Gordon Brown Gets 25 Region 1 DVDs from Obama, Cheaper in UK
Gordon Brown recently visited the White House. During his time there, he received little in the way of VIP treatment, despite giving some rather lavish gifts to Obama and his family. As you may have read about recently, these gifts include:
- an ornamental desk pen holder made from the oak timbers of Victorian anti-slavery Naval vessel HMS Gannet;
- a framed commission for HMS Resolute
- a first edition set of the seven-volume classic biography of Churchill by Sir Martin Gilbert;
- Top Shop clothing for each of the Obama children;
- and Six childrens' books by British authors.
What did Brown get in return?
That's right, 25 DVDs (hey, at least Obama included The Wizard of Oz).
It's been a couple of weeks now since Brown has returned to the UK, but it appears that he ain't 'singing in the rain'. Just the other day, Brown discovered that the DVDs were REGION 1, therefore the only words appearing on his screen were 'WRONG REGION'.
So what's with the region 1 DVD classics, besides highly resonant of the ill fitting bomber jacket that former President Bush gave Brown? ? The Times suggests that they may have been last minute purchases, but we wonder: could this be indicative that the US administration's financial budget is truly tightening these days?
Just for kicks, we also tallied up the total approximate price Team Obama likely spent on Amazon getting Brown these 25 classics. The total? $472 (or £325). This figure, by the way, assumes that Obama was kind enough to get Brown the special editions. We should point out that Brown's children also received two models of the US Presidential helicopter, Marine One. That only brings the total up to £355 or so, seeing that they are identical to the ones available on Amazon for $15 each.
So with that amount of consumer goods sitting around, here's a few ways for PM Brown to proceed:
(1) Buy a new DVD player at tax payers' expense. Probably not the smartest move.
(2) Have #10 and MI5 hack his DVD player to become region free. Just in case they have any trouble, here's a free guide to unlocking DVD players.
(3) Sell the DVD collection on eBay or Play.com. After all, 24 of them are still brand new and unopened. Penny saved, penny earned.
Finally, Team Obama should have probably done their research on HUKD first. The same 25 titles in region 2 DVDs from Play came to just a measely £250.80, meaning that if the US administration did their math, they could have shaved off a further 75 quid. It is the recession, after all.