Buying gifts can be tricky at the best of times, but what do you buy when the U.S. president comes to visit? Barack Obama has released a list of gifts received by his family from World Leaders in 2011. The list includes a description of each gift, an estimate of its value and the reason for accepting, which was usually to avoid causing embarrassment. The most expensive present was a blue mask sculpture in a red box, given by the president of the tiny West Afrian country, Gabon. It is worth over $52,000. Other gifts include rare football jerseys from Australia and Brazil, a Maori weapon from New Zealand, golf clubs given by Angela Merkel and loads of French designer gear from French president Sarkozy. British prime minister, David Cameron even threw in a Union Jack chew toy for the Obamas’ dog.
What gift would you give the president?
Read by Laura Harradine (Australian accent).
Study the wordsTricky- difficult Reason- explanation Avoid- to try not to Worth- has a value of Weapon- device used to harm people Loads of- a lot of Gear- clothing and accessories Threw in- included, added Chew toy- a play thing that a dog can bite on
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- Why Did Gabon Give President Obama a Gift Worth $52,695? (theatlantic.com)