U.S.-Saudi enemy? The media

June 29, 2010 at 4:17 PM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, June 29 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Saudi King Abdullah Tuesday presented a united front against a common enemy: the press.

Abdullah, at the end of an appearance with Obama following an Oval Office meeting, uttered a prayer asking God to spare the two leaders from the wrath of their "friends here in the media."

"May God spare us from all of the bad things they can do to us," Abdullah said sparking laughter from those present. "And may God bless us with all the positive things they can do for us and for humanity."

"Well, that is an excellent prayer," Obama responded.

The two leaders, fresh from the weekend's Group of 20 meeting, first recalled the long association between the United States and Saudi Arabia, harking back to a meeting between Franklin Delano Roosevelt and King Aziz.

Abdullah called Obama "an honorable and good man" and said the United States is a friend to the Muslim and Arab worlds as well as to "humanity" overall.

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