White House: Hey, we never really removed that bust of Churchill

posted at 6:01 pm on July 27, 2012 by Allahpundit

This won’t get 1/1,000th the media play that Romney’s Olympics comments got in London, but in its own way it’s just as baffling. Why, oh why, would they engage on this subject, wholly unnecessarily, and get their facts wrong to boot? The claim from White House spokesflack Dan Pfeiffer:

Lately, there’s been a rumor swirling around about the current location of the bust of Winston Churchill. Some have claimed that President Obama removed the bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office and sent it back to the British Embassy…

This is 100% false. The bust still in the White House. In the Residence. Outside the Treaty Room.

News outlets have debunked this claim time and again. First, back in 2010 the National Journal reported that “the Churchill bust was relocated to a prominent spot in the residence to make room for Abraham Lincoln, a figure from whom the first African-American occupant of the Oval Office might well draw inspiration in difficult times.” And just in case anyone forgot, just last year the AP reported that President Obama “replaced the Oval Office fixture with a bust of one of his American heroes, President Abraham Lincoln, and moved the Churchill bust to the White House residence.”

He implies, without ever flatly stating, that the bust has been at the White House from day one and that the story about it being moved in 2009 was a big juicy nothingburger invented out of whole cloth to smear Obama as anti-British. Is that true? Why … no. Read RB’s post at the Right Sphere citing this passage from the Telegraph in 2009:

The bronze by Sir Jacob Epstein, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds if it were ever sold on the open market, enjoyed pride of place in the Oval Office during President Bush’s tenure.

But when British officials offered to let Mr Obama to hang onto the bust for a further four years, the White House said: “Thanks, but no thanks.”

Diplomats were at first reluctant to discuss the whereabouts of the Churchill bronze, after its ejection from the seat of American power. But the British Embassy in Washington has now confirmed that it sits in the palatial residence of ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald, just down the road from Vice President Joe Biden’s official residence. It is not clear whether the ambassador plans to keep it in Washington or send it back to London.

So they did give it back. Pfeiffer’s simply lying. But wait — the lies aren’t done yet. Jake Tapper called the embassy for more details. Drumroll:

Like a plot twist in a sitcom, IT TURNS OUT THERE ARE TWO CHURCHILL BUSTS!!!!!

The one in the White House Residence was a gift to the White House from the British Embassy during the Nixon administration.

The other one was loaned to President George W. Bush by British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Says James Barbour, Press Secretary and Head of Communications for the British Embassy, “The bust of Sir Winston Churchill, by Sir Jacob Epstein, was lent to the George W Bush administration from the UK’s Government Art Collection, for the duration of the Presidency. When that administration came to an end so did the loan; the bust now resides in the British Ambassador’s Residence in Washington DC. The White House collection has its own Epstein bust of Churchill, which President Obama showed to Prime Minister Cameron when he visited the White House in March”

So the Krauthammer remark that inspired all of this — that O “started his Presidency by returning to the British Embassy the bust of Winston Churchill that had graced the Oval Office” — turns out to be true. And the dumbest part is that Pfeiffer had a much better comeback available to him than the one he went with: Namely, if Obama is as anti-British as Krauthammer and Romney want people to believe, why did he keep the other bust of Churchill on display in the residence? Either Pfeiffer didn’t know what he was talking about when he wrote this post or he did know but wanted people to believe that the Mystery of the Bust was a lie concocted by the right to malign our poor, unfairly treated president. And then Tapper pantsed him, ruining his plan. Which do you suppose is the truth?

Update: Thanks to Tapper, Pfeiffer’s been forced to update his post:

Since my post on the fact that the bust of Winston Churchill has remained on display in the White House, despite assertions to the contrary, I have received a bunch of questions — so let me provide some additional info. The White House has had a bust of Winston Churchill since the 1960’s. At the start of the Bush administration Prime Minister Blair lent President Bush a bust that matched the one in the White House, which was being worked on at the time and was later returned to the residence. The version lent by Prime Minister Blair was displayed by President Bush until the end of his Presidency. On January 20, 2009 — Inauguration Day — all of the art lent specifically for President Bush’s Oval Office was removed by the curator’s office, as is common practice at the end of every presidency. The original Churchill bust remained on display in the residence. The idea put forward by Charles Krauthammer and others that President Obama returned the Churchill bust or refused to display the bust because of antipathy towards the British is completely false and an urban legend that continues to circulate to this day.

Finally, he settles on the stronger argument. But there’s a fudge here too: As noted in the old Telegraph piece quoted above, the British offered to extend the loan of the Oval Office bust so that O could continue to display it. He turned them down. Even if you don’t question his motives for doing so, the facts are what they are.

Exit question: Anyone willing/able to explain to me why, exactly, he wants to argue with Romney about this? The Great Bust Debate won’t move a single vote either way. Take the rest of the day off, Dan.


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Who ya gonna believe, us or your lyin’ eyes?

~White House

Joe Mama on July 27, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Maybe the bust was out of context?

lorien1973 on July 27, 2012 at 6:06 PM

The Great Bust Debate won’t move a single vote either way.

But it is fun.

In this 0bama economy, we have to take out enjoyment when we can find it.

cozmo on July 27, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Breathtaking.

