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)