than King Abdullah," said an Obama aide
Interestingly, a columnist in the Saudi-backed Arabic paper Asharq
Alawsat also took the gesture as a bow and appreciated the move.
"Obama wished to demonstrate his respect and appreciation of the
personality of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, who has made one of the
most important calls in the modern era, namely the call for
inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue to defuse the hatred, conflict
and wars," wrote the columnist, Muhammah Diyab.