A luxury golf bag, a statue of Abraham Lincoln and an Australian rules football jersey formed part of a treasure trove given to U.S. President Barack Obama in 2011, officials said on Thursday.
The list of presents given to Obama by foreign governments or dignitaries released by the U.S. State Department ranged from the modest to the lavish.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy gave Obama an Hermes golf accessory bag valued at $7,750. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's gifts to Obama included a golf putter as well as a training console.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper tapped into Obama's interest in hoops, giving him a basketball signed by members of the Toronto Raptors team.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's gifts included a specially designed red, white and blue Australian rules shirt with "USA Revolution" on the front.
Other gifts to Obama were more formal, including a 48-inch bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln by the artist Yuan Xikun given by former Chinese President Hu Jintao, valued at $9,800. All federal employees in the U.S. must declare gifts from foreign governments or organisations to the National Archives.AFP