Talk about a fierce frown from FLOTUS! Michelle Obama's disapproving expression while meeting the new leader of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, Jan. 27, said it all — and it's gone viral.
The First Lady, 51, was snapped alongside her husband Barack Obama in Riyadh, paying respects to King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the successor of the late King Abdullah, during what was a quick stop in the country for the funeral. As King Salman shook hands with the President, the First Lady was photographed frowning at the royal.
At times, she looked rather uncomfortable and annoyed, even, as she and her husband met with Saudi officials.
For the occasion, the First Lady was dressed in a loose sapphire top, black pants, and a long printed coat. While her garb was conservative, FLOTUS received some criticism from onlookers and Twitter users for her choice of clothing — or lack thereof. Saudi Arabia imposes a strict dress code upon women, requesting that they have their faces and heads covered in public at all times. Women in Saudi Arabia are also not allowed to drive, and must always have a male accompany them in public.
In what many have speculated as a political move from her part, FLOTUS stepped off Air Force One without a veil over her head on Tuesday, which incited outrage on Twitter. According to the Washington Post, more than 1,000 tweets were sent out on Tuesday under a hashtag, which when roughly translated, is "#Michelle_Obama_unveiled."
Pool reporters, who traveled on Air Force One with the Obamas, further noted that the First Lady — as annoyed as she appeared — stood slightly behind her husband and "waited for a gesture" from men who walked by the couple to shake hands.
Ultimately, the mother of two shook hands with King Salman, who is the half-brother of late King Abdullah.
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