Washington: Finding the Perfect Souvenir

Presidential Swag

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Any tchotchke embossed with the Seal of the President of the United States is sure to impress your co-workers back home, especially if you use it casually — like as a door stop. The problem is, the official seal is allowed to be affixed only to actual Presidential trinkets — like Air Force One or plates from the presidential china set — all of which require a lot of work (or campaign contributions) to get close to. But let's face it: Your co-workers don't know what the seal looks like. So stop in any large gift shop (there are a couple big ones across from Ford's Theater on 10th Street NW, between E and F streets) and pick up a mug emblazoned with a seal that looks a lot like the real thing. Then use it to hold your toothbrush.

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