Friday, March 06, 2009

Gifts Between Heads of State... Updated

Apparently, Britain's PM Gordon Brown gifted Obama with a number of historic articles upon his first visit to an Obama White House. Among these items was a pen set carved from the wood of the HMS Gannet, sister ship to the HMS Resolute which was abandoned in the arctic, found and salvaged by the Americans, and returned to the Brits. The Brits, being appreciative of the return of the vessel, used the timbers from the vessel to build two desks. One is used by the American President, the other, by the British Prime Minister. Additionally, Obama received the commissioning papers of the HMS Resolute, as well as a first edition copy of Martin Gilbert's seven volume biography of Winston Churchill. In return, Obama gave PM Brown, a boxed set of DVD's. There is no word yet whether the DVD's were Region 1 or Region 2 DVDs, so it is unknown whether they will play in PM Brown's Region 2 DVD player. The titles have not been publicly released, but rumor has it that the titles included ET, Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz and others. I'm going to try and guess what some of the other titles were. Won't you help?

Some titles that should be in the list:
Weekend at Barney Frank's
The Grapes of Wrath
Harrison Bergeron
Atlas Shrugged
Wall Street
The Sum of All Fears
Mr. Ayres goes to Washington

Your thoughts?

UPDATE 3-19-09
Seems I was correct in my guess that the (regifted?) gift of DVD's were Region one only....
(H/T Ubu Roi for the update.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't he have experienced advisors that tell him "Sir, giving DVDs is not a good idea" or that it's not proper protocol? Obviously not. Toy figurines of Marine One were a swell idea also.

What a moron.


March 08, 2009 8:24 AM  
Blogger Jean said...

He didn't give a autographed picture of himself as an collectible/historic figure so that Britain can cash in on it down the line - it being such an investment?

Don got it right! What a moron!

Any mention of invites to the WH some Wednesday night where Barry parties every Wed. with the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire at the expense of the American people?


March 10, 2009 9:26 AM  

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