So I recently heard about Obama’s problems with gift-giving. Apparently, he chose some real clunkers for his visit to England. The British PM got 25 Pixar DVDs that won’t play on British DVD players (They’ve got a different format), and the queen got an iPod. Well, if she didn’t already have one, the iPod might have been cool.
Obama’s idea was that he wanted the gifts to be for the individual, not the country. If he’d given them something elaborate/expensive, it would have been considered a gift to the country that the recipient couldn’t personally use/retain. That’s a good idea, but the choices left something to be desired, I think.
My Question of the Day: If you were President of the United States, and you were visiting the leader of a foreign country, what gift would you bring? Answers can be serious and thoughtful or silly and fun.
Actually, this kind of reminds me of a game Merkin and BratzBasher like to play: What should we get Mommy for Christmas? There are usually marshmallows and/or blue food items involved. Very reminiscent of the anti-wish lists my sisters and I used to write for Christmas — you know, stuff that you definitely didn’t want to get. Liberace posters and underwear always made the list. I was always extra specific about what kind of underwear I didn’t want to get: no underwear with snails on them, or girls playing tennis. This was because that’s exactly what I got one year. My mom thought they were cute, but I was less than impressed. When you’re eight, you don’t really care if you need new underwear. It’s certainly not something you can show off to your friends.