Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has enjoyed a couple of down-home American traditions on his visit to the States this week, involving such time-honored rituals as the consumption of unnecessary gadgetry and hamburger meat. Wednesday found Medvedev in the Silicon Valley for a meeting with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who came bearing the coveted gift of the new iPhone 4, and on Thursday, Medvedev joined forces with his American counterpart, Barack Obama, for a taste of haute burger cuisine in Arlington, Va. –KA


Jobs’ gift confirmed rumors, reported here previously, that he’d make a pre-release iPhone part of “elected” Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev’s tour of Silicon Valley this week. The optics are unfortunate; Americans are exposing themselves to muggers and heat stroke in long, Soviet-style lines outside Apple stores while the elite swap precious goods among themselves.

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