Mr Brown’s gifts included an ornamental desk pen holder made from the oak timbers of Victorian anti-slaver HMS Gannet, once named HMS President.
Mr Obama was so delighted he has already put it in pride of place in the Oval Office on the Resolute desk which was carved from timbers of Gannet’s sister ship, HMS Resolute.
Another treasure given to the U.S. President was the framed commission for HMS Resolute, a vessel that came to symbolise Anglo-US peace when it was saved from ice packs by Americans and given to Queen Victoria.
Finally, Mr Brown gave a first edition set of the seven-volume classic biography of Churchill by Sir Martin Gilbert.
I’ll be honest: I held off on this story (Via AoSHQ) because I was hoping that it was going to be debunked, preferably at high volume. Apparently not. This happened. So, two thoughts:
- What were the movies? Based on the administration’s track record to date, the RedState Contributors have privately come up with Gandhi, Breaker Morant, The Last of the Mohicans, Patton (for the Messalina scene), U-571, The Patriot, and pretty much the entire Disney oeuvre*.
- Brother Dan McLaughlin, who would dearly love to have the time to write a post about this entitled “Barack Obama: Ugly American,” has found the ultimate video symbolism for this visit:
*Yes, some of those are foreign. What, you’re expecting basic competence from them now?
Crossposted to Moe Lane.