$14,000 shotgun, $2,700 bike as
A $14,153 shotgun with accessories, a $2,700
bike and thousands of dollars worth of fishing gear topped the list of
gifts received by President Bush last year.
While the president's gift list had a distinctly outdoorsy theme, Vice
President Dick Cheney received more artsy presents such as paintings and a
statue, according to annual financial disclosure documents released on
Cheney gave Bush a $595 desk clock for Christmas that is currently
telling time in the Oval Office. Bush gave the vice president a $425 floor
In 2004, Bush received gifts that totaled $26,346, many from friends in
his home state of Texas, and about four times the $5,934 value of gifts
given to Cheney.
The most expensive single gift Bush received was the shotgun with
"accessory tools" from Roy Weatherby Jr. of California.
Don Evans, the president's close friend and former commerce secretary,
gave him a fishing rod, shirt,
three caps and fishing bait valued at $208; a hardcover book "Longhorn"
worth $240; and a $149 sweater.
Bush received a total of five fishing rods, with the most expensive
priced at $900 with travel case.
Bush, an avid biker, received a $2,700 mountain bicycle that he uses in
the Washington area, and helmets, gloves and other equipment worth $532
from John Burke of Wisconsin.
Classical pianist Van Cliburn from Texas gave Bush $650 gold cuff links.
And for his cowboy wardrobe, Bush received a brown pair of $295 cowboy
boots from Rocky Carroll of Houston, Texas, and a $400 cowboy hat from
Mickey Foster of Austin, Texas.
Cheney received a $1,600 painting, a $700 replica of a statue outside of
Cabella's store in Minnesota, and an $800 framed landscape painting.
He also received a $490 sterling
silver engraved bowl, a $350 silver apple made by Fornari
and Fornari, as well as a $120 Namiki Vanishing Point Black Carbonesque
Family friend Donald Vinson of Wyoming gave Cheney 12 bottles of
assorted wines valued at $699.
The president and vice president are required to report gifts from U.S.
citizens that cost more than $285. They are not allowed to accept personal
gifts from foreigners or foreign governments.
The majority of gifts are not accepted for their personal use, but
rather on behalf of the United States and sent to the National Archives.