When President Barack Obama meets with other world leaders, they usually swap gifts, according to the federal Register. Too bad he’s not allowed to keep most of it. The General Services Administration currently mandates that any gift over $350 be turned over to the government. The First Family cannot keep the often-lavish presents, but they are generally not returned to avoid offending the gift-giver. So rather than keeping, the presents are turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration.
Bronze replica of a sculpture by Edgar Degas, entitled ‘‘Halted Horse’’ from His Excellency Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic.
Gold medal created by the Czech mint featuring an image of President Obama from The Honorable Petr Tulpa, Mayor of Jablonec Nad Nisou, Czech Republic.
Six decorative ceremonial weapons presented in a glass case from His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Decorative gold coin with the inscription ‘‘Benedict XVI Pont Max Anno IV’’ with the profile of Pope Benedict the XVI from His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
Francesco Basile gold watch from His Excellency Silvio Berlusconi, President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic.
Large silver vase with images of palm trees and sphinxes from His Excellency Nouri al-Maliki, Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq.
Five sterling silver cocktail forks from His Excellency and Mrs. Yukio Hatoyama, Prime Minister of Japan
Set of white mother-of-pearl cufflinks with blue sapphires in 18 karat white gold in a box made from shells and leather from Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Republic of the Philippines.
10″ x 6″ gold vase from His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey.
And the Winner is!
Large gold medallion with the Royal seal in a green leather display box from Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.