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Wonder if They'll Do Secret Santa Later


President Obama meets with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the Oval Office on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The perfect gift -- so hard to find! The White House drew flak from U.K. media for the U.S. half of the world-leader gift exchange during Prime Minister Gordon Brown's visit. Brown gave President Obama a pen holder carved from the timbers of a sister ship to the HMS Resolute, which provided wood for the Oval Office desk given to the United States by Queen Victoria ... and Obama gave Brown a box set of 25 DVDs of classic movies. Like "a pair of socks from an unfamiliar aunt at Christmas," sniffed the Daily Mail. A White House spokesman said "the gift exchange is a personal thing; we're not going to categorize it beyond that."


White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

An easier guy to shop for? Robert Gibbs. The press secretary implied Wednesday that he never tunes in to talk radio: "I wish I had a radio." NPR correspondents Don Gonyea, Mara Liasson and Scott Horsley marched out and bought him a cheap set for $19.97, while WTOP's Mark Plotkin came to yesterday's briefing with a fancy digital model -- too pricey under ethics regs to keep, Gibbs said. But "my son needs a college fund," he joke-hinted. "And my car is a little bit old."

By The Reliable Source  |  March 6, 2009; 1:03 AM ET
 
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DVDs from the US are not compatible with UK DVD players --so he won't even be able to use them!

Posted by: wshgtndc | March 6, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

It is so shameful as an American to be associated with a President and his family that would treat our country's greatest ally ever, in such a shabby, insulting manner as the Obama's treated the Brown's on their recent visit. Please forgive us Britain, we are under the throes of a takeover and we are blindly sitting by and letting it happen.

Posted by: curious3 | March 6, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The President's and First Lady's gifts were disgraceful. I am very embarrassed by them.

Posted by: rosepetals64 | March 7, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

There was no press conference either.

This is embarrassing to all Americans - to treat our strongest ally in such an offhanded manner. We also had Hillary Clinton's gaffe with a "reset" button gift to the Russians that was not translated correctly and certainly not of much meaning to them even had it been.

Good grief! These people are sophomoric - someone needs to give them some training in etiquette and appropriate behavior. Of course, I have seen President Obama compared to President Andrew Jackson - and he purportedly stood on the fine silk-upholstered White House chairs in his muddy boots. The exhibition of disrespect is quite similar.

Posted by: dmdoleman | March 9, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

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