Tu Thanh Ha
The Globe and Mail
April 26, 2013

Somewhere, in the bazaar-like pile of gifts Barack Obama received recently, between the bamboo bicycle from the Philippines and the Sri Lankan pouches of coffee, is Canada’s contribution: a basketball and a map.

The U.S. government released Friday the list of gifts that its President and other federal officials have received from foreign governments in 2011.

The document, which features the extravagant, the eccentric and the self-centric, gives a peek into the old-fashioned tradition of head of states exchanging goodwill gifts that highlight either their country’s heritage or the giver’s taste.

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List of gifts

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