To celebrate a new decree that requires all presidential gifts to be handed over to the state, we’ve prepared a quiz about the gifts that Argentine Presidents have received in the past.
Who gave who? When and how? When is a gift not a gift? When is it — dare I say it — a bribe?
Who accepted a Ferrari Testarossa from an Italian businessman and then drove it to the seaside town of Pinamar at record speed?
- Carlos Menem
- Hipólito Irigoyen
- Nestor Kirchner
- Isabel Perón
Carlos Menem. When criticised for this, he responded with the famous phrase: “it’s mine, MINE, MINE!”
At what speed did they drive the Ferrari to Pinamar?
- 100km p/h
- 200km p/h
- 150km p/h
- 50km p/h
Ethical or unethical?
Correct, highly unethical and probably a bribe.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez gave what to Nestor and Cristina?
- A white dog named Simón and a replica Simón Bolivar sword
- A matching poncho and mate set
- Wax bust of Obama’s head and small vial of sulphur
- A lock of Lenin’s hair in a silver necklace
Simón and replica sword.
This raises an interesting question – given all presidential gifts must now be declared and handed over to the state, does Cristina need to give Simón to the Argentine people?
Which of the following gifts has Mauricio Macri not received?
- A wind chime or “angel catcher,” as it’s referred to in Spanish
- An onyx turtle
- A bag of cuddly toys
- An exquisite handmade sponge hat
- All of the above
All of the above, as well as a lot of religious statues and footballs.
How many gifts as Macri received since coming into office in December of 2015?
CFK received what from Bolivian President, Evo Morales?
- A homunculus
- A human soul
- An orthopaedic heel
Jewels. They will never perish or die.
Fernando de la Rúa, famous for fleeing the Casa Rosada in a helicopter during the 2001 crisis, received what gift from a Spanish company with commercial interests in Argentina?
- A rocking chair
- Antique Chinese vases
- Exclusive backstage tickets to see U2 in concert
Antique Chinese vases.
Receiving a complimentary flight to coastal town Nemochea – as former Vice President Amado Boudou did – is an example of unethical gift-giving that may inappropriately influence decision making
- Strongly agree
- Passionately agree
- Agree so strongly that no modifying adverb can express the level to which I agree
What did CFK gift to Pope Francis?
- A framed photograph of the two of them (150 cm x 200cm)
- The Holy Chalice
- Mate and thermos
- Peron’s hands
Mate and thermos to heat up their frosty relationship.
Not quite as controversial as the gift Morales gave to Francis – a divine hand-carved hammer and sickle crucifix…
Mexican businessman, Carlos Slim, briefly the richest man in the world, gave which technological device to CFK during her term as president?
- An iPhone
- A Macbook computer
- Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset
Macbook computer. Funny, because during her term CFK put a 50% tax on foreign electronics, basically in an attempt to block apple products from entering the country.