US President George W. Bush (R) shows a typical, handmade "gaucho" belt given to him by his Uruguayan counterpart Tabare Vazquez March 2007.
In 2006, gift-minded world leaders made sure that US President George W. Bush could listen to all of Mozart while smoking a cigar and reflecting on Gandhi's "Seven Social Sins," according to a US State Department list revealed on December 7th.
An Indian lawmaker, Nirmal Deshpande, gave the US president perhaps the least expensive present of his time in office: The yellow linen scroll with Gandhi's warnings, with an estimated worth of seven dollars-or one per sin.
At the other end of the spectrum, Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra gave Bush an 11,000-dollar Cartier Santos Dumont watch in April 2006. The Thai military toppled Thaksin's government in September 2006.
The Saudi king Abdullah gave Cheney the most expensive present on the list, which is required to make public under US law -- a 55,000-dollar, 18-karat white gold, ruby and diamond jewelry set.
As is common practice, Bush did not keep most of the gifts -- except for Gandhi's autobiography and a book about him, both from Nirmal Deshpande -- but passed most along to the US National Archives or other US government offices.
Bush received athletic equipment from several leaders, including a leather horse saddle from Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and black leather Huszar riding boots from Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany.
Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt gave Bush, an avid bicyclist, two gray and navy blue cycling jerseys and tights, embossed with the president's name.
Junichiro Koizumi, the former Japanese prime minister numbered among Bush's closest friends on the world scene, gave the president an electric-power assisted bicycle, as well as a collection of Elvis Presley works.
In a more classical vein, Austrian President Heinz Fischer gave his US counterpart the "Mozart Complete Edition" -- a massive set valued at 1,276 dollars.