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Mahmoud Tariq, a Pakistani who runs a supermarket chain in Saudi Arabia, was watching the Inauguration in the lobby cafe of Riyadh's Intercontinental Hotel with three Pakistani friends.
None of the Saudi patrons showed the least interest in the big screen TV showing the swearing-in ceremony. But Tariq and his friends were keen on seeing the whole event.
When Obama stumbled while taking the oath, Tariq noticed and had a chuckle.
“Yeah I did (hear it). And I had the same when I got married, because I wasn’t sure where I was going, you know? It’s a long way ahead.”