What do you think Obama should have given to Prime Minister Brown?
Background (for those of you who don't know):
Prime Minister Brown came from England and gave a very special wooden pen to President Obama. It was carved from a piece of wood from a special shipwreck that a desk in the White House was made from. That desk was originally a gift from Queen Victoria. He also brought a first edition of a seven volume biography of Winston Churchill. These gifts were historical, unique, valuable, and an indicative of England. Obama gave PM Brown a boxed DVD set of 24 “classic” movies (Star Wars, Godfather, Casablanca, etc.). For the Prime Minister’s boys, Obama gave plastic model helicopters from the White House gift shop. Most Americans consider these generic gifts a huge embarrassment and an insult.
So, if YOU were picking out the gift from the American President to the Prime Minister of England, what would YOU select?
For me, (being an artist), I think quality art is always an appropriate gift: historical, one-of-a-kind, and hopefully increases in value. I would select some “unknown” but wonderful American artist (like someone on Wet Canvas) who painted breathtaking scenery of our American Landscapes. There are so many to choose from: perhaps a Hudson River School, maybe something Southwest, or California Impressionism. I know there are hundreds of more styles and scenes that could be mentioned. Of course, it would also have to match his couch . . .
What gift would you pick for the British Prime Minister?