly-anointed King of Saudi Arabia.

It’s really not that shocking. Several female heads of state and U.S. secretaries of state have grasped kingly Saudi fingers.

To boot, here’s Condoleeza Rice shaking hands with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, a crown prince, back in 2008.

While there were some 1,500 tweets using a hashtag that translates as #Michelle_Obama_unveiled, that’s far from a “backlash” in a country with 2.4 million Twitter users.

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