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Bamboo bicycle, iPod shuffle, coffee: Gifts given to (and fit for) a president

Published: Friday, April 26 2013 2:46 p.m. MDT

Associated Press
In April 2013, the State Department's office of the chief of protocol released the list of presents American government officials received from foreign government officials, including gifts given to President Barack Obama.

A list of new gifts was released on August 30, 2013.

The acceptance of the gifts, which range from a large black Hermes golf accessory bag to a wooden mask carved into the shape of a jaguar head, were justified, the office said, because "non-acceptance would cause embarrassment to donor and U.S. government."

The U.S. requires all such gifts be reported and turned over to the National Archives or other institutions for display.

Here's a look at some of the unique gifts the president and his family have been given.
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CA. reader
Rocklin, CA

It would appear that the zillion dollars worth of vacations paid for by us lucky US taxpayers were not included in this "gift" package. Funny thing, huh?

washcomom
Beaverton, OR

"A Selection of Papers From the Royal Archives 1834-1897," from the Queen of England.

I wonder if she's giving him a major HINT to Obama. Google England's history during that time,and it echoes the US current life.

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