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  posted on 12/22/2008 at 06:35 PM
Normally I wouldn't post something like this, but since all the right wingers would be all over this, I present you with this from Yahoo News:

WASHINGTON President George W. Bush's foreign policies may be unpopular in the Middle East, but Arab leaders showered his top diplomat with jewelry worth far more than a quarter of a million dollars last year.
While Bush himself didn't fare nearly as well, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice raked in at least $316,000 in gem-encrusted baubles from the kings of Jordan and Saudi Arabia alone, making her one of top recipients among U.S. officials of gifts from foreign heads of state and government and their aides in 2007.
In January, Jordan's King Abdullah II gave Rice an emerald and diamond necklace, ring, bracelet and earrings estimated to be worth $147,000, according to the State Department's annual inventory of such items released Monday just in time for Christmas.
The king and his wife, Queen Rania, also gave Rice a less expensive necklace and earrings along with a jewelry box valued at $4,630, the document shows.
Not to be outdone, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia presented Rice with a ruby and diamond necklace with matching earrings, bracelet and ring worth $165,000 in July. The inventory also includes a $170,000 flower petal motif necklace the Saudi monarch gave to Rice in 2005, which the department says was not previously disclosed.
From the same Arab leaders, Bush received just over $100,000 in gifts in 2007, the list shows.
Other gifts include an $85,000 sapphire and diamond jewelry set and $10,000 piece of artwork depicting a desert scene of bedouins, camels and a tent made of gold given to first lady Laura Bush by Saudi King Abdullah.
Unfortunately for the Bushes, Rice and other recipients, they won't be able to enjoy the gifts as they have been turned over to the General Services Administration and government archives in accordance with federal law, which bars officials from accepting personal presents in almost all circumstances.
The inventory, prepared by State Department's Office of Protocol, catalogues all gifts given to top administration officials. The presents range from the modest a $6 assortment of nuts and dried fruit from the Dalai Lama to Mrs. Bush to the extravagant Rice's jewelry and the odd a $570 Brush Cutter with "comfort grip handles" from the Swedish prime minister to the president, presumably for use at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.
Bush got a $150 bronze platypus paperweight from an Australian official. The prime minister of Singapore gave Bush $450 worth of fitness equipment, including a "uSurf Wave Action Exerciser" and an "iGallop Core and Abs Exerciser," according to the documents, which offer a window into the tastes of foreign leaders.
The wife of Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe appears to be an animal lover, having given Laura Bush two red, white and blue hand-embroidered pillows with American flag designs and the names and images of first dogs Barney and Miss Beazley worth $100 last year.
She also gave the first lady a $700 porcelain Limoges box with the two pets painted on it and a stuffed black fleece Scotty toy valued at $100, the inventory shows.
Some gifts reflect the recipient's specialty. Gen. Peter Pace, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff received two machine guns one mounted worth $1,300 from his Colombian and Russian counterparts, while Defense Secretary Robert Gates got a $3,200 decorative Arab knife from a Bahraini official and a steel dagger valued at $345 from the Jordanian king.
The source of gifts to U.S. intelligence officials is classified, but CIA chief Michael Hayden took in $8,000 in gifts, including a sword, fountain pen and silk rug, in 2007.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081222/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/rice_gifts

 
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  posted on 12/22/2008 at 06:52 PM
These stories always seem to come out towards the end of administrations in DC. Remember all the stuff the Clintons had to give back because they were gifts.

 

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  posted on 12/22/2008 at 07:42 PM
I wonder if whoever is first lady has access to the jewels? If not, I wonder what will be done with them.

 

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  posted on 12/22/2008 at 10:07 PM
If they have to turn in the gifts to the GSA, what's the point of gifts then? I wouldn't be bothered with gifts of nominal value that could be kept by the official, say $200, that represents the giving country. Something like food or crafts that are local. Any greater giving, how about a nice check for the national debt?
 

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  posted on 12/22/2008 at 10:14 PM
Put 'em up on eBay and deposit the reciepts into the Treasury.

Then let Heny the Bald give it all away to rich bankers, who in turn will end up selling to foreigners currently doing lazy circles over our assets, waiting for the crash to steal them at bargin prices.

The circle of money is a wonderous thing!

 

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  posted on 12/23/2008 at 12:59 AM
Well, did the King doink her ?

 

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  posted on 12/23/2008 at 05:18 AM
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Well, did the King doink her ?



MMMM dont think HE is her type... if you know what i mean

 

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  posted on 12/23/2008 at 07:53 AM
From the cited article:

Unfortunately for the Bushes, Rice and other recipients, they won't be able to enjoy the gifts as they have been turned over to the General Services Administration and government archives in accordance with federal law, which bars officials from accepting personal presents in almost all circumstances.

I love to knock this administration, but this sounds pretty much like a non-story.

 

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  posted on 12/23/2008 at 11:53 AM
I suppose it really is a non-starter....but it's nice to get some of our 'oil' money back in some form or fashion. Still, I do wonder what they'll do with all that jewelry now!

 

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  posted on 12/23/2008 at 04:13 PM
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I suppose it really is a non-starter....but it's nice to get some of our 'oil' money back in some form or fashion. Still, I do wonder what they'll do with all that jewelry now!


They could put it all up on Ebay and help pay back the taxpayers.

 

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  posted on 12/23/2008 at 04:30 PM
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I suppose it really is a non-starter....but it's nice to get some of our 'oil' money back in some form or fashion. Still, I do wonder what they'll do with all that jewelry now!
http://www.iecjournal.org/iec/2008/02/update-on-forei.html

 

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