Obama Gives Queen Elizabeth II an iPod

The Queen Gives Obama a silver-framed photograph of herself and Prince Philip.

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Call him a digital man in an analog world.

During a private meeting today with Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama exchanged gifts. According to the BBC, Obama gave the Queen an iPod, containing footage of her state visit to the United States in May 2007. In return, the Queen gave the president a silver-framed photograph of herself and her husband. It's the official picture she gives all visiting dignitaries.

President Obama's 21st-century gift is a reinforcement of his love for technology; he did launch the most tech-savvy presidential campaign in history and admits he has a BlackBerry addiction. On the President's first day in the White House, members of his administration grappled with outdated technology, such as old computer software and a shortage of laptops. More recently, The White House's Web site made itself available for Internet-submitted questions for Obama's online town hall meeting--a virtual fireside chat.

Tonight the Queen will host a reception in honor of Mr. Obama and other world leaders. Obama is in London to take part of the G20 summit to discuss the global economy.

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