(Last Updated On: July 30, 2015)
When President Barack Obama was here in Kenya he was given various gifts by President Uhuru Kenyatta who was his host. He got two portraits done by the talented pencil artist Collins Okello plus a sculpture of an elephant. All these items are said to be worth $3000 together.
Obama could not take these things with him not because he didn’t like them but because the American laws do not allow him to do so. Any gift to an American president has to be cleared by the department in charge of gifts to the head of state and other state officers.
American presidents can receive gifts from citizens and family members however the value of the gifts is limited. Mama Sarah Obama did give her own gift of a three legged stool and US officials consider this as appropriate.