Condoleezza Rice scored $316,000 worth of lavish jewelry from Arab royals last year, the AP reports. Jordan’s King Abdullah treated Rice to an emerald and diamond necklace, ring, bracelet, earrings, and other finery; King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia a ruby and diamond necklace and earrings, bracelet and ring. President Bush received a mere $100,000 worth of gifts from the same leaders.
Bush did get a $150 platypus paperweight from an Australian official, and $450 in exercise equipment from Singapore, a State Department report shows. Laura Bush received an $85,000 sapphire-and-diamond jewelry set from Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah. But none of them can hang onto the treasures: Federal law requires they be kept by government agencies.