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Barack Obama’s Gift Selection Box And Clinton’s A Card

by | 7th, March 2009

FINDING things made in America to give foreign politicos is proving a tricky business for Team Obama.

First Obama gives Gordon Brown a collection of DVDs, of the type sold on carousel racks in charity shops by the used board games and nearly-new toilet paper, then Hillary Clinton gives her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov a mock “reset” button, symbolising US hopes to mend damaged ties with Moscow.

Yeah, a plastic box with “peregruzka” scribbled on the top in pen. And they chose the wrong word – peregruzka means “overloaded” or “overcharged”, rather than “reset”.

Says Mrs Clinton:

“The minister corrected our word choice. But in a way, the word that was on the button turns out to be also true. We are resetting, and because we are resetting, the minister and I have an ‘overload’ of work.”

Someone press the other button quick. Hillary’s explaining her joke. Press it. Pressss ittttt! Tell us the one about how Mickey Mouse wears a Barack Obama watch. Kill us all now!

Not only do you get a crap gift but the Americans – in the shape of Clinton’s deathless grin – now pretend that it’s got deep meaning.

Earlier in the week, Michelle Obama gave Sarah Brown’s boys two toy models of Marine One, the Presidential helicopter. As crap gifts go, this is right up with the stuff they sell on Monarch Airlines, notably the stuffed toy plane and souvenir vomit bag.

The lesson needs to be learnt. Next time anyone meets Obama, the aim is to give him the crappiest gift possible, like a tea towel with a picture of a dying horse on it, a plastic knife and a fork wrapped in cellophane or a signed photo of Noel Edmonds.

Obama is trying to restore the US balance of trade by skimping on gifts. And he’s struggling, of course, to find things that are made in America, other than nuclear waste, therapists and arrogance.

Oh, and if he’s listening, can we have your catchphrase back please? Yes We Can.

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