Another Gift Debacle

What Obama campaign contributor is running the White House protocol office, how much did he or she raise, and to what extent does Obama place that loyalty over competence?

Barack Obama’s gift for the Queen: an iPod, your Majesty :: Toby Harnden
Barack Obama met the Queen at Buckingham Palace today and gave her a gift of an iPod loaded with video footage and photographs of her 2007 United States visit to Richmond, Jamestown and Williamsburg in Virginia. In return, the Queen gave the President a silver framed signed photograph of herself and the Duke of Edinburgh – apparently a standard present for visiting dignitaries.

It is believed the Queen already has an iPod, a 6GB silver Mini version she is said to have bought in 2005 at the suggestion of Prince Andrew.

Obama previously gave the British Prime Minister a gift box of DVDs that don’t play great in Great Britain.

U.S.: Senator Stevens is Innocent

Having followed the case, the only thing that surprises me is that Attorney General Holder took the step (which Bush’s A.G. never did) of publicly exposing the prosecutorial ring of corruption.

U.S. Plans to Drop Case Against Former Senator From Alaska – NYTimes.com
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department moved on Wednesday morning to drop all charges against former Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, who narrowly lost his seat last year shortly after being convicted on seven felony counts of ethics violations.

In a stunning development, Justice Department lawyers told a federal court that they had discovered a new instance of prosecutorial misconduct in the case and asked that the convictions be voided. There would be no new trial in the case.

Sen. Stevens was just one of several high-profile Republicans who were prosecuted for purely political reasons during the Bush Presidency.