Gift Horse

From Holden:

A few selections from the State Department’s latest tally of world leaders’ gifts to the Chimpster.

World leaders apparently did not let Bush’s much-publicized conversion, at age 40, from heavy drinking to sobriety, affect their gift-giving: the US president received about 78 bottles of wine.

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili gave 12 bottles, worth about 144 dollars; Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika gave about 60 bottles worth 658 dollars; and Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali gave six bottles worth 48 dollars.

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Hungarian Prime Minister Peter Medgyessy gave Bush a braided brown leather whip, worth 125 dollars.

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[Jordanian King Abdullah II ] gave the US president six jars of fertilizer…