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2013-05-21 09:50:15 AM
For those of you too lazy to click on the link somebody in some country you never heard of tried to give Obama a mask that Obama wasn't allowed to accept.

/you're welcome
 
2013-05-21 09:54:09 AM
They are rather stunning things.
ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2013-05-21 09:58:42 AM
From another article.

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (the biggest spender on the list) gave Obama an Hermes golf bag worth $7,750


blogs.phillymag.com
 
2013-05-21 10:07:56 AM

quickdraw: For those of you too lazy to click on the link somebody in some country you never heard of tried to give Obama a mask that Obama wasn't allowed to accept.


Except that the somebody (the king) didn't *try* to give Obama the mask, he gave him the mask. And Obama *did* accept it, but not for himself. He accepted it on behalf of the country and it's in the National Archives, not sitting on his dresser.

I won't get into the symbolism behind the President of the United States, a man mired in scandal who cloaks himself in secrecy and won't even truly put to rest long-standing questions about the nature of his birth, accepting a "mask" on behalf of his nation, though. That's a discussion for another time.
 
2013-05-21 10:10:20 AM

Pocket Ninja: quickdraw: For those of you too lazy to click on the link somebody in some country you never heard of tried to give Obama a mask that Obama wasn't allowed to accept.

Except that the somebody (the king) didn't *try* to give Obama the mask, he gave him the mask. And Obama *did* accept it, but not for himself. He accepted it on behalf of the country and it's in the National Archives, not sitting on his dresser.

I won't get into the symbolism behind the President of the United States, a man mired in scandal who cloaks himself in secrecy and won't even truly put to rest long-standing questions about the nature of his birth, accepting a "mask" on behalf of his nation, though. That's a discussion for another time.


Oh You!
 
2013-05-21 10:12:52 AM

quickdraw: For those of you too lazy to click on the link somebody in some country you never heard of tried to give Obama a mask that Obama wasn't allowed to accept.

/you're welcome


Thank you.

The National Archives had a huge exhibit of presidential gifts a few years back that I really wanted to see. Some of them are really funny.
 
2013-05-21 10:31:13 AM
Obama was also encouraged to take one of the King's concubines for the night. Refusal would lead to embarrassment for the US and for Gabon.
 
2013-05-21 10:36:58 AM
They are nickle and diming this president something fierce.  Do you want the exact cost of his cheese burger next?
 
2013-05-21 10:47:12 AM

ManateeGag: They are nickle and diming this president something fierce.  Do you want the exact cost of his cheese burger next?


well when you factor in the cost of his halal butcher, chef, food taster, cheeseburger czar and security i'm thinking 0bong0 is somewhere around $232,000 taxpayer dollars per cheeseburger.
 
2013-05-21 10:50:03 AM

doublesecretprobation: ManateeGag: They are nickle and diming this president something fierce.  Do you want the exact cost of his cheese burger next?

well when you factor in the cost of his halal butcher, chef, food taster, cheeseburger czar and security i'm thinking 0bong0 is somewhere around $232,000 taxpayer dollars per cheeseburger.


Damnit, now I want a cheeseburger for lunch.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-05-21 10:54:59 AM
it's normal for presidents to receive gifts from other countries.
 
2013-05-21 11:11:52 AM
Obligatory gratuitous CJ

haikucrew.files.wordpress.com

/I still would
 
2013-05-21 11:29:05 AM

ThatGuyGreg: Obligatory gratuitous CJ


There aren't enough of those in TFD?
 
2013-05-21 11:36:16 AM

quickdraw: For those of you too lazy to click on the link somebody in some country you never heard of tried to give Obama a mask that Obama wasn't allowed to accept.

/you're welcome


Wait, what? He wasn't allowed to accept? Where'd you get that? I thought the opposite was true: he had to accept it for diplomatic reasons.

assets.nationaljournal.com

Can't find a picture of the mask. I bet it's actually pretty dope.
 
2013-05-21 11:39:34 AM
news.usc.edu

Now Obama will be unstoppable.
 
