CBS News’ Mark Knoller and the rest of the White House press pool are kept at what seems to be a good distance from the president most of the time, but Knoller makes use of the space to deliver some witty observations from the sidelines. An iPod loaded with the president’s speeches probably would have been greatly appreciated for catching up on sleep during the long flight back to China, but for some reason President Xi found himself lugging home a bench.

But seriously, why a bench? It was probably tough to find a last-minute gift that wasn’t made in China.

With that bit of foreign diplomacy out of the way, there was still time to hit the links.

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