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Ask the White House (What Pres. Bush gave Queen Elizabeth II on her 2007 Visit)
Ask The White House ^ | 5/8/2007 | Raymond Martinez

Posted on 04/02/2009 3:36:22 PM PDT by mojito

Raymond P. Martinez (Chief of Protocol):

Good afternoon everyone. Thank you very much for having me on “Ask the White House.” I look forward to talking with you today about the Office of the Chief of Protocol and what our role is for the President. We are responsible for many activities including the planning, hosting, and officiating of ceremonial events for visiting chiefs of state and heads of government, as well as coordinating logistics for the visits. We also manage Blair House, the President's guesthouse, and oversee all protocol matters for Presidential, Vice Presidential and Presidential delegation trips abroad. As you know, The President and Mrs. Bush welcomed Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, for a State Visit yesterday at the White House....

Tyrone, from Florida writes:

Hon. Mr. Martinez, Thank your for taking our questions. Her Majesty, Elizabeth II...is such a grand woman. I am glad that she was able to make the trip to the "colonies." I would like to know what official gift was presented to her by the President and what gift she present to the President and the American people on behalf of her many subjects?

Raymond P. Martinez:

Tyrone, the principals conducted a leader to leader gift exchange in the Red Room of the White House immediately after the arrival ceremony. President and Mrs. Bush gave Her Majesty a bronze statuette “High Desert Princess” with a personal inscription on the bottom of the base. It is a replica of the original life size statue that is located in front of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth, Texas.

President and Mrs. Bush gave The Prince Philip an exclusive sterling silver eagle box by Tiffany & Co. with personal inscription on the inside lid.

President and Mrs. Bush gave Their Majesties a leather presentation box filled with a collection of documents from the National Archives. One of the items was a copy of an original letter from President Roosevelt to her father, King George, written in 1938. There were also photos from previous royal visits and a DVD of the footage from the Queen’s visit to the United States when she was Princess Elizabeth in 1951.

Their Majesties gave President Bush a sterling silver oversized plate by William & Son with gold seals including: the Presidential seal, the Royal seal and a center seal with the star of Texas surrounded by roses. There was a personal inscription on the back of the plate. They gave Mrs. Bush a gold and crystal clock with the Royal seal by William & Son.

The Office of the Chief of Protocol assists the President and First Lady in the selection and presentation of gifts to foreign leaders.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhouk; bush43; obamagaffe; presidentbush; queenelizabeth; royals
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Class vs. Whatever the 0's are.
1 posted on 04/02/2009 3:36:23 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

Heheheh - not to mention what the Queen and Prince Phillip gave to th Obambas: a photo of themselves :-)


2 posted on 04/02/2009 3:39:21 PM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: mojito
A Tiffany Silver Monogrammed Box versus an IPOD with SHOW TUNES, one being RENT, the gay play, and Obama's SPEECHES on it also!!

Bush spent waaaaay too much, actually Congress did, but at LEAST they had great class.....this is EMBARRASSING.

3 posted on 04/02/2009 3:39:25 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: mojito

Great find! Thanks for digging it up.


4 posted on 04/02/2009 3:40:20 PM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Private First Class - 1/16/09 - Parris Island, SC)
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To: mojito

Plus a Letter SIGNED by her father........and something American like the statue was very appropriate....I can’t get past the IPOD crap present.


5 posted on 04/02/2009 3:41:43 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: mojito

The Office of the Chief of Protocol assists the President and First Lady in the selection and presentation of gifts to foreign leaders.

It is clear they are not listening.


6 posted on 04/02/2009 3:42:18 PM PDT by EBH (The world is a balance between good & evil, your next choice will tip the scale.)
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To: Ann Archy
He was going to bring her one of his White House party favors... an OZ of pure Colombian caine... but he could not get it into England.

LLS

7 posted on 04/02/2009 3:44:17 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my President... NEVER!!!)
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To: mojito
Their Majesties gave President Bush a sterling silver oversized plate by William & Son with gold seals including: the Presidential seal, the Royal seal and a center seal with the star of Texas surrounded by roses. There was a personal inscription on the back of the plate. They gave Mrs. Bush a gold and crystal clock with the Royal seal by William & Son.

My my, how very interesting. MSM lead us to believe that the photo of the Queen and Prince Philip given to Mr. & Mrs. Zero was standard fare given to all dignitaries. Either the policy changed after GWB left office or they're covering for Bambi.

8 posted on 04/02/2009 3:45:19 PM PDT by StarFan
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To: Ann Archy
I can’t get past the IPOD crap present.

Nor can most of us except for Matt Lauer who thought the idea was quite novel and modern. Barf..

9 posted on 04/02/2009 3:46:44 PM PDT by StarFan
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To: nutmeg; Bahbah

Class vs. trash.


10 posted on 04/02/2009 3:47:29 PM PDT by StarFan
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To: mojito

Uhh... that would “Class vs. Trash”

:D

Hoss


11 posted on 04/02/2009 3:48:03 PM PDT by HossB86
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To: EBH

They are probably a bunch of 20-somethings who still live at home and play Halo during their lunch hours.