2013-05-21 11:42:37 AM

Car_Ramrod: quickdraw: For those of you too lazy to click on the link somebody in some country you never heard of tried to give Obama a mask that Obama wasn't allowed to accept.

/you're welcome

Wait, what? He wasn't allowed to accept? Where'd you get that? I thought the opposite was true: he had to accept it for diplomatic reasons.



Can't find a picture of the mask. I bet it's actually pretty dope.


There's a link to it in the article.
 
2013-05-21 11:44:52 AM

ginandbacon: quickdraw: For those of you too lazy to click on the link somebody in some country you never heard of tried to give Obama a mask that Obama wasn't allowed to accept.

/you're welcome

Thank you.

The National Archives had a huge exhibit of presidential gifts a few years back that I really wanted to see. Some of them are really funny.


I'm sure it pales in insignificance next to the International House of Friendship Exhibition Hall in Best Korea.
 
2013-05-21 11:44:53 AM
I've never heard of Gabon so it is outrageous that they would give an expensive gift to the usurper!!!!!
 
2013-05-21 11:46:28 AM
His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba sounds like something Glenn Beck would call Obama.
 
2013-05-21 11:46:35 AM

doublesecretprobation: ManateeGag: They are nickle and diming this president something fierce.  Do you want the exact cost of his cheese burger next?

well when you factor in the cost of his halal butcher, chef, food taster, cheeseburger czar and security i'm thinking 0bong0 is somewhere around $232,000 taxpayer dollars per cheeseburger.


You forgot the market price for argula
 
2013-05-21 11:47:03 AM

Well, he made enough from the Harry Potter movies to afford it, so why not?


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/too soon?
 
2013-05-21 11:47:22 AM
I came out of my hibernation to post this link, and everyone has ignored that the president of Ghana's name is Ali Bongo Ondimba.
 
2013-05-21 11:47:42 AM
His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba

Knew there was some relation
 
2013-05-21 11:47:55 AM

ManateeGag: They are nickle and diming this president something fierce.  Do you want the exact cost of his cheese burger next?


Why?? Did you hear that he went to 5 Guys instead of getting something off of the Dollar Menu at McDonalds? Because that's the kind of information we need to get this impeachment process off of the ground.
 
2013-05-21 11:48:18 AM
great, everyone beat me to the bongo thing
 
2013-05-21 11:48:34 AM

Ivandrago: His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba sounds like something Glenn Beck would call Obama.


Maybe they're related!  ZOMG NEPOTISM
 
2013-05-21 11:50:38 AM

Jackson Herring: great, everyone beat me to the bongo thing


You're a day late and a dollar fart
 
2013-05-21 11:52:02 AM
www.archives.gov

This was a gift to LBJ.  I know Obama has a civil rights era painting hanging in the White House.  Since this was a gift to a former, now deceased President, I wonder if they could they hang this in the White House?  It would be a shame if it has to stay hidden away in the National Archives forever.
 
2013-05-21 11:53:53 AM

Ivandrago: His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba sounds like something Glenn Beck would call Obama.


That name was the only thing I found of interest in the article.Though, the rare Brazilian soccer jerseys would be sweet to have for eBay.
 
2013-05-21 11:55:24 AM

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Car_Ramrod: quickdraw: For those of you too lazy to click on the link somebody in some country you never heard of tried to give Obama a mask that Obama wasn't allowed to accept.

/you're welcome

Wait, what? He wasn't allowed to accept? Where'd you get that? I thought the opposite was true: he had to accept it for diplomatic reasons.

Can't find a picture of the mask. I bet it's actually pretty dope.

There's a link to it in the article.


*slaps forehead* I hate when they put a tiny bit of text under pictures at the end of articles. Someone also posted it upthread, apparently. That's a crappy mask. Won't even hide my face.
 
2013-05-21 11:55:59 AM

quickdraw: For those of you too lazy to click on the link somebody in some country you never heard of tried to give Obama a mask that Obama wasn't allowed to accept.

/you're welcome


He's allowed to accept it, but not keep it as personal property.  It becomes property of the US government and he just accepts it on the gov's behalf.  The value of a gift from a foreign gov is fairly low ($350 I think) - anything above that it handed over.
 
