Friday, December 26, 2008

Taking Care of Business

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice received over $300,000 worth of jewelry from Arab monarchs in 2007 according to an inventory from the State Department’s Office of Protocol. The same leaders gifted President Bush with goodies worth one third of Queen Condi's take.

However, not all gifts received in 2007 by members of the Bush administration were opulent. The Dalai Lama presented First Lady Laura Bush with a $6 assortment of nuts and dried fruit and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates received a $345 dagger from King Abdullah II of Jordan.

Whatever the value, U.S. beneficiaries won't be able to keep their presents for long because most personal gifts must be turned over to the General Services Administration in accordance with federal law. (Unless, of course, they have already been eaten).