April 2nd, 2009
09:38 AM ET
9 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

Oklahoma! / Alfred Drake 2:32

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

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

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

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

Some Enchanted Evening / Ezio Pinza South Pacific 3:03

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maria / Larry Kert From West Side Story 2:39

Tonight / Larry Kert From West Side Story 3:55

Seventy Six Trombones / Robert Preston 3:02

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

The Sound of Music / Mary Martin 2:47

Try to Remember / Jerry Orbach The Fantasticks 2:48

Camelot / Richard Burton 2:31

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

Hello, Dolly! / Carol Channing 5:42

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

Disc 2

People / Barbra Streisand From Funny Girl 3:28

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

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

Mame / Charles Braswell 6:17

Cabaret / Liza Minnelli 3:35

Aquarius / Ronald Dyson Hair 2:55

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

All That Jazz / Chita Rivera From Chicago 3:14

One From A Chorus Line 4:47

Tomorrow / Andrea McArdle From Annie 2:08

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

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

Memory / Elaine Paige From Cats 4:13

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

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

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

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

Seasons of Love Rent 2:52

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soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. Jason

    Obama gives the queen an Ipod with pictures of her... she gives him a... picture of her... That's funny!

    April 1, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Jay in Vegas

    Do any of you neocons read? THE QUEEN HAD AN IPOD AND HE GAVE HER A NEWER VERSION. As far as the different outlet types in England, rest easy knowing that there are smarter people than you in the White House and they are aware of the differences.

    April 1, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Wood

    The reason Nova's so confused is because he/she has never actually seen an ipod.

    April 1, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. amy

    An ipod....is this similar to a boom box? WOW That's laughable. How about a book like "LIBERTY & TYRANNY"?

    April 1, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Dummy Patrol

    WOW. We have some serious morons on this post. It's laughable. Do any of you people realize the Queen loves the IPOD? She already has an older version. Plus, these gifts are very much thought about well in advance to be considered appropriate. Think before you speak utter nonsense. The Queeen is down to earth like the rest of us.

    April 1, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Matt of Boston

    Obama should have given her something "manufactured" in the United States by the Democratice Party - say, some worthless reverse swap guarantee derivative securities secured by Toxic and worthless Fannie Mae mortgages, courtesy of barney Frank and Senator Dodd.

    April 1, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Jason

    "I'm sure George Bush didn't pack his silver framed Royal Family picture when he left for Texas."

    He probably had it melted down and a belt-buckle made out of it...

    April 1, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Island girl

    Oh please, this is a new era! Who wants more crummy art to park in a room and gather dust? The queen is more hip than you think – remember she already has one but the one Obama gave her is probably more tech savvy. As to her hubby, when he goes to the islands he asks for local beer. LOL!!!!

    April 1, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. linda

    ALL THESE HATERS JUST NEEDS TO SHUT UP AND TRY AND GET THERE REPUBLICAN PARTY TOGETHER IN STEAD OF HATEING ON Our President,any little thing he does you have something negative to say-but cha know what? it doesn't matter to us,we support him in all he does we know he is not perfect-but anyone is better than Bush who left him in this mess of a economy and all his congressman,so who is the blame? "OH WELL YOU KNOW"

    April 1, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. livedinUK

    As an American having spent 20 yrs in the UK, I believe the iPod is an appropriate gift and will be loved by the Queen. She is a famously pragmatic and practical woman (watch the film The Queen). She'll find the video iPod unusual and useful. She's got a million ornaments and useless knicknacks already – perfectly appropriate and representative of Obama's tastes and values as well as the national mood. Who the heck wants to spend tax payers money on unnecessary ceremony these days?

    April 1, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. tracy

    I like the pres, anf the1st lady I think they are doing a great job with what they inharited. I want to say if the $$ given out had been given to the WORKING sally the server or
    Joe the plumber we would have been able to get the economy going. If I had just 1 mill I would have payed my bills (cant do that ),Gone on vaca (Havent done that in years) maybe bought a new house or fixed mine. I would not be sitting on my hands (as the banks are) I would and people like me, Sally the server,would have spent money and kept things going.Now I cant pay my house payment regular bills or my credit card billsAND NO ONE CARES WE ARE THE PEOPLE YOU RICH PEOPLE NEED. WHEN R U REALLY GOING TO DO SOMETHING 4 ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Tonya

    Sam if you Do, Sam if you don't , you people would complain about anything the queen already had an ipod but he gave her a new one, answer this question if you could give GOD any gift in the world what would it be, remember the Queen has just about everything, if P.O would have brought her a 2013 Lexus with the bucket seat 32 inch rims and a chromed out grille, I can hear the Republicans screaming!!!!!!!


    April 1, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. bj, Texas

    If the ipod doesn't work is the Teleprompter in Chief going to fire the CEO of Apple? You libs are a little slow and will have to think very hard about this one. Don't strain yourselves too much.

    April 1, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. cm

    Please people give it a rest; of course is a proper gift.

    April 1, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. Wingnut Echo Chamber strikes again!

    The President gave the Queen two gifts: an IPOD loaded with images and music of her 2007 visit to the United States and A RARE SONGBOOK SIGNED BY RICHARD RODGERS OF RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN.

    Are you rightwing rubes illiterate? Can you read?

    April 1, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. layo24

    If the president had gotten her something a little bit more traditional, some people would complain about spending tax dollars money to do so.
    Anyway he swings, some people will never be satisfied.

    Here's to all naysayers and all who just dislike him (without knowing a shred about him).
    He's the president of the United States, he's here for four years- put on your grown up panties and deal with it.

    I've never heard so much whining in my life!

    April 1, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Rick

    Can Obama just stop pretending and start flying the Hammer & Cycle flag over the White House?

    April 1, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. amy

    DVDs, Ipod, Reset buttons.....what up w/ these Democrats? I'm not a diplomat, but I am a thinker and I sure wouldn't give them these gifts. TOO FUNNY:) Sounds like comedy material to me.

    April 1, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. Wingnut Echo Chamber strikes again!

    Teleprompters, IPODs loaded with the Queen's trip, is that all you got wingers? Paul Ryan's budget must be a bust!


    April 1, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Seth

    In a strange coincidence, the Ipod apparently had a few of Reverend Wright's sermons on it, the Prez was watching them on the flight over!

    April 1, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. amy

    Good one. Maybe he should have given her one of his 12 Teleprompters he had on Airforce-1. LOL. Too Funny, GUYS.

    April 1, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. yasmine

    the queen's Buckingham Palace spokeman said she LOVED the gift...
    it was more than just a simple ipod.. it was personalized with a signed song book by a famous broadway songwriter...and it was personally autograph...

    stop hating folks.......................hundreds of folks were outside waiting to see the Obamas.. eventhough other leaders came to the function..

    stop hating folks

    April 1, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. Seth


    The whining about Obama has more substance AND there is less of it than there was about Bush. You have a short memory if you think Bush wasn't ridiculed for breathing!

    Obama gave GORDON BROWN NTSC region DVD's of American movies! Sounds like something you win at an office party!

    April 1, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. tedious898

    Pinhead GOP haters – dittohead types....GO LAY DOWN! It uses up to much of the little intellect you have to desparage our President (yours too whether you like it or not). For once try this:

    1) Being patriotic – meaning quite criticizing your President for everything he does
    2) Close your mouth so that people don't see how really dumb you are. Its much better than constantly blathering your complaints and leaving no doubt as to your intellectual deficiences.

    This President has a very tough job trying to show that America is not full of morons. But rather filled with mostly intelligent / pragmatic / well-educated citizens. If this is not you, listen more and try to learn

    April 1, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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