04. 07. 2009
President Obama presents Queen with iPod - bad move?
Although President Obama is a great representative for the US in many respects he has become known on the other side of the pond for being a bit of a lame gift-giver. When he met up with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in Washington last month, he handed him a pack of 25 DVDs. Which weren't compatible with British DVD players. Hardly the most thoughtful present.
This week he's been in the UK meeting The Queen, the 82 year old monarch who has been head of state of Britain and the Commonwealth for over 50 years and who is not known for her tech savvy. And he brought her... an iPod. Now, I wouldn't turn down a free MP3 player myself, but it hardly seems like Obama was considering his audience. Couldn't he have got her something more personal, more appropriate? And he even got it engraved, so there's no way she can get a refund.
But actually, as Jon Henley points out in The Guardian, the new video iPod Obama gave to the Queen was actually pretty thoughtful, containing meaningful video footage and audio clips as well as some of her Majesty's favorite showtunes. And all she gave him was a framed photograph. Someone needs to seriously re-think their gift-giving strategy... and it ain't Obama.