12 posted on 04/02/2009 3:48:11 PM PDT by bgill (this is my happy face)
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To: mojito

Send your favorite liberal friend a Pez dispenser for his birthday and sign the card as coming from Obama.


13 posted on 04/02/2009 3:48:16 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: StarFan

Matt Lauer has the manners of an ox.....wouldn’t know class if it hit him in the snoz.


14 posted on 04/02/2009 3:48:47 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: StarFan

Suprised they didn’t give the Queen a 40 and a bucket of wings !


15 posted on 04/02/2009 3:49:47 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: mojito
The Office of the Chief of Protocol assists the President and First Lady in the selection and presentation of gifts to foreign leaders.

He must have quit when the Obambis came in, because their "gifts to foreign leaders" are just trashy.

16 posted on 04/02/2009 3:50:51 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: mojito

Ask the 0bama:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/


17 posted on 04/02/2009 3:51:15 PM PDT by EBH (The world is a balance between good & evil, your next choice will tip the scale.)
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To: StarFan

I wonder if the Queen didn’t have something spectacular to give the Obama’s as well. But, upon receiving the IPOD it was “Oh......thank you! And we have a little something, ah....for you, ah.....[looking around and picking up the nearest item on the closest table] ... a photograph of us to remember your visit by.”


18 posted on 04/02/2009 3:51:49 PM PDT by 21twelve (Drive Reality out with a pitchfork if you want , it always comes back.)
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To: StarFan
Class vs. trash.

Yup, and don't think people don't notice.

19 posted on 04/02/2009 3:53:15 PM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: StarFan

I noticed the same thing...somebody’s lying.


20 posted on 04/02/2009 3:55:21 PM PDT by Krodg
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To: mojito

Very very nice to read something special today..this has been a trying day.

Love it, thanks!


21 posted on 04/02/2009 3:56:47 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/)
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To: mojito
"...The Office of the Chief of Protocol assists the President and First Lady in the selection and presentation of gifts to foreign leaders. ..."

oh boy, i can't wait to find out who the chief of protocol is NOW!!!

22 posted on 04/02/2009 3:59:56 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/)
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To: mojito

**President and Mrs. Bush gave Their Majesties a leather presentation box filled with a collection of documents from the National Archives. One of the items was a copy of an original letter from President Roosevelt to her father, King George, written in 1938. There were also photos from previous royal visits and a DVD of the footage from the Queen’s visit to the United States when she was Princess Elizabeth in 1951.**

Now that’s a nice gift. All focused on the Queen and English history.

The Obama’s are flunking the world etiquette quiz.


23 posted on 04/02/2009 4:00:14 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Inspectorette
Don't forget this is the same idiot who sent the bust of Winston Churchill back to the UK...yep they got the class of toads..and that insults toads.
24 posted on 04/02/2009 4:00:40 PM PDT by celtic gal (I think the democRATs should change their logo from a jackass to a RAT with a long tail.)
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To: mojito
http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/

"...Under the direction of the Acting Chief of Protocol Gladys Boluda..."

That's who's running the SHOW.

25 posted on 04/02/2009 4:02:49 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/)
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To: Inspectorette

“a photo of themselves,” no doubt with the inscription, “Royalty and class-—or, you wish you could be.”


26 posted on 04/02/2009 4:02:50 PM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: mojito

From Wikipedia: The Chief of Protocol is an officer of the United States Department of State responsible for advising the President of the United States, the vice president, and the secretary of state on matters of national and international diplomatic protocol. The Chief of Protocol holds the rank of Ambassador and Assistant Secretary of State.

The chief arranges itineraries for foreign dignitaries visiting the U.S. and accompanies the president on all official international travel. Additionally, the office is responsible for accrediting foreign diplomats and publishing the list of foreign consular offices in the U.S., organizing ceremonies for treaty signings, conducting ambassadorial swearing-in and state arrival ceremonies, and maintaining Blair House, the official guest house for state visitors.

The acting Chief of Protocol is Gladys Boluda, who took on the position at the end of Nancy Brinker’s term on January 20, 2009. A new Chief of Protocol has yet to be appointed.


Obviously, Clinton and the Obamas feel that they don’t need any stinkin’ chief of protocol!


27 posted on 04/02/2009 4:03:32 PM PDT by maica (Politics is not about facts. it is about what politicians can get people to believe. - Thomas Sowell)
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To: mojito

http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/c29447.htm

PROTOCOL GIFT UNIT


28 posted on 04/02/2009 4:04:19 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/)
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29 posted on 04/02/2009 4:05:41 PM PDT by MaxMax (RINO=RAT!)
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To: Ann Archy

Can’t the Gov just write it off their taxes? /joke


30 posted on 04/02/2009 4:06:22 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Obama gave the Queen an IPOD!!!! With his speeches on it!!!)
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To: mojito

The Obamas hate America and therefore see nothing of value or good in American heritage.

