PRESENTED BY THE
AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION
As the highest representative of the people and government, the President
accepts gifts on behalf of the United States of America. The phenomenon,
as old as the Presidency itself, grows with each administration: Today a President may
receive 15,000 gifts a year. They come from every state in the nation
and every country in the world. Gifts from foreign leaders continue a rich diplomatic tradition
of exchange between heads of state; those from citizens, both Americans
and others, symbolize an inherently democratic exercise - ordinary people freely addressing, in every
manner and form, the President of the United States.
"Teapot, Gift to President
Franklin Roosevelt from Olav and Märtha, The Crown Prince and Princess
of Norway, 1939, National Archives and Records Administration, Franklin
D. Roosevelt Library."
"Carved Lamp, Gift to
President and Mrs. Kennedy from Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India,
Ivory, Wood, 17 1/2 x 7 7/16 inches. (detail)."