Former British Prime Minister gave Barack Obama a a pen and holder made from the wood of an anti-slavery ship, along with two biographies of Winston Churchill, valued at $16,500. In exchange the Obamas gave Gordon Brown a set of DVDs. Gordon Brown is is blind in his left eye and was recently said to be having problems with his right.
It looks like somebody got played.
The Telegraph reported:
The value of Mr Brown’s gifts, a pen and holder made from the wood of an anti-slavery ship, along with two biographies of Winston Churchill, was disclosed by the US State Department on Tuesday. Mr Obama, by comparison, gave him a boxset of 25 classic US films such as Citizen Kane and ET.
Gordon Brown gave Barack Obama $16,500 (£10,000) worth of gifts during a US visit, in return for a selection of DVDs.
Other gifts received by Mr Obama in 2009 included hundreds of thousands worth of dollars in art, jewellery and rare books. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia gave him nearly $190,000 in luxury baubles, a ruby and diamond jewellery set for Michelle Obama, worth $132,000, and a pearl necklace worth $14,200.
By law, all the presents must go to the US National Archives.
Silvio Berlusconi meanwhile presented a haul of silk ties, a gold watch, a crystal table and candlesticks worth nearly $33,000.
The Queen, meanwhile presented Mr Obama with a more modest gift – framed portraits of herself and her husband, worth $775.