Michelle Obama cuts trip short because her husband is a Muslim and Sharia restrictions- Fiction!

Michelle Obama did not accompany her husband to Turkey and Saudi Arabia because he is a Muslim and Sharia law forbids her to travel in Muslim countries- Fiction!

President Obama bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia as a sign of submission– Disputed!

Summary of eRumor:

A conversation at a video store with some Arabs about why Michelle Obama did not accompany her husband on the final leg of their first European tour.  They said the President is a Muslim and Sharia law did not allow him to bring his wife into Muslim countries. They also said that when Barack Obama bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia it was a signal to other Muslims that he was submitting to the Islamic creed.

The Truth:

Michelle Obama cut her voyage short to be with her daughters before they returned to school while the President continued on the final leg of the tour to Turkey, according to The Times in the United Kingdom.  Click for story.

In April of 2009, months after taking office, President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, embarked on a European tour to attend the G20 summit in London and meet with world leaders. 

When the Obama met King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia all traditional protocol for an American President appeared to have been broken when Obama  appeared to have bowed as they shook hands.  The Whitehouse denied the gesture saying that the President bent over to shake the King’s two hands   Click here for Fox News Video Report on President Obama bowing to Saudi King Abdullah.

President Barack Obama is not a Muslim and has professed Christianity publicly on numerous occasions including when the President was in Cairo, Egypt in May of 2009 where he made another profession of faith in a speech that was heard around the world.    

A streamed video and transcript of the President’s speech in Cairo is available from the Whitehouse website:   Click  for video or transcripts.

Additional information can be found on the related TruthorFiction.com reports below:

Obama is a Muslim eRumor:  Click for findings.

Letter to Obama about his actions on an overseas trip: Click for findings.  

updated 06/11/09

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Michelle Obama trip…….Interesting Information!  

I was at Blockbusters on Saturday renting videos, and I was going along the wall and there was a video called “Obama”. We started talking about Obama.

These guys were Arabs, and I asked them why they thought Michelle Obama headed home following her visit in France instead of traveling on to Saudi Arabia and Turkey with her husband.

They said she couldn’t go to Saudi Arabia, Turkey or Iraq.

I said, “Laura Bush went to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Dubai.”

They answered, “Obama is a Muslim, and by Muslim law, he would not be allowed to bring his wife into the countries that accept Sharia Law.”

Just thought it was interesting that the Arabs at Blockbuster’s accept the idea that we’re being led by a Muslim who follows the Islamic creed. They also said that’s the reason he bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia. It was a signal to the Muslim world.

Just thought you would like to know.