What to give someone who has everything
March 14th, 2012
12:24 PM ET

What to give someone who has everything

The White House released this information on the gifts from the Obamas to the Camerons:

On the occasion of the Official Visit, The President and Mrs. Obama gave the Prime Minister and Mrs. Cameron a one-of-a-kind Braten 1000 Series Grill hand made by Engelbrecht Grills and Cookers of Paxton, Illinois. Symbolizing the personal friendship between the President and Mrs. Obama and Prime Minister and Mrs. Cameron, the gift commemorates their May 2011 visit to 10 Downing Street where together they grilled and served food to American and British Armed Service Members.

An American classic, the wood and charcoal burning grill is customized with American and British friendship flags engraved into the utility shelf and a personalized plaque mounted on the exterior lid. The grill and all its component parts are made in the United States and Engelbrecht Grills and Cookers has been praised for its environmentally friendly practices. The gift also includes two White House chef jackets each featuring American and British flags, and the Great Seal. Prime Minister and Mrs. Cameron's names are embroidered onto the front of their individual jacket.

Mrs. Obama gave Mrs. Cameron an original crystal honey vase with honey collected from the South Lawn of the White House hand-etched with the words "White House Honey" onto the front side of the vase. Chamomile seeds harvested from the White House kitchen garden and a custom candle inspired by the White House were also presented.

Each of Prime Minister and Mrs. Cameron's children received personalized American made bean bag chairs, each featuring the Presidential Seal and the child's name embroidered.


Topics: David Cameron • President Obama • The Buzz

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. John

    This stuff is crazy.
    How about donating money to a non-profit in their name?

    March 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  2. Txjack

    Really a Grill that is the type of the gift he gave.

    Well considering our economy I guess that is all the US taxpayer can afford.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • Howard

      The Obama's are known for giving the most ridiculous, tasteless gifts to other world leaders ... but, at least this time, they didn't give photos, videos, or recordings of our meglomaniac, egotistical, President's speeches, as a gift !!!

      March 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  3. judy

    great ideas all made in America products. Way to go First Lady bet he never had a grill before. And Im sure the kids love the bean bag chairs. Funny how if to expensive the repos complaine and if not expensive enough the repos complaine and then some just complaine for no reason. Go suck a rock you repo complainers.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Lefty

      They do have grills in the UK you know.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Howard

      This poor excuse for a President, is ALL about posing, not leading ... and, if anybody has the audacity to call him on his lame leadership, an army of Obama stooges is waiting in the wings to pounce on you, as they are doing here. The American people are finally waking up to the deception, and are tired of the empty platitudes and lies coming from this President. As Lincoln said ... 'You can't fool all of the people all of the time' ... but, you can fool some of the people all of the time ... that's one reason why the Obama stooges, who constantly defend him, with a knee jerk reaction, are the real fools !!!

      March 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  4. Lefty

    The Brits are great allies so I have no problem with the gifts but I do have a problem with CNN acting like it's earth shattering news. Why not report how Obamacare will cost double of what was promised and still not cover everybody? I guess that's just asking too much of this "news" organization.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  5. demwit

    I spent $65 to fill up todasy and this is what CNN's White House Senior Supervising Producer reports on???

    March 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  6. Sponge-Bob

    How about resigning and giving the whole country one big gift!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  7. Marty

    Doesn't matter what the President and the first lady give or say or do. People will criticize them no matter what. What an embarrassment this has been to our country to have our citizens constantly badmouth and insult our own President. And what makes it worse is the most horrible, racist, vulgar comments come from the so-called holier than though conservatives. If they are the people who claimed to be church-going, God loving people,then I don't wanna be them! Do they even realize the whole world is watching the news daily and listening to us Americans insulting each other??? Unbelievable.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  8. Marlee

    Damn the Chinese credit line that's hooked US gov.

    March 15, 2012 at 8:02 am |