Fiscal cliff talks have kicked off and the conciliatory remarks are helping markets.
But amid the talks it was reported that President Obama gave House Speaker John Boehner a bottle of Brunello di Montalcino as an early birthday present.
Gluskin Sheff's David Rosenberg writes that the early birthday present "is a classic display of the horse trading that will take place to bring a short-term deal to fruition."
He jokingly adds that Boehner should split it with his Republican "backbenchers who don't seem to share the President's view that he has a strong mandate to pursue higher top marginal tax rates on income and capital."
Moreover, the wine that costs $125 could violate House rules that limit the cash value of presents that members of the House of Representatives can accept.
Here's a photo tweeted by Brendan Buck, press secretary for Boehner.
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