"With no sign of economic recovery on the horizon ..."
Things are tough all over. If it’s not foreign visitors at Yellowstone National Park believing they’re under arrest due to overzealous park rangers enforcing a supposed government shutdown, it’s the taxpayers of Colorado ponying-up for the Mile High City to create an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission to welcome any potential “extraterrestrial intelligent beings or their vehicles” to their fair city. But a sure sign of the economic downturn is the news that the White House Gift Shop is now broke, as reported by the Washington Times on Oct. 10, 2013.
Founded in the 1940s to help raised money for The Secret Service Uniformed Division Benefit Fund, and ever since acting as the official gift shop for the White House, the retail shop has found itself weighed down with $600,000 in liabilities.
Operating independently from the federal government, with no sign of economic recovery on the horizon, the purveyor of low cost trinkets and souvenirs has decided to nail the front door shut for good.
The White House Gift Shop made headlines in 2009 when British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the British people presented to Barack Obama the gifts of a pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet; the framed commission of the famed British Arctic exploration ship, the HMS Resolute; and a seven-volume biography of one of the United Kingdom’s greatest leaders, Sir Winston Churchill.
Obama reciprocated with a hastily gathered gift basket consisting of 25 DVDs and two toy models of Marine One.
To add insult to injury, the White House Gift Shop DVDs are incompatible with British DVD players.