Obama's granny gets free Haj trip from Saudi King

In the words of Steve Gilbert, "it looks like Mr. Obama's bow to the Saudi king has paid off." Channel Africa reports:

Sarah Obama, US President Barack Obama's 87-year-old Kenyan grandmother, has arrived in Mecca to perform the Muslim pilgrimage of hajj, the Saudi daily Okaz reported Wednesday.

Sarah Obama, one of her grandchildren and 10 people from her village in Kenya made the pilgrimage at the invitation of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, the newspaper reported.

A charming note also reported: around 2,000 of the King's guests are relatives of Palestinians killed in Gaza and the West Bank.