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Dutch Prime Minister hands shirt to President Obama

...The White House in Washington...
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WASHINGTON, DC (USA) - On Tuesday, November 29, during an official visit to the White House in Washington, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte handed American President Barack Obama a personalized shirt of the Dutch Baseball Team that won the world title last month.

It was the first visit to the White House of Prime Minister Rutte, who took office on October 14, 2010. Before traveling to the USA, the Prime Minister approached the Dutch Association an requested to bring a shirt to Washington.

An orange shirt of the Dutch baseball-team, donned with the name of President Obama and number 44 (referring to him being the 44th President of the USA), was then given to Rutte, who gave it to the American President during his visit on Tuesday-afternoon in the Oval Office of the White House. Obama became the first African-American President when he took the oath on January 20, 2009.

After handing the gift, the two political leaders spoke with each other about ongoing world affairs. Prime Minister Rutte was accompanied to Washington by Dutch Secretary of State Uri Rosenthal.

Tjerk Smeets, Team Manager and Bullpen Coach of the Dutch Baseball Team: ,,This is an extreme honor to be asked by the Prime Minister to give a Dutch baseball-shirt to the American President. We're really proud.''

(November 29)

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