April 2nd, 2009
09:38 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama gives Queen an iPod

(CNN) - What's the proper gift to present Queen Elizabeth II with at Buckingham Palace?

A video iPod, apparently.

According to a White House aide, President Obama Tuesday night presented the Queen with the popular Apple device - reportedly complete with songs and video footage of the her 2007 trip to the United States.

UPDATE: The White House revealed the songs on the iPod were all from the two-disc CD, 'Ultimate Broadway.' (Full song list after the jump)

The gift will be at least the Queen's second iPod: in 2006 she purchased an iPod mini.

Obama also gave the Queen a rare musical songbook by Richard Rodgers.

As for the Queen, she reportedly gave the Obamas a signed photograph of her and her husband, Prince Phillip, in a sliver frame, her standard gift to foreign dignitaries.

Full iPod song list after the jump

1
Oklahoma! / Alfred Drake 2:32

2
If I Loved You / Jan Clayton From Carousel 4:23

3
You'll Never Walk Alone / Jan Clayton From Carousel 2:42

4
There's No Business Like Show Business / Ethel Merman From Annie Get Your Gun 3:11

5
Once in Love with Amy (Where's Charley?) / Ray Bolger 4:23

6
Some Enchanted Evening / Ezio Pinza South Pacific 3:03

7
Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend / Carol Channing Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 2:59

8
Getting to Know You / Gertrude Lawrence From The King and I 3:30

9
Shall We Dance? / Gertrude Lawrence From The King and I 2:53

10
I Could Have Danced All Night / Julie Andrews From My Fair Lady 3:30

11
I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face / Rex Harrison From My Fair Lady 5:17

12
The Party's Over (Bells Are Ringing) / Judy Holliday 3:15

13
Maria / Larry Kert From West Side Story 2:39

14
Tonight / Larry Kert From West Side Story 3:55

15
Seventy Six Trombones / Robert Preston 3:02

16
Everything's Coming up Roses / Ethel Merman From Gypsy 3:08

17
The Sound of Music / Mary Martin 2:47

18
Try to Remember / Jerry Orbach The Fantasticks 2:48

19
Camelot / Richard Burton 2:31

20
If Ever I Would Leave You / Robert Goulet From Camelot 3:13

21
Hello, Dolly! / Carol Channing 5:42

22
If I Were a Rich Man / Zero Mostel From Fiddler on the Roof 4:57

Disc 2

1
People / Barbra Streisand From Funny Girl 3:28

2
On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever) / John Cullum 2:51

3
The Impossible Dream / Richard Kiley From Man of La Mancha 2:24

4
Mame / Charles Braswell 6:17

5
Cabaret / Liza Minnelli 3:35

6
Aquarius / Ronald Dyson Hair 2:55

7
Send in the Clowns / Judy Collins From A Little Night Music 4:05

8
All That Jazz / Chita Rivera From Chicago 3:14

9
One From A Chorus Line 4:47

10
Tomorrow / Andrea McArdle From Annie 2:08

11
Don't Cry for Me Argentina / Patti LuPone From Evita 4:38

12
And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going / Jennifer Holliday Dreamgirls 4:08

13
Memory / Elaine Paige From Cats 4:13

14
The Best of Times / George Hearn La Cage Aux Folles 5:34

15
I Dreamed a Dream / Aretha Franklin Les Misérables 4:23

16
The Music of the Night / Michael Crawford From The Phantom of the Opera 5:50

17
As If We Never Said Goodbye / Elaine Paige Sunset Blvd. 5:24

18
Seasons of Love Rent 2:52


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soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. LOL

    Very interesting–I love it. It's unique, it's American, and it's fun.

    Kudos to Barack

    April 1, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. cool onlooker

    Bravo! What a decent and approriate gift! This is sooo Obama. Not just the gadget itself, but also the content in it.

    I applaud this great idea.

    April 1, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Brian Crooks

    So not only did he give her an iPod, but it was an upgrade to the one she already has AND it came pre-loaded with special content just for her? That was awfully thoughtful :)

    April 1, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. Frank Rizzo

    I wonder if he loaded it with the movies he gave Gordon Brown?

    April 1, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. The Last Patriot

    Gaffetastic! The Queen is an old woman of a different era, she doesn't want these gadgets...

    April 1, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Q

    Hahaha...almost as good as a basket full of DVDs or a couple of plastic helicopters. So thoughtful...

    April 1, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. In Houston, TX

    this gift is infinitely better than the last gift the Obamas gave to some dignataries

    April 1, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Baruch Abramowitz

    Do you think the queen might have reciprocated by giving Barack a lovely sculpture of Winston Churchill?

    April 1, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Danny E. Gonzalez

    that was very thoughtful (about the 2007 footage); I'm just proud that President Obama is representing the U.S. this is a great signal to the world... I do hope the rethoric continues to be positive around the problems we face; president Obama is doing very well so far in striking the right tone... we'll see where we go from here.

    April 1, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Shari, NY

    That's cute! Now, if it has some footage of the Kentucky Derby she attended a while back, that would make HRH grin like a Cheshire cat.

    April 1, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Cathy

    An appropriate GIFT...

    imes have changed people. This is the techy Prez...Let he majesty move with the times...

    Good for you Mr Prez...

    I hope it was made in America...

    April 1, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Supporter of Morals

    Wow an I-Pod-great Historical gift-sure this one will go down in the History books.

    April 1, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Alisha, MN

    Thank God! A 21st Century gift!

    April 1, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Gene

    A very considerate gift.. with sentimental material already in it. A signed picture of yourself.. not that great of a gift, though I'm sure Obama appreciated it :)

    April 1, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. Cody C.

    Man you can tell when things are getting tough when the President of the United States gives an iPod as a gift and when the Queen of England starts giving out photos of herself. What happened to the days when foreign countries gave huge metal statues as gifts?

    April 1, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. Tracy, Chicago, IL

    This is kind of hilarious, President Obama gives the Queen an Ipod with videos of HER on it and she gave him an autographed picture of HERself

    April 1, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Tina

    An iPod for the Queen?

    The level of vulgarity of these people is nothing short of astonishing.

    First DVDs, now this.

    April 1, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. Mel

    Oh man, what a great idea. lol. Especially since she already has a mini so obviously she likes them. And to include the photos and video, thats excellent. And I bet she loved the songbook.

    Never before have I ever seen a President willing to give technological gifts.

    April 1, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. cabinessence

    What?! An iPod? This is sooooooo like Obama. If Bush would have done this, he would have been impeached.

    April 1, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. Panicked Senior Citizen in $$$ Game Show Giveaway

    Mr. Obama is like a little kid in a candy store giving away all of OUR money we earned while he was borrowing college money for 20+ years of free educational frills. Wonder if he ever paid any LOANS????? Write offs, I guess like he's doing now with the money that's leaving our retirement futures.

    April 1, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Martin, Chicago

    Great choices, and very apropriate. When Prince Phillip was courting the Queen, one of their favorite songs was "People Will Say We're in Love," from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!".

    April 1, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. Seriously?

    Are you friggin' kidding me? Is this guy a president or a music industry promoter?

    April 1, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Dee

    Their gifts are so reflective of their non arrogant attitude...something we have all come to admire so much. They are 'real' people & have no need to have airs about them.
    You Americans can be so proud that you have a President & First Lady who are so well respected and loved abroad...

    April 1, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The President is keeping the Queen up to date with the latest technology.

    April 1, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Matt

    Perhaps it was an April fools joke. Pres. Obama doesn't seem to have a handle on the gift giving portion of his foreign policy. At least she can re-gift it.

    April 1, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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