But hey, they came in a really, really nice box
Prior to his visit to Washington D.C. this week, British Prime Minster Gordon Brown put tremendous forethought into a gift to present to President Barack Obama, something to symbolize the “special relationship” between our two countries.
Brown decided on a pen holder made from timbers once a part of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet. Timber from the Gannet’s sister ship, HMS Resolute, had earlier been used to build a desk which now resides in the Oval Office.
And the gift Obama presented the British PM in return? London’s Daily Mail seems rather unimpressed.
“Despite being leader of the world’s most bountiful nation, President Obama handed over nothing more thought-provoking than 25 classic American films on DVD.
It was the equivalent of receiving a pair of socks from an unfamiliar aunt at Christmas – and a less-than-glowing affirmation of the UK-US bond.”
Personally, I’m trying to visualize PM Brown watching Psycho on his trek back across the Atlantic. (”I’m not sure how it ended, as I nodded off, but that Bates fellow seemed a tad odd.”) The Telegraph UK’s foreign correspondent, Toby Harnden, weighs in on Brown’s U.S. visit.