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Obama Gives Britian Prime Minister Classic Movie Set, Great Gift or Insult?

Posted by on Mar. 6, 2009 at 6:47 AM
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Do you think movies are an appropriate gift for the Prime Minister?  Do you think they should be comparing it to the gifts Brown brought for the Obama family?

Obama's Blockbuster Gift for Brown: 25 DVDs

While the British prime minister presented Obama with uniquely historic gifts symbolizing America's relationship with England, the president gave Brown a set of movies.

Let's hope he's a Star Wars fan. 

President Obama gave British Prime Minister Gordon Brown a set of 25 classic American films to mark his historic visit to the White House, British media reported on Friday.

Brown, the first European leader to visit Obama since his Jan. 20 inauguration, was presented with a "special collector's box" of DVDs during his two-day visit to Washington.

Downing Street, which reportedly tried to keep the present a secret, declined to say what movies were included in the set.

"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," London's Evening Standard newspaper reported.

The Daily Mail, however, reported the movie set included ET, Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz and was produced by the American Film Institute on "special request" from the White House.

Brown, who is not known to be a movie buff, gave the president and his children several uniquely historical gifts.

The first of which is a pen holder fashioned from the oak timber of HMS Gannet, a Navy vessel that served on anti-slavery missions off Africa.

Another treasure given to Obama is a framed commissioning paper for HMS Resolute, a Royal Navy ship that came to symbolize British-American goodwill when it was rescued by the U.S. from icebergs and given to Queen Victoria. It is the sister ship of the HMS Gannet.

Finally, Brown gave Obama a first edition of Martin Gilbert's seven-volume biography of Winston Churchill, whose World War II partnership with President Franklin Roosevelt symbolized the U.S.-Anglo alliance.

For Sasha and Malia, Sarah Brown, the Prime Minister's wife, gave each an outfit from Topshop, a British chain of clothing stores, and selected six children's books by British authors which have yet to be published in the U.S.

In return, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the prime minister's two boys with toy helicopters modeled after Marine One.

Obama was so touched by the gifts, he called Brown on board his private jet on Thursday to thank him. The call was placed after Brown addressed a joint meeting of Congress, the White House said. The two reportedly spoke for 10 minutes.

The White House later issued a press briefing to put on record how much Obama appreciated the gifts.

"The pen set is being displayed on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office and the books are in the President's personal study adjoining the Oval Office," the White House said in a statement.

During Brown's first trip to America in the summer of 2007, he was given a fur-trimmed brown leather bomber jacket by President George W. Bush.

The prime minister's reaction to the DVD set is not known.

by on Mar. 6, 2009 at 6:47 AM
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hsteele
by on Mar. 6, 2009 at 6:58 AM

That's weird. I wonder if there is some significance behind it that we're not aware of. Perhaps Obama knew that the PM was an avid fan of these movies. Or maybe he just sucks at gift giving. Who knows. Next time he might just want to leave it to his secretary . lol

Da1nOnlyDestiny
by Bronze Member on Mar. 6, 2009 at 7:44 AM

LMAO did he atleast bring popcorn?

Quoting hsteele:

That's weird. I wonder if there is some significance behind it that we're not aware of. Perhaps Obama knew that the PM was an avid fan of these movies. Or maybe he just sucks at gift giving. Who knows. Next time he might just want to leave it to his secretary . lol



athenax3
by on Mar. 6, 2009 at 7:52 AM

I wonder if the reciever was happy with the gift? And doesn't someone usually handle this stuff for the pres? lol.


sassyandy124
by Bronze Member on Mar. 6, 2009 at 7:56 AM

    WOW Obama sure is a classy guy. Way to impress the PM. (sarcasm)

   Those who can't get behind our troops should feel free to stand in front of them!!!!!

Ann7227
by Bronze Member on Mar. 6, 2009 at 8:01 AM

What was he thinking??? Just goes to show you he has no clue !!! He should be able to afford more than that . He's spending money like we actually have it. lol I would be insulted !!!

Da1nOnlyDestiny
by Bronze Member on Mar. 6, 2009 at 8:16 AM

it reminds me of the movie "american president" when Michael Douglas gets into it with his sec. over the flowers he wants to send to his girlfriend lol

Quoting athenax3:

I wonder if the reciever was happy with the gift? And doesn't someone usually handle this stuff for the pres? lol.



athenax3
by on Mar. 6, 2009 at 8:25 AM


Quoting sassyandy124:

    WOW Obama sure is a classy guy. Way to impress the PM. (sarcasm)


Maybe it was, we don't really know if he's a movie buff or had mentioned that he enjoys specific american films- idk. If it was a bad gift, it isn't the first or last in history- but it seems there may be more to it, maybe not, but it seems that there would be.


Junebug926
by Bronze Member on Mar. 6, 2009 at 9:36 AM

How is this any worse than Bush giving him a bomber jacket? :P

I think it's funny we are even discussing this because if he had giving Brown some lavish expensive gift we'd be here discussing that he spent too much money and in times like this that would be tacky. Obama isn't going to win no matter what he does.

Jax_mommy
by Member on Mar. 6, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Maybe that was the point...LOL...Maybe he was saying, "Hey buddy, we're broke, this is all we could afford.  And as a consolation prize here is a $25 gift card to Blockbuster."

Quoting Ann7227:

What was he thinking??? Just goes to show you he has no clue !!! He should be able to afford more than that . He's spending money like we actually have it. lol I would be insulted !!!

 

sassyandy124
by Bronze Member on Mar. 6, 2009 at 12:58 PM


Quoting Jax_mommy:

Maybe that was the point...LOL...Maybe he was saying, "Hey buddy, we're broke, this is all we could afford.  And as a consolation prize here is a $25 gift card to Blockbuster."

Quoting Ann7227:

 

 

     HAHAHAHAHA     

   Those who can't get behind our troops should feel free to stand in front of them!!!!!

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