English: President Barack Obama talks with Ger...

English: President Barack Obama talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron before the start of the working G8 dinner at Le Ciro’s Barriere Restaurant in Deauville, France, May 25, 2011. (Official White House Photo) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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?

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Read by Laura Harradine (Australian accent).

Study the words

Tricky– 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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