First Draft: royal iPod
President Barack Obama gave the Queen an iPod filled with show tunes and pictures from her visit to America. Now watch for those tell-tale ear buds under Her Majesty’s crown.
“I think it was a fun gift for the Queen,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told ABC’s “Good Morning America” from London where Obama is attending the G20 summit. “I think it was a real treat to call back and tell his kids that he’d met the Queen.”
Obama apparently came away with warm feelings for the British royals after his private meeting at Buckingham Palace. “The president remarked to me this morning that her sensibilities sort of reminded him a bit of his grandmother, only with a much bigger house,” Gibbs told NBC’s “Today.”
While salvaging the world economy is on the plate at G20, closer to home there’s more bad news on unemployment as U.S. jobless claims unexpectedly rose to a 26-year high last week.
A record 32.2 million people — one in every 10 Americans — received food stamps at latest count, the government said.
Congress moving toward passing slimmed-down versions of Obama’s $3.55 trillion 2010 budget plan.
Photo credit: Reuters/Pool (Obama and the Queen)