The Washington Times - April 1, 2009, 02:46PM

President Obama gave Queen Elizabeth II an iPod with preloaded songs Wednesday during his visit to Buckingham Palace.

No word on what the songs were or on whether the president put Jay-Z on there. Obama also gave the queen a rare signature book signed by American composer Richard Rodgers, a White House aide told a pool reporter.

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This gift will undoubtedly become fodder for endless cable TV talk and media regurgitation, not to mention water-cooler conversation. I doubt it will be received neutrally. People will either say it’s super lame, following on Obama’s gift of DVDs to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, or they’ll say it’s a gutsy move symbolizing the arrival of a new kind of politician, hipper, younger and more digital.

— Jon Ward, White House reporter, The Washington Times

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