President Obama recently caused a stir when he gave British Prime Minister Gordon Brown two dozen cds during a visit to the United States. Today, Obama forced sensitive Brits to reach for their smelling salts once again after he dazzled the Queen with an iPod (at least it is an upgrade over the cds). The precious trinket is reportedly filled with pictures taken during the Queen's visit to the United States in 2007.
I am really not into the royalty and diplomacy game, which is why I remain a Constitutional Law Professor rather than President of the United States. If I were president, however, I am sure that I would not give royalty or heads of state gifts that are readily available on Walmart.Com or eBay.
Unfortunately, it seems that Obama's gift is also readily available at Buckingham Palace. In 2005, upon the suggestion of Prince Andrew, the Queen bought an iPod. Question: What do you buy a woman who probably has everything?
PS: Is this an April Fool's Day story?