Gifts to Reagan Include Revolver, Hearing Aids; Bush Given Running Shoes
May. 17, 1985
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A revolver, a chain saw and four hearing aids were among more than $7,000 in gifts kept by President Reagan in 1984, while 26 pairs of running shoes were among nearly $9,000 worth of gifts Vice President George Bush accepted.
On financial disclosure forms, filed with the Office of Government Ethics and made public by the White House on Thursday, Reagan lists 15 gifts he accepted and Bush lists 41.
The forms cover gifts worth more than $35, or gifts from one giver totaling more than $100, which Reagan and Bush decided to keep. Other gifts were turned over to the White House gifts unit for disposition as government property.
Reagan valued his gifts at $7,156. Bush's added up to $8,999.
Reagan received the revolver, engraved with the president's signature and valued at $263, from Leopold J. Deters of Springfield, Mass.
The hearing aids - which White House spokesman Larry Speaks says the president wears or uses as spares - were Reagan's most valuable gift of the year at $3,000. They were presented by Burton Associates of Santa Ana, Calif., and Starkey Labs Inc. of Minneapolis.
The presidential protective division of the Secret Service, the agents who guard the president, gave him a chain saw and accessories and a tie tack, with a combined value fo $238.
The running shoes, given by Jim C. Autry of Dallas, were the most valuable gift reported by Bush, listed at $1,040.
Bush told reporters the running shoes were for him to give to friends at Christmas.
The vice president also received a rifle and a wool jacket, with a combined value of $190, from Azmat Riaz, identified as a commandant at the Khyber Pass in Pakistan, and a bulletproof vest, valued at $325, from Lazar R. Blumenfeld of Bayonne, N.J.
Other gifts kept by Reagan include a desk diary, a sheep dog, a lap blanket, two riding crops, a 1984 Olympic commemorative telephone, a wrist watch, an oil painting of elephants, a book of his genealogy, a hand-knitted wool sweater, six movie videocassettes, an oil painting of Camp David, and a watercolor of an American Indian.
Presents accepted by Bush included a sterling silver belt buckle, a pair of cowboy boots, a bronze sculpture, a crystal bowl, a painting of the Memphis skyline, two fishing reels with leather cases, several elephant models, a gift certificate for two pairs of golf shoes, a leather flight jacket, two flower arrangements, a quartz watch, a Houston Astros jacket and shirt, a hand- painted iced tea crock, a suit with shirt and tie, a pearl tie tack and chain bracelet, a framed etching called ''Born to Run,'' a cowboy hat, bowling balls, a model ship and a 29-volume history of Ecuador in Spanish.