2013-05-21 12:01:13 PM
i don't really get how you would "wear" that mask
 
2013-05-21 12:01:56 PM

Jackson Herring: great, everyone beat me to the bongo thing


Me too.  :(
 
2013-05-21 12:03:50 PM

Great_Milenko: This was a gift to LBJ. I know Obama has a civil rights era painting hanging in the White House. Since this was a gift to a former, now deceased President, I wonder if they could they hang this in the White House? It would be a shame if it has to stay hidden away in the National Archives forever.


IIRC: Gifts that go to the National Archives officially become property of the US government, and are available for use in government-owned buildings. They can be used in the White House by Presidents, but they are not owned by the Presidents to take with them when they leave office. For gifts above a nominal value (it's a really low baseline of like $20), the President accepts on behalf of the American People and gives the item to the National Archives.
 
2013-05-21 12:04:40 PM
www.vteschecklist.com
 
2013-05-21 12:04:46 PM

DROxINxTHExWIND: 5 Guys


and think of all the people with Peanut allergies he could possibly come in contact with.  he's going to kill someone with his reckless cheese burger eating habits.
 
2013-05-21 12:07:04 PM

ThatGuyGreg: Obligatory gratuitous CJ

[haikucrew.files.wordpress.com image 425x548]

/I still would


Aw, HELL yeah!
 
2013-05-21 12:07:07 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-21 12:13:07 PM

Jackson Herring: i don't really get how you would "wear" that mask


As soon as I read this, I thought to myself, "He's totally going to shop that onto Obama's face".

Thank you for not disappointing.
 
2013-05-21 12:15:56 PM

ThatGuyGreg: Obligatory gratuitous CJ



/I still would


The article links to a WW episode but it's the bit about CJ and the statue. What about the one where the president accepts the flag from Taiwan? That one really goes into detail about the process.
 
2013-05-21 12:21:35 PM
I bet if this was a Winston Churchill bust from the Queen of England the brain trust at the National Journal wouldn't have a problem.
 
2013-05-21 12:22:11 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

/hotlinked
 
2013-05-21 12:24:07 PM

quickdraw: For those of you too lazy to click on the link somebody in some country you never heard of tried to give Obama a mask that Obama wasn't allowed to accept.

/you're welcome


i28.photobucket.com
Thanks, Fartbongo!
 
2013-05-21 12:26:38 PM

quickdraw: For those of you too lazy to click on the link somebody in some country you never heard of tried to give Obama a mask that Obama wasn't allowed to accept.

/you're welcome


I believe you meant "wasn't allowed to NOT accept".
 
2013-05-21 12:26:41 PM

Pocket Ninja: quickdraw: For those of you too lazy to click on the link somebody in some country you never heard of tried to give Obama a mask that Obama wasn't allowed to accept.

Except that the somebody (the king) didn't *try* to give Obama the mask, he gave him the mask. And Obama *did* accept it, but not for himself. He accepted it on behalf of the country and it's in the National Archives, not sitting on his dresser.

I won't get into the symbolism behind the President of the United States, a man mired in scandal who cloaks himself in secrecy and won't even truly put to rest long-standing questions about the nature of his birth, accepting a "mask" on behalf of his nation, though. That's a discussion for another time.


It's to cover the shapeshifters faces.


5/10  needed a little more conspiracy.
 
2013-05-21 12:30:09 PM

Car_Ramrod: Jackson Herring: i don't really get how you would "wear" that mask

As soon as I read this, I thought to myself, "He's totally going to shop that onto Obama's face".

Thank you for not disappointing.


eh my best work is behind me, my heart isn't really in it these days
 
2013-05-21 12:30:25 PM
What a dumb gift.  It's not even Gabonese.  Better to have given an authentic Gabonese mask or something.
 
2013-05-21 12:30:37 PM

RevMercutio: quickdraw: For those of you too lazy to click on the link somebody in some country you never heard of tried to give Obama a mask that Obama wasn't allowed to accept.

