Friday, December 26, 2008


"Gifts are usually stored in government archives or with the GSA in accordance with federal law, which bars officials from accepting personal presents in almost all circumstances. They are then shipped off to the National Archives or given to charitable organizations. There are some exceptions. A century-old olive tree from Walid Joumblatt, chairman of Lebanon's Progressive Socialist Party, was transplanted to the Israeli embassy compound in Washington." (Thanks T.)

From the Washington Post

1 comment:

Helena Cobban said...

Not so much ironic as par for the course, perhaps? The equally (or more) outrageous thing in the report was the jewelry set worth $147,000 from King Abdullah of Jordan. (A country full of very distressed people in agriculture & other sectors...)