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美国白宫官员“收礼清单”大曝光

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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.商务英语词汇#E2^H-e!TP8?;vZ

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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.商务英语词汇zY*k?6o+^0b

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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.商务英语词汇0p#b`@8|

,d"gcU4nX0~S0As 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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