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The National Archives and Records Administration has an exquisite online exhibit displaying gifts that were given to twelve U.S. presidents by ordinary citizens, famous artists, and heads of state. The "Gifts of State" link highlights the latter. There are more than a few pieces that are simply beautiful, such as the rich, red enamel and gold tea set given to Franklin Roosevelt by the Crown and Crown Princess of Norway. Herbert Hoover was the recipient of a charming metallic model of San Francisco from California Governor James Rolph. The Governor sent it as an invitation to a 1932 Shriners' Convention in the state because of Hoover's strong connection to California. Visitors shouldn't miss the very tattered American flag sent to Jimmy Carter by a citizen in Texas during the hostage crisis, expressing his sympathy for Carter in a letter, writing, "Although I may disagree with you on some major political matters, I will continue to pledge my support to you as President of this great land in all of your efforts to free our people."
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Date of Scout Publication 2010-12-17
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