OK- The Mainstream Media Has Convinced Me That The President Has NOT Accepted Extravagant Gifts.. Maybe We Can Sell Them to Pay Down the Debt? Also - As a Moderate I'm OK With the Obama's Taking a Book Worth $11.53.. After All Nixon Got to Keep "Checkers".... What's The Deal With Sarkozy... He Seems "Needy"..... Maybe He's Trying To Buy Friends?
The gifts were revealed Friday in the State Department’s list of items given to various federal agencies by foreign governments, including numerous gifts given to President Obama. The list contains gifts given in 2011.
Though Obama doesn’t keep the vast majority of his gifts, theWhite House says he accepts them because “non-acceptance would cause embarrassment to donor and U.S. government.”
Neither Obama nor members of Congress and their spouses are allowed to keep gifts from members of foreign governments that exceed a loosely defined “minimal value.”Items received are often handed over to the National Archives and Records Administration, which also manages presidential libraries.
Several less exotic gifts included an iPod from Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and a gift box of the video game “The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings” from Polish Prime Minister Donald Franciszek Tusk.
The only gift Obama retained was a copy of the book “Ghengis Khan and the Making of the Modern World,” presented to him by Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj. The register doesn’t list a value for the book, but it’s available on Amazon for $11.53.
RT-13 hours ago
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