As the Obamas visited Saudi Arabia today to pay their respects to the late King Abdullah and meet with the country’s new ruler, King Salman, the first lady hit the tarmac wearing pants but no headscarf.

There were rumors that Saudi television had blurred out Mrs. Obama in its coverage, but that bit of very primitive blurring seems to be confined to one YouTube clip that has gone viral.

Whether her Western wardrobe was simply a cultural faux pas on the part of Michelle Obama or a deliberate choice, many Americans applauded the first lady for not capitulating to repressive Saudi conventions.

Forgoing the scarf was a nice touch, but passing over Saudi Arabia to join other world leaders at Auschwitz instead would have really demonstrated a commitment to celebrating liberty.

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