LONDON – During President Obama’s first meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, he presented her with a gift: an iPhone filled with tokens of American culture.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle arrived in England late Tuesday evening for their first major overseas trip since he took office. While he is officially there for the G20 Summit this week, Obama arrived a couple days early to meet with both Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Queen Elizabeth II.
During the informal meeting, the Obamas chatted with the Queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. While cameras were there to record the conversation, the public was most anticipating the traditional gift exchange between the leaders. Much to the delight of the Queen, President Obama presented her with a new iPhone, filled with music, TV shows and more!
“I wanted to give Queen Elizabeth a piece of America. While our countries are similar, our pop culture can be quite different,” he later explained at a press conference. Obama sat by her side for the rest of the chat and walked her through the different functions on the iPhone.
For the iTunes section, he picked: T.I. and Rihanna’s “Live Your Life”, Lady GaGa’s “Just Dance”, and the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Zero”. “She seemed like the kind of woman who would appreciate successful female artists.”
For TV series, Obama went with The Office, The Hills and Rock of Love with Bret Michaels. “I wanted to give her a taste of what an everyday American’s life is like.”
To take full advantage of the iPhone, Obama also set up bookmarks for the Queen on the web browser. He included popular websites Digg, CollegeHumor and his own Facebook page. “That way she can friend me and we can chat any time, day or night.”
It was also revealed that the homepage was set to PerezHilton.com. “What better way for the Queen to understand Americans than to know what we are interested in?” When asked if he also read it, he laughed. “It’s part of my morning briefings!”