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    Its getting better with each news release. This one out of Brittin.

    Obama's blockbuster gift for Brown to reaffirm the 'special relationship': 25 DVDs


    By Ian Drury
    Last updated at 2:05 AM on 06th March 2009


    As he headed back home from Washington, Gordon Brown must have rummaged through his party bag with disappointment.

    Because all he got was a set of DVDs. Barack Obama, the leader of the world's richest country, gave the Prime Minister a box set of 25 classic American films - a gift about as exciting as a pair of socks.

    Mr Brown is not thought to be a film buff, and his reaction to the box set is unknown. But it didn't really compare to the thoughtful presents he had brought along with him.

    The Prime Minister gave Mr Obama an ornamental pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet.

    The unique present delighted Mr Obama because oak from the Gannet's sister ship, HMS Resolute, was carved to make a desk that has sat in the Oval Office in the White House since 1880.

    Mr Brown also handed over a framed commission for HMS Resolute and a first edition of the seven-volume biography of Churchill by Sir Martin Gilbert.

    In addition, Mr Brown and his wife showered gifts on the Obama children giving Sasha and Malia an outfit each from Topshop and six children's books by British authors which are shortly to be published in America.

    In return, the Obamas gave the Browns two models of the presidential helicopter, Marine One, to take home to sons Fraser and John.

    The Prime Minister has not had the best of luck when receiving gifts from U.S. presidents.

    He was given a fur-trimmed brown leather bomber jacket by George W. Bush during his first trip to America in the summer of 2007.

    Commentators gleefully pointed out that the garment was hardly in keeping with Mr Brown's usual sober attire of business suit and tie.

    Downing Street yesterday refused to state which movies were in the box set.

    But the Mail has learned it included classics such as Star Wars, The Godfather and Citizen Kane and was produced by the American Film Institute as a 'special request' for the White House last month.
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    Lawrence or Arabia? seriously??? lol
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    He must have searched DVD rental houses for an hour to find that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    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.
    And if I didn't know you were from Pittsburgh, that saying would have told me! :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonnabend View Post
    He must have searched DVD rental houses for an hour to find that.
    doubt it. I prolly just searched the white house and pulled in 25 dvd's from the various guest rooms that had yet to be opened. . . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by linda22003 View Post
    And if I didn't know you were from Pittsburgh, that saying would have told me! :)
    I yam what I yam. :p
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    I yam what I yam. :p
    I know the local lingo; my husband's from "Mahn Leb'non".
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    Quote Originally Posted by linda22003 View Post
    I know the local lingo; my husband's from "Mahn Leb'non".
    OH? Do you now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    Lawrence or Arabia? seriously??? lol

    It is a really good movie, but I always thought it was a british movie.
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    Expect a third British invasion.
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