Iraq may be going to hell in a handcart, and George Bush's approval ratings likewise. But there are consolations. A US president is bombarded with presents from other leaders.
In 2005, they ranged from a royal-designed, off-road motorbike, to golfing kit and tango CDs from the President of Argentina. Other gifts include six Marinella silk ties and gold Omega watch worth $4,000 (£2,130) from the former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, and a $940 Hermes wool blanket, courtesy of President Jacques Chirac.
The Prince of Wales presented Mr Bush with a four-volume collection of essays by Winston Churchill, "embossed in gold with Prince of Wales plumes"( $1,832 or £980). The off-road motorbike ($4,500 and "developed by the King Abdullah Design and Development Bureau") was a gift from the Jordanian monarch.
Alas, by law, any gift worth more than $305 goes into government "courtesy storage". They will eventually go on show in Mr Bush's Presidential Library.Reuse content