regifting, nation to nation
Posted by adiamondinsunlight on December 23, 2008
As I was packing up to leave work for the day, I got a surprise “gift” in my inbox: a fascinating Washington Post article on gifts of state. Apparently, gifts to American officials “are usually stored in government archives or with the GSA in accordance with federal law, which bars officials from accepting personal presents in almost all circumstances. They are then shipped off to the National Archives or given to charitable organizations.”
Or, naturally, they are regifted. As the article notes:
There are some exceptions. A century-old olive tree from Walid Joumblatt, chairman of Lebanon’s Progressive Socialist Party, was transplanted to the Israeli embassy compound in Washington.
Dying, dying laughing.