Those of you who watched President Obama sign the health care bill this morning bore witness to a long-standing presidential pen tradition. For decades, U.S. presidents have signed important bills into law using multiple pens. The pens used are typically given away as souvenirs to the sponsors and co-sponsors of the bill, as well as any others who played a key role in passing it. Some even end up in museums!
It is amazing how meaningful and significant these executive pens become once they are used by the President. It just goes to show that the symbolism behind a pen can be many times more valuable than the pen itself. This is the reason why so many people choose pens as a corporate or employee gift to commemorate important milestones in business.