Gordon Brown tried to win over Bush with big box of chocolates

January 19th, 2009 - 1:08 pm ICT by ANI  

London, January 19 (ANI): Gordon Brown tried to woo U.S. President George W Bush by gifting him a big box of chocolates when they met for the first time, after the former was appointed British Prime Minister in the summer of 2007.
The revelation comes as the U.S. releases records on gifts to the outgoing president.
The records show that that Brown tried to win over his US counterpart with a deluxe selection of Charbonnel et Walker delights.
It was after Brown arrived by helicopter at Bushs rural retreat that he handed over the gifts to the president.
Along with chocolates, Brown also handed over a copy of Churchill: The Unexpected Hero by Paul Addison, and a green, beige and red tartan blanket to Bush.
“Non-acceptance would cause embarrassment to donor and US Government,” the Scotsman quoted the federal register, under which the gift is listed, as stating.
The newspaper report further reads that the form of words is understood to be used for the hundreds of small gifts the President receives every year from travelling statesmen and ambassadors.
All Federal employees, the president included, must register gifts they have received from foreign government sources. A total of 133 gifts are listed for 2007. (ANI)

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