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List of gifts to Obama shows Canada was a frugal spender


 

We’re not sure what Prime Minister Stephen Harper gets his kids, Rachel and Ben, for Christmas, but let’s hope they fared better in 2011 than U.S. President Barack Obama, who received a basketball signed by the Toronto Raptors (23 wins to 43 losses). Harper’s gifts also included historic maps of North America. Total value: $1,880.

All told, the President of the United States received $240,000 in gifts that year, according to data released this week, with most going to the National Archives.

The single most-expensive gift was a blue mask sculpture from the president of the tiny Gabonese Republic, Ali Bongo Ondimba, valued at $52,695. Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy lavished 16 gifts, including two Hermès golf bags and Baccarat crystal statuettes of golfers, totalling $41,675.71.


 
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List of gifts to Obama shows Canada was a frugal spender

  1. who cares…we have better things to spend our money on than gifts to foreign leaders