Foreign Affairs

Receiving a Gift is Always Interesting --- Especially if You are the President of the United States!

Receiving a Gift is Always Interesting --- Especially if You are the President of the United States!

Kings and queens, chiefs, premiers, presidents and all manner of heads of state have exchanged gifts almost as long as there has been a civilized world. Gifts have been a symbol of respect between people of different cultures, a symbol of peaceful coexistence and international cooperation, even friendship.

But when our country was a young democracy, our leaders felt that accepting gifts from foreign countries was way too dangerous.