/you're welcome

I believe you meant "wasn't allowed to NOT accept".


An outrage either way.
 
2013-05-21 12:32:11 PM
Funky Gabon.
 
2013-05-21 12:42:01 PM
www.landofozhireservice.com.au
 
2013-05-21 12:45:12 PM

quickdraw: For those of you too lazy to click on the link somebody in some country you never heard of tried to give Obama a mask that Obama wasn't allowed to accept.

/you're welcome


you got all that from reading the article?
wow.
It explains your name "quickdraw".
 
2013-05-21 12:45:24 PM

quickdraw: For those of you too lazy to click on the link somebody in some country you never heard of tried to give Obama a mask that Obama wasn't allowed to accept.

/you're welcome


fail right out of the gate.
assets.nationaljournal.com
 
2013-05-21 12:48:46 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-21 12:52:00 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com

Sweet.
 
2013-05-21 12:52:31 PM

Car_Ramrod:
Can't find a picture of the mask. I bet it's actually pretty dope.


'salright, I guess.

www.table-et-prestige.com
Only €29,400
 
2013-05-21 12:53:28 PM
Many years ago i was working for the National Archives & Records Admin. here in southern CA. we had a section called the "Reagan Vault", by the time i arrived there it was emptied (sucks) but this was an impressive facility & must have held some impressive treasures.

/CSB
 
2013-05-21 12:58:38 PM
They know hats, in Burundi.

images3.cinema.de
 
2013-05-21 12:59:10 PM

Dansker: Car_Ramrod:
Can't find a picture of the mask. I bet it's actually pretty dope.

'salright, I guess.

[www.table-et-prestige.com image 325x684]
Only €29,400


THANK YOU! Now that is a mask. I don't know what that other thing is. Meh, it's not as awesome as I thought it would be, but it's still pretty cool. I'd keep it.
 
2013-05-21 01:21:25 PM
Was it Majora?
 
2013-05-21 01:25:25 PM
This is an outrage?
 
2013-05-21 01:27:12 PM

give me doughnuts: They know hats, in Burundi.

[images3.cinema.de image 800x527]


I'd take a bullet for you.
 
2013-05-21 01:36:21 PM
it's a very large mask you seee

i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-21 01:36:45 PM

tjfly: quickdraw: For those of you too lazy to click on the link somebody in some country you never heard of tried to give Obama a mask that Obama wasn't allowed to accept.

/you're welcome

fail right out of the gate.
[assets.nationaljournal.com image 625x338]


The Honorable 14" blue mask sculpture by Daum, His Excellency Non acceptance?
 
2013-05-21 01:45:22 PM
0bummer is just funneling money from his secret African bank accounts, because he's black so he doesn't have Swiss bank accounts and you're the real racist if you call me a racist for saying this libs
 
2013-05-21 01:45:29 PM

sweetmelissa31: I came out of my hibernation to post this link, and everyone has ignored that the president of Ghana's name is Ali Bongo Ondimba.


Exiled with us Liters, eh?
 
2013-05-21 01:55:33 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: Obama was also encouraged to take one of the King's concubines for the night. Refusal would lead to embarrassment for the US and for Gabon.


She has since been Bronzed and stored in the national archives, forever in the position of the "six legged Baboon walk."
 
2013-05-21 01:58:00 PM

Pocket Ninja: quickdraw: For those of you too lazy to click on the link somebody in some country you never heard of tried to give Obama a mask that Obama wasn't allowed to accept.

Except that the somebody (the king) didn't *try* to give Obama the mask, he gave him the mask. And Obama *did* accept it, but not for himself. He accepted it on behalf of the country and it's in the National Archives, not sitting on his dresser.

I won't get into the symbolism behind the President of the United States, a man mired in scandal who cloaks himself in secrecy and won't even truly put to rest long-standing questions about the nature of his birth, accepting a "mask" on behalf of his nation, though. That's a discussion for another time.


Wow! ...take a pill dude.
 
2013-05-21 01:59:57 PM

555-FILK: Pocket Ninja: quickdraw: For those of you too lazy to click on the link somebody in some country you never heard of tried to give Obama a mask that Obama wasn't allowed to accept.