That is why they give gifts of DVD’s and Ipods with the TOTUS liar’s speeches on it.

Remember, old Michelle was never proud of her country until her ACORN elected Kenyan hubby was a candidate.


31 posted on 04/02/2009 4:06:53 PM PDT by dforest
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To: mojito

well this is indeed interesting because my wife who works in DC has been telling me for months that all the women at work laugh at Mr. First Lady and believe she’s crass and unsophisticated, etc etc etc.

It’s not something that guys pay much attention to, but wifey reports the general sense is that she’s quite the artless country bumpkin, and this cuts across all age groups and even across the political spectrum. Even the women who like Zer0 think Ms. Zer0 is an embarrassment.

One must assume Ms. First Lady is in charge of gift giving.


32 posted on 04/02/2009 4:07:18 PM PDT by angkor
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To: mojito

33 posted on 04/02/2009 4:08:13 PM PDT by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: MaxMax

The Queen ADORES horses. Very nice gift.....class to class.


34 posted on 04/02/2009 4:08:30 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: rabidralph
Pez dispenser

That's exactly what I thought of when I heard about the DVD's and the toy Marine One.

35 posted on 04/02/2009 4:12:13 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Krodg; StarFan
I can't confirm (yet), but I believe I read earlier the picture is the standard gift the Queen gives people who visit her.
36 posted on 04/02/2009 4:14:01 PM PDT by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: mojito

Sunny Davis!


37 posted on 04/02/2009 4:14:24 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government; this is no time for Obamateurs. Emmanuel = Haldeman?)
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To: StarFan
Matt Lauer who thought the idea was quite novel and modern. Barf..

The Queen is how old?...how many IPODs does the Queen have?...now, one more than she wants!

38 posted on 04/02/2009 4:19:36 PM PDT by lonestar (Obama is turning Bush's "mess" into a catastrophe.)
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To: numberonepal

I don’t think this is an official state visit. Here are some interesting facts about visits and The Queen. May not be true. It is on yahoo after all.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090328183822AA2GhSI


39 posted on 04/02/2009 4:22:10 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
oh boy, i can't wait to find out who the chief of protocol is NOW!!!

I'm still trying figure whether he fired protocol immediately upon taking office, or if he's not listening to protocol. I tend to think he fired them because if protocol was present, they wouldn't let the country be embarrassed this much or he hired totally unqualified, careless, ingnoramuses as dumb as he is.

40 posted on 04/02/2009 4:25:05 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: StarFan

I don’t think IPODs come in leather presentation boxes nor monogrammed silver Tiffany style boxes either, it was probably still in the unopenable surroundable plastic with the hook thingey UNLESS it was opened by the WH and then they re-wrapped in an old cardboard box from Macy’s.


41 posted on 04/02/2009 4:25:31 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Off Hunting--- for the COLB)
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To: mojito
Class vs. Whatever the 0's are.

****************

Here's hint.

It starts with a "T".

42 posted on 04/02/2009 4:27:59 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: BerryDingle

if you find out, let me know! I want to know who is running what here..i mean this is a poor pattern...hopefully that can recover from what they have started. *hahaha*


43 posted on 04/02/2009 4:29:54 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/)
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Class vs. Whatever the 0's are.

Thoughtless, tacky, selfish, uncouth, and whatever is worse than that.

44 posted on 04/02/2009 4:32:04 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: uncitizen
Thoughtless, tacky, selfish, uncouth, and whatever is worse than that.

******************

Rude, narcissistic and arrogant.

45 posted on 04/02/2009 4:34:18 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: numberonepal

The statue is beautiful and note that it came with a personal inscription on the bottom. You don’t pick THAT up at the WH gift shop.

It’s also appropriate that the original statue is in Texas.


46 posted on 04/02/2009 4:35:34 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
The acting Chief of Protocol is Gladys Boluda, who took on the position at the end of Nancy Brinker’s term on January 20, 2009. A new Chief of Protocol has yet to be appointed.

I just found it in reply 27. So I was partially correct, there is no one who cares.

47 posted on 04/02/2009 4:36:37 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: BerryDingle

ha, I missed that..thanks! So that explains the horrific problems. no one in charge of protocol..he’s like a fish out of water.


48 posted on 04/02/2009 4:39:31 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/)
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To: Inspectorette
Heheheh - not to mention what the Queen and Prince Phillip gave to th Obambas: a photo of themselves :-)

At least the photo they gave him is in the right format to be viewed in North America. ;-)

My question is, how long until Zero sends it back?

49 posted on 04/02/2009 4:41:01 PM PDT by fanfan (God, Bless America, please.)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~; ejonesie22; fieldmarshaldj; CedarDave; Jim Robinson
"...The Office of the Chief of Protocol assists the President and First Lady in the selection and presentation of gifts to foreign leaders. ..."

Photobucket

50 posted on 04/02/2009 4:41:11 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Classy fashion icon Michelle O......always dressed to the 8s.......)
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