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Mr. President, You Shouldn’t Have!

By on 3.5.09 | 1:45PM

To celebrate Britain's "special relationship" with the U.S. and celebrate the new President, Prime Minister Gordon Brown outdid himself.

During his historic trip to Washington, Gordon Brown gave Barack Obama an ornamental pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet - once called HMS President.

The unique present delighted Mr Obama because oak from the Gannet's sister ship, HMS Resolute, was carved to make a desk that already takes place in the Oval Office in the White House, after being presented by Britain to the US in 1880.

Surely Mr. Obama gave Brown something nice in return. We are in a 'down economy' caused by our former President, but I'm thinking Obama could spare something decent to give the poor guy. It wouldn't even have to be expensive, just a gesture. One of those new aides could have thought of something--well--thoughtful.

For despite being leader of the world's most bountiful nation, President Obama handed over nothing more thought-provoking than 25 classic American films on DVD.

Brown apparently, is not a film buff and was underwhelmed by the generosity of the new American President.

I'm sure Brown realizes it's only a result of our tough economy. While Obama is busy fixing it, he can watch a few movies.

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