The president went alongside his wife, Michelle Obama. The First Lady dressed conservatively, wearing a loosed trouser and a long jacket covering her arms in full.
However, Mrs. Michelle left her head bare. In Saudi Arabia it is unacceptable for women to leave their home with their head uncovered although this doesn’t apply to visitors but still, this didn’t go down well with the people of Saudi Arabia.
Hundreds of Saudis took to Twitter using hashtags translating to “#Michelle_Obama_Immodest” and “#Michelle_Obama_NotVeiled” to voice their disapproval of her decision not to observe Saudi customs.
According to the Washington Post, more than 1,500 tweets were written on Tuesday using the hashtag, most expressing their disapproval.
Some pointed out that the First Lady had worn a headscarf on a visit to Indonesia, another predominantly Muslim country, in 2010.
Mrs Obama is not the only female foreigner visible in photographs from yesterday’s four-hour trip with her head exposed – Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state, also did not wear a headscarf
Some members of the all-male Saudi delegation shook Michelle Obama’s hand as they greeted the Obamas, while others simply nodded to her as they passed by.
Michelle Obama’s office did not comment on her attire.