WASHINGTON — The diplomatic challenges facing President Obama during his overseas trip this week include this one: What gift to give his host in Britain, the queen?
Gift giving, when mishandled, can cause a kerfuffle, as Obama has already discovered. When British Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited the White House in March, the British press panned Obama's presentation of DVDs of Hollywood films as declasse.
It didn't help that the DVDs didn't work in European players.
On Wednesday, Obama stuck with a technology gift in paying a formal visit to Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. But this time he added a more personal touch.
The president, who was accompanied by the first lady, gave Her Majesty an iPod loaded with video and photographs of the queen's 2007 visit to Jamestown, Richmond and Williamsburg, Va.