President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip for a reciprocal dinner at Winfield House
Guest List: The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Rt. Honorable David Cameron, Mrs. Samantha Cameron, Viscountess Astor, Admiral James Stavridis, Lady Ashton of Upholland, Mr. Tom Hanks, Mr. Tim Collins, Mr. David Beckham, Mrs. Doris Kearns Goodwin, Mr. Colin Firth, Mrs. Marjorie Susman, Mr. Chris Dercon, Mrs. Ffion Hague, Mr. Joshua Berger, Ms. J.K. Rowling
. President Obama watches as Queen Elizabeth signs a guest book after a reciprocal dinner at Winfield House
President Obama waves goodbye from the steps of Air Force One as he departs Saudi Arabia on his way to Egypt, June, 2009
AP: ..Foreign leaders showered President Obama and his family with hundreds of thousands of dollars in art, jewelry, rare books and other presents during their first year in the White House.
Saudi Arabia’s king was the most generous gift-giver, according to documents released by the State Department on Tuesday. Saudi King Abdullah gave Obama, his wife and daughters nearly $190,000 in luxury baubles in 2009, including the single most valuable gift reported to have been given to U.S. officials that year: a ruby and diamond jewelry set, including earrings, a ring, a bracelet and necklace, for the first lady worth $132,000.
…By law, most gifts to U.S. officials must be turned over to the government and the jewelry has already been sent to the National Archives.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was a distant runner up to King Abdullah, with gifts for the first family worth a little under $33,000. The Italian haul included silk ties, a gold watch, a crystal table and candlesticks…….the Saudi monarch also presented Michelle Obama with a $14,200 pearl necklace. He gave the president a marble clock adorned with miniature gold palm trees and camels valued at $34,500. He sent first daughters Sasha and Malia Obama diamond earrings and necklaces worth more than $7,000.
Chinese President Hu Jintao gave Obama a $20,000 silk embroidery of the first family….French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife sent perfume and a $4,500 black Christian Dior handbag …Some leaders chose more modest gifts. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth presented Obama with framed portraits of herself and her husband, Prince Philip, worth $775….Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas offered the U.S. leader $521 in gifts, including the least expensive item listed by the State Department: a $75 bottle of olive oil.
…with Majority Leader Harry Reid and his wife Landra
Oh yeah! Wasn’t this guy once the future President? How did that go?
….with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, her husband Jonathan and their son Theo
… with a Rand(om) Nutjob
….looking at the pearl necklace of Ava Rose Wyden, daughter of Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore
Senator Lisa Murkowski hands Vice President Joe Biden one of her campaign t-shirts
…..and gets a hug in return. Hope you were watching Joe Miller
….with Marco Rubio and his wife Jeanette
….with Senator Barbara Mikulski
….. with Senator Barbara Boxer and her husband Stewart
…checking to see if his work was done
Back at the office….
JB: “Actually, I used a Macy’s catalog to swear in Rand Paul, so his votes won’t count at all.”
BO: “Good job, Joe!”
President Obama talks with Vice President Biden in the Oval Office while National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Counsel to the President Bob Bauer confer in the Outer Oval Office, Jan. 5, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)