Skip to comments.Reports: Rouhani Home with US 'Gift' of Silver Griffin
Posted on 09/28/2013 12:34:59 PM PDT by ColdOne
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday brought home a 2,700-year-old Persian artifact the US administration gave him as "a special gift" to Iranians, media reports said.
"The Americans contacted us on Thursday and said 'we have a gift for you'," Rouhani told reporters upon arrival at the airport in Tehran, the ILNA news agency reported.
"They gave it back as a special gift to the Iranian nation."
Rouhani was speaking of a 7th century BC silver Persian drinking cup in the shape of a winged Griffin, a legendary creature with the head of an eagle and body of a lion.
It is reported to be worth more than a million dollars.
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This POTUS B****** is now giving priceless relics to terrorist scum who murder Christians. That’s Hussein’s MO.
Rouhani made history on Friday by speaking on the phone to US President Barack Obama in the first contact between Iranian and American leaders since the 1979 Islamic revolution.? amazing
that... cup is NOT something I would care to drink from..
I don’t want to be friends with Iran. I want to be their worst enemy and then do something about it.
We owe them big time for letting them murder our people and we never did anything about it.
hes softening him up for a date...
0 courts our enemies, and shuns our allies.
Dear Lord, help us.
So we prop up this regime, but Mubarak and Kadafi had to go?
At least Obama didn’t give him an Ipod with his speeches on it.
I guess the clown in chief figures he can bribe the President of the Number One Terrorist supporting Countries on the Planet into leaving us alone.Wishful thinking isn’t it?
The world is laughing at the silly ass that is our POTUS, begging favors from murdering dictators.
At least he didn’t give them a boxed set of DVDs which won’t work in their zone.
Yep. Remember when the Iranian people filled the streets, and 0 looked the other way.
Apparently, there is something about the current regime that pleases him, and he sees no need to replace it with the Muslim Brotherhood : /
That would have been cheaper.
Who do you think paid for the million dollar “artifact”?
I only hope that this administration had the common sense to plant listening devices in it. Nah not a chance.
Was this artifact his to give away?!?
remind me again who in Iran signs the death warrant when they hang homosexuals?
remind me again when our Christian citizen being held in Iranian jail is being released as a “special gift”?
remind me again who made those IED’s that killed our troops in Iraq?
Since this relic predates Islam, it will be melted down so not remnant of Persian ascendancy remains.
“Was this artifact his to give away?!?”
It’s probably some piece of furniture from the white house that Moochele doesn’t like.
This sends a curious message, but I doubt Obama’s State Dept had the sense to intend anything more subtle than “look, we’re giving you back something we stole, as a reminder of why you hate us.” I guess another iPod with Obama’s greatest capitulations was voted down.
Pre-Islamic artifacts are not exactly at the top of the interest list for Islamists. Will Iranians see this as an attempt to divide and conquer by appealing to (relatively) secular interests versus fundamentalists and Revolutionary Guard hardliners? Or does an evocation of the Persian Empire imply US acceptance of Iranian regional hegemony?
He gave back a bust of Churchill to England. Next thing you know he’ll be giving away the keys to the WH... oh, wait... never mind. He should stick to giving away baskets of DVDs of his most fabulous moments.
Here’s one more sign of a thaw in U.S.-Iranian relations: A 2,700-year-old silver drinking cup, looted from a cave in Iran and seized by U.S. Customs officials a decade ago, was returned to Iran this week. Its value is estimated at a million dollars or more.
The ceremonial drinking vessel from the 7th century B.C., cast in the shape of a winged griffin, has been sitting in a warehouse in New York for years. And for years, U.S. officials have been saying they couldn’t return it to Iran until relations between Washington and Tehran were normalized. “This piece can’t go back,” the New York Post quoted James McAndrew, senior special agent in charge of cultural property for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as saying in 2010.
On Wednesday, the piece went back.
“It is considered the premier griffin of antiquity, a gift of the Iranian people to the world, and the United States is pleased to return it to the people of Iran,” the U.S. State Department said.
Hey! Everything belongs to the king, and anyone who says otherwise must be targeted by the IRS!
Thanks for that info and link.
obama not only negotiates with terrorists, he gives them gifts!
Because those foreign enemies pose no immediate threat to their political power.
Its sick, but indicative of tyrants down through the ages.
Obama is a pure leftwing statist.
On second thought, it's UGLY and who wants to drink anything out of a griffin's buttocks. The creature has a what the heck look on him so who knows what hussein had stuffed in it.
They said nothing.
Obama is GIVING AWAY ALL OF OUR MONEY TO OUR ENEMIES!!!!
Are we to really believe a phone call took place between the 2? Obama got snubbed at the UN why would Ruboni speak to him later?
This is a joke. Russia must be laughing their _ _ _ off.
I would send them a full chamber pot.
Meanwhile, don’t we have some claims against Iran still pending? Seems to me that item should have been sold with the proceeds put on the debt.
The muslims will want to destroy it as it came from the Persian culture before they invaded it.
Obama probably knows it will be destroyed.
WAS THIS ARTIFACT HIS TO GIVE AWAY????
I WANT TO KNOW THAT AS WELL...WILL CONTACT MY CONGRESS PERSON ON MONDAY...
Don’t forget the other problem with Obama: not only is he an arrogant pathological narcissist, he’s not very bright. So it probably never even occurred to him to consider what islamists think about pre-Islamic art (hint: they don’t like it).
Seized by customs officials in 2003, why the hell wasn’t it sold and the proceeds used to offset legal claims against Iran?
I’m betting it’s not a cup but an oil lamp.
How the heck would three people drink out of it,straws?
0 courts our enemies, and shuns our allies
Perhaps you haven’t noticed - we are the enemy.
...a 7th century BC silver Persian drinking cup in the shape of a winged Griffin... worth more than a million dollars.
“And who called who??”
News brief this a.m. on Fox radio stated that the mullah required the imposter to call him. My guess is that the mullah never picked up the phone.
Obviously non-islamic. Some sort of graven image, quick get a hammer and pound it flat. Might be some way to use the silver to make switches for suicide belts. Thanks a lot Obama.
Everything is his to give away. Why? Because he says it is and nobody challenges him.
W gave something back to Mexico. A flag or Santa Ana’s sword, can’t remember.
What?? No DVD’s?
He should have given them a cake in the shape of a key. They’re suckers for that.
No it belonged to we the people..
Barry probably burglarized the Smithsonian...
“It is reported to be worth more than a million dollars.” —
— Priceless treasure for the president of Iran — I-pad with of Obama speeches to the Queen of England.
That should tell you something about Obama...
‘They said nothing.”
That is NOT the point — the point is the gesture that Obama gratuitously talked with the President of Iran and Iran did absolutely NOTHING for it. It’s a propaganda coup for Iran and humiliation for the US.
Glad we gave that dang Griffin / Gryphon / Gryphin thang back .... Just collectin dust here ....
Remember when Bill and Hillary left the white house? They packed up valuable china, artwork, silverware.
The parks dept. contacted them and asked that certain items be returned to the white house.