Check out what Condi won just for participating:
... Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice raked in at least $316,000 in gem-encrusted baubles from the kings of Jordan and Saudi Arabia alone, making her one of top recipients among U.S. officials of gifts from foreign heads of state and government and their aides in 2007.
In January, Jordan's King Abdullah II gave Rice an emerald and diamond necklace, ring, bracelet and earrings estimated to be worth $147,000, according to the State Department's annual inventory of such items released Monday just in time for Christmas.
The king and his wife, Queen Rania, also gave Rice a less expensive necklace and earrings along with a jewelry box valued at $4,630, the document shows.
Not to be outdone, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia presented Rice with a ruby and diamond necklace with matching earrings, bracelet and ring worth $165,000 in July. The inventory also includes a $170,000 flower petal motif necklace the Saudi monarch gave to Rice in 2005, which the department says was not previously disclosed.
Kaching! And how did her boss do? Not nearly as well:
From the same Arab leaders, Bush received just over $100,000 in gifts in 2007, the list shows.
Awww. I heard something about somebody trying to give him some ugly shoes recently, but he didn't accept them. Well, don't feel bad, because they don't get to keep any of it, anyway:
Unfortunately for the Bushes, Rice and other recipients, they won't be able to enjoy the gifts as they have been turned over to the General Services Administration and government archives in accordance with federal law, which bars officials from accepting personal presents in almost all circumstances.
Oh, that just totally sucks. Just like me, George 'n' Condi can't accept gifts valued at more than $50 (intrinsic value, I believe) from clients*, which means nothing you can't afford yourself. So it all goes to the GSA, otherwise known as the gift-vacuum.
Don't the Arabs know this? I mean, couldn't they have waited until February to shower Dr. Ferragamo with fabulous parting gifts? TSK.
*The best gifts we've ever gotten in my office? Chocolate. Always, always welcome. And we're not above soliciting it from particularly needy clients.