Wonder if They'll Do Secret Santa Later
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."
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."
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March 6, 2009; 1:03 AM ET
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