Except that the somebody (the king) didn't *try* to give Obama the mask, he gave him the mask. And Obama *did* accept it, but not for himself. He accepted it on behalf of the country and it's in the National Archives, not sitting on his dresser.

I won't get into the symbolism behind the President of the United States, a man mired in scandal who cloaks himself in secrecy and won't even truly put to rest long-standing questions about the nature of his birth, accepting a "mask" on behalf of his nation, though. That's a discussion for another time.

Wow! ...take a pill dude.


You're not new here.
 
2013-05-21 02:03:11 PM
www.laits.utexas.edu


I'd give this one.
 
2013-05-21 02:12:37 PM
I wonder what we gave back.  Sometimes head of states will give each other gifts which are really just trades between national art galleries with some extra pomp and circumstance tossed on.  Maybe the President to Gabon left with some Ansel Adams originals or something.
 
2013-05-21 02:46:31 PM
I really don't think it was appropriate.

www.timeoutchicago.com
 
2013-05-21 02:49:04 PM
s3.amazonaws.com


Obama plans to wipe off conservatives by crashing the moon into the South.

over9000zubats.com
 
2013-05-21 02:55:44 PM

tripleseven: Pocket Ninja: quickdraw: For those of you too lazy to click on the link somebody in some country you never heard of tried to give Obama a mask that Obama wasn't allowed to accept.

Except that the somebody (the king) didn't *try* to give Obama the mask, he gave him the mask. And Obama *did* accept it, but not for himself. He accepted it on behalf of the country and it's in the National Archives, not sitting on his dresser.

I won't get into the symbolism behind the President of the United States, a man mired in scandal who cloaks himself in secrecy and won't even truly put to rest long-standing questions about the nature of his birth, accepting a "mask" on behalf of his nation, though. That's a discussion for another time.

It's to cover the shapeshifters faces.


5/10  needed a little more conspiracy.


I think a Benghazi angle would be outstanding
 
2013-05-21 03:58:17 PM
wiw.org

Make sure it's not cursed.

It's a state gift, and it looks like the honchos over in Gabon understand that state gifts to American presidents go into public archives. It'll make a good exhibit in the Obama library in Chicago some day. Until then put it somewhere that can promote trade with Gabon, they could use it.

That being said, Obama's gift giving ability has sucked hard in the past, generally crap from the White House gift shop. Do a little research, if gifts can be kept make them personal, if gifts can't be kept make them exemplary of your country's fine artisanal craftsmanship. Unfortunately for us that comes down to beer and firearms.
 
2013-05-21 04:54:05 PM

wildcardjack: [wiw.org image 183x238]

Make sure it's not cursed.

It's a state gift, and it looks like the honchos over in Gabon understand that state gifts to American presidents go into public archives. It'll make a good exhibit in the Obama library in Chicago some day. Until then put it somewhere that can promote trade with Gabon, they could use it.

That being said, Obama's gift giving ability has sucked hard in the past, generally crap from the White House gift shop. Do a little research, if gifts can be kept make them personal, if gifts can't be kept make them exemplary of your country's fine artisanal craftsmanship. Unfortunately for us that comes down to beer and firearms.


Oh I don't know.  I think we are the world's finest producer of artisanal faux outrage and butt-hurt.
 
2013-05-21 06:26:45 PM

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Car_Ramrod: quickdraw: For those of you too lazy to click on the link somebody in some country you never heard of tried to give Obama a mask that Obama wasn't allowed to accept.

/you're welcome

Wait, what? He wasn't allowed to accept? Where'd you get that? I thought the opposite was true: he had to accept it for diplomatic reasons.

Can't find a picture of the mask. I bet it's actually pretty dope.

There's a link to it in the article.


There's a link to a similar piece from the same glass studio, but not this one.

I was surprised to see the value was from it actually being really valuable, as opposed to historical value. I was expecting some Gabonese relic.
 
2013-05-21 09:47:49 PM
WHO THE HELL CARES?
 
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