#1 Obama Gifts Brit PM With Cheapo DVD Movies.03-05-2009, 12:30 PMObama's blockbuster gift for Brown to reaffirm the 'special relationship': 25 DVDs
By Joe Murphy
Last updated at 5:19 PM on 05th March 2009
Gordon Brown has been given a collection of 25 classic American films on DVD as his official gift from Barack Obama. The Prime Minister flew home from his successful trip to Washington this morning with the 'special collector's box' of films hidden in his luggage.
No 10 had tried to keep the present a secret, refusing to answer reporters who asked what President Obama had given to mark the reaffirmation of the special relationship. However, the London Evening Standard reported, the prime minister received the collection of DVDs as his gift.
It is not known which DVDs were included, but one is thought to be the Dreamworks film Toy Story.
One reason for the secrecy might be that the gift seems markedly less generous and thoughtful than the presents taken to Washington by the Prime Minister.
Mr Brown's gifts included an ornamental desk pen holder made from the oak timbers of Victorian anti-slaver HMS Gannet, once named HMS President.
Mr Obama was so delighted he has already put it in pride of place in the Oval Office on the Resolute desk which was carved from timbers of Gannet's sister ship, HMS Resolute.
Another treasure given to the U.S. President was the framed commission for HMS Resolute, a vessel that came to symbolise Anglo-US peace when it was saved from ice packs by Americans and given to Queen Victoria.
Finally, Mr Brown gave a first edition set of the seven-volume classic biography of Churchill by Sir Martin Gilbert.
The White House issued a press briefing today that put on record how much Mr Obama had appreciated the gifts.
The Prime Minister's reaction to getting DVDs is not known. Mr Brown is not noted for his love of cinema, although he once claimed on a trip to India that he was an admirer of Bollywood.
The Browns showered gifts on the Obama children too, using the occasion to promote British exports.
03-05-2009, 01:21 PM
Obama is probably a regifter.
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.C. S. Lewis
03-05-2009, 01:23 PM
I would think all one needs to do to see what is an appropriate gift is to visit a presidential museum.
The only one I've been to is the Gerald Ford museum in Grand Rapids-my favorite part is the exhibit of all the gifts President Ford received from foreign dignataries. When I visited, it was a new museum (fall of1981)-I've read that it has become one of the best presidential museums since then.
03-05-2009, 01:32 PM
Cheap bastard."If every poor man is to come here and start requesting money for all his children, the applicants will never be satisfied and the nation's finances will collapse." Emperor Tiberius: Tacitus:Annals
03-05-2009, 02:49 PMFirst Lady Michelle Obama shows even she has a gift for the gaffe
It was all going so well. The dresses, the brains, the Vogue cover shoot – everything so far about Michelle Obama has left us wide-mouthed in admiration. It seemed there was no end to her fabulousness. Then Mr and Mrs Brown came to stay.
Like all good guests, Sarah Brown arrived bearing gifts for the children, Malia and Sasha. And they were really nice presents. A bit of thought had clearly gone into choosing them: Top Shop dresses (with matching necklaces) and a selection of books by British authors. Lovely.
Mrs Brown may have two boys but she certainly knows the way to a little girl’s heart. These were gifts chosen in the true spirit of present-giving: to please the recipient, not the giver.
In return Mrs Obama gave the Brown children, Fraser and John, two toy models of Marine One, the Presidential helicopter. Fair enough on the helicopter part, always a popular choice with small boys; but Marine One? It’s not as though anyone needs reminding that Barack Obama is President or that he has his own helicopter. Short of giving the boys Action Man models of her own husband smiting the evil forces of neoconservatism, Mrs Obama’s gesture could not have been more solipsistic or more inherently dismissive of Mrs Brown.
Not only did she demonstrate that she spent approximately three seconds contemplating the needs of the Brown boys (having an aide pop to the White House gift shop for a piece of merchandising does not imply a great deal of thought), she appeared to show a most uncharacteristic lapse of judgment.
It might have been possible to overlook the incident were it not for the official photograph.
The White House released one picture of the two women and it does not appear to have been selected with any kind of special relationship in mind. There is a menacing bunch of pink peonies in the foreground and the angle is most unflattering to Mrs Brown, who has the air of a woman very much in need of a stiff drink.
Whether deliberate or not, the whole thing feels like a snub.
As for Fraser and John, their parents’ trip to America will always be remembered as the time that “Mum and Dad went to see the President, and all we got was this lousy plastic helicopter”.
The Brown offspring didn't do much better.
03-05-2009, 03:07 PM
These people are what they are. We have a saying 'round these parts. You can take the hunkie out of the mill, but you can't take the mill out of the hunkie. Barry and Michelle have proven how true this adage is. lolStand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
03-05-2009, 09:39 PM
What a bumbling imbecile.. Not a moments thought went into that stupid gift-does he think that England doesn't have movie rentals or cable TV? Good God.. This moron affirmative action hire hasn't gotten one thing right since he took office.. Let's recap:
1. His first interview was on an Arab TV station apologizing for the behavior of Americans (traitor)
2. He has created multi-generational theft of wealth from our kids and grandkids to give to the bastard factories of New Jersey and Chicago and New York, and every other loser wanting a handout.
3. He gave billions to GM, and they're still going to file for bankruptcy because they pay a monkey with a rivet gun $35 per hour to rivet panels on a car, which a not very bright 6th grader could handle.
4. He is throwing Israel under the bus.(traitor)
5. He embarrassed the PM of our staunchest ally by toning down the first traditional meeting with him at the White House..
6. He gave a foreign dignitary a stupid box of DVD's as an international gift and sign of good will..
Obama is simply continuing the work that has been his life's work-fighting for black people. He is the Community Organizer in Chief, and the middle class is going to be decimated... Why would we think that getting elected would change the values that permitted him to associate with the likes of Bill Ayers and Reverend Wright and Louis Farrakhan-all haters of America and the white race?
This man really is a dope and a Communist, and we need to get him out of power with the mid-term elections by taking back either the House or the Senate or both.. Hopefully our white guilt has subsided enough and common sense has again returned to importance..
Last edited by stsinner; 03-05-2009 at 09:42 PM.Obama-if you're being run out of town, get out in front and pretend that it's a parade!!!
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