Republican Lawmakers Give Obama, Biden Inauguration Gifts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Congressional leaders have given President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden gifts, including flags that flew over the Capitol, to celebrate their inauguration.

U.S. President Barack Obama recites his oath of office as first lady Michelle Obama looks on during swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional leaders have given President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden gifts, including flags that flew over the Capitol, to celebrate their inauguration.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio presented the flags and said he hoped the inauguration would inspire more unity among lawmakers in Obama's second term.

GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee presented photos of the inaugural event to the pair. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia presented vases etched with images of the White House.

The gifts came at the conclusion of a luncheon with the Obamas and Bidens at the Capitol.


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