President Obama gives iPod to Queen
Thu, 02 Apr 2009
On April Fool’s Day,we certainly couldn’t blame you if you had chosen to disregard this story, but we have it from no less than the New York Times that Barack Obama, in his maiden overseas voyage as head of state, has given the Queen of England an iPod.
And not just any iPod, no siree. It’s an iPod loaded with pictures and video of Her Majesty’s 2007 visit to Virginia, where she went to historical sites such as Jamestown and Williamsburg, as well as the state capital of Richmond (seriously, though, would it kill her to get out of the thirteen colonies?).
We don’t know precisely what kind of iPod the President gave her—we hope he sprung for a touch (laser-engraved, naturally); I’m sure the Queen has just been itching to get at the App Store.
The Queen, by most reports, was currently rocking a circa 2005 6GB silver iPod mini, so I’m sure she’ll be glad for the upgrade.
In addition, Obama gave her a rare songbook signed by Richard Rodgers; the Queen, in return, gave him a signed, silver-framed photograph of her and the Duke of Edinburgh, the same gift she reputedly gives all her other important visitors - we hear that Russian Prime Minister Vladmir Putin does the exact same thing.
[Image via AP]
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Posted by: Dan Moren
Not that I’m by any means a royalist, and not to be picky but in addition to being the Queen of England she’s also the queen of Scotland,
"the Queen, in return, gave him a signed, silver-framed photograph of her and the Duke of Edinburgh, the same gift she reputedly gives all her other important visitors - we hear that Russian Prime Minister Vladmir Putin does the exact same thing."
Putin gives important visitors a picture of the Queen and Duke Of Edinburgh? Strange man....
pjfw - just lifting stories from US publications causes this, and an inability to think and tailor the stories for UK.
To refer to 'Queen of England' may be acceptable to the "people of America" (should that not be the 'people of the United States of America'?), but in this country it is simply wrong, and in fact offensive to the people of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
(This has now been fixed - Macworld UK)
Tantris Der Narr
"the Queen, in return, gave him a signed, silver-framed photograph of her and the Duke of Edinburgh, the same gift she reputedly gives all her other important visitors" - Does it also come with instructions of how to genuflect and curtsy before it?
Perhaps President Obama should have given her a Zune, with a picture of himself and his wife? (CAN a Zune show a picture? :-)
"...a signed, silver-framed photograph of her[self]..." how XIX century!
Tantris Der Narr
If he'd have given her a Zune, she'd have had him deported...
It is ignorance to say Queen of England, she is queen of the United Kingdom (and Commonwealth)
this man must be stopped! he is far too cool and intelligent and actually makes the US look like a decent place again....noooooooo!!!
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