Del Dolemonte on July 27, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Who cares? That Mitt Romney criticized the Olympics after weeks of the MSM criticizing the Olympics. But somehow, it is bad when Romney mentions it.

the new aesthetic on July 27, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Did I do that ?

burrata on July 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

speaking of busts…..there’s this Paraguyan javelin thrower, Leryn Franco—-who is haaaawt! Can’t waits fors some of them tracks and fields IYKWIM!

sorry Allah…

ted c on July 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Ummm…distraction?

SKYFOX on July 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

This sounds like an Olympic version of political shuffleboard.

manateespirit on July 27, 2012 at 6:09 PM

More bs from the propaganda ministry.

50sGuy on July 27, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Hey, someone had to go to make room for the bust of Mao.

Kataklysmic on July 27, 2012 at 6:09 PM

BTW, why isn’t yeasty virginia explaining to us what stupid fools we are to keep finding Obama’s lies , one after the other ?

burrata on July 27, 2012 at 6:09 PM

The bust, copy or original, isn’t the main point. The fact that one or any of them being given back by Obama is a slap to the faces of the British people.

Opportunism–Oblowoff trying to curry new favor with London in the wake of Mitt’s ‘gaffe’ about the Olympics.

Pffffttttt!

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Busted!

birdwatcher on July 27, 2012 at 6:10 PM

ted c on July 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I’m glad I looked at the photo, Ted. You really had me wondering for a minute.

SKYFOX on July 27, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Exit question: Anyone willing/able to explain to me why, exactly, he wants to argue with Romney about this?

Because they’ve completely exhausted their entire line of argument about how great the economy is doing and their record????
…oh wait…..

ted c on July 27, 2012 at 6:10 PM

“Anyone willing/able to explain to me why, exactly, he wants to argue with Romney about this?”

It’s because Obama has a thin skin and can’t abide criticism, even if it doesn’t matter.

Steven Den Beste on July 27, 2012 at 6:10 PM

First Israel, now Britain. Which alley gets the Obutt kissing treatment next? And, will Obama bow to them or is that only reserved for the despots of the world?

txhsmom on July 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

The bust acted stupidly.

Philly on July 27, 2012 at 6:12 PM

SKYFOX on July 27, 2012 at 6:10 PM

apparently, she is the “hottest” olympic athlete this year…..

I haven’t seen the rest of the entries, but, I think it’s fair to say that she’s certainly in the running.

ted c on July 27, 2012 at 6:12 PM

The Great Bust Debate won’t move a single vote either way.

Natural vs. enhanced, always a perky debate.

TXUS on July 27, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Exit question: Anyone willing/able to explain to me why, exactly, he wants to argue with Romney about this? The Great Bust Debate won’t move a single vote either way

I dunno but I’m fine with it if Tapper will just touch him with a verbal cattle prod occasionly.

a capella on July 27, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Is there anything these people don’t lie about?

forest on July 27, 2012 at 6:13 PM

ted c on July 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Bad Ted, bad.
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yummy

cozmo on July 27, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Every day we spend talking about BS is one more day we didn’t talk about about the economy.
“We tried our plan and it WORKED.” Barack Obama
“You didn’t build that.” Barack Obama

RickinNH on July 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

“But wait — the lies aren’t done yet.” – Obowma 2012

Seven Percent Solution on July 27, 2012 at 6:17 PM

?

Bmore on July 27, 2012 at 6:17 PM

The Great Bust Debate won’t move a single vote either way. Take the rest of the day off, Dan.

I should take the rest of the day off too.

hisfrogness on July 27, 2012 at 6:17 PM

And the dumbest part is that Pfeiffer had a much better comeback available to him than the one he went with: Namely, if Obama is as anti-British as Krauthammer and Romney want people to believe, why did he keep the other bust of Churchill on display in the residence?

I’ll go with someone in the WH commenting during the blowback that that there was a bust of Churchill in the basement and, wa la, a better comeback was born.

Dusty on July 27, 2012 at 6:17 PM

The Great Bust Debate won’t move a single vote either way.

I dunno. I’m always partial to Great Busts.

beancounter on July 27, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Exit question: Anyone willing/able to explain to me why, exactly, he wants to argue with Romney about this?

8.2% unemployment

Daily Tracking: Romney: 49%, Obama: 44%

Consumer Confidence Down

RNC ad to slam Obama on economy during Olympics

Flora Duh on July 27, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Since when has this president been worried about ‘the truth’?

The ‘truth’ is whatever Barry says it is on any given day – or before any given election.

GarandFan on July 27, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I have to tell you that all this clarifying has me totally confused.

Cindy Munford on July 27, 2012 at 6:19 PM

The funny part of the story was why Obama doesn’t like Churchill — because gullible Barry accepted whole-hog the fairy tales told by his dysfunctional Kenyan family about grandpa Obama’s supposed torture at the hands of the British. The torture never happened, of course, but Barry is so in love with his own self-created fairy tale of himself as noble descendant of the wrongfully oppressed that he just can’t let go of his antipathy to the British.

AZCoyote on July 27, 2012 at 6:19 PM

The Great Bust Debate won’t move a single vote either way.

Oh yeah! it’ll surely be dope for the masses while we slide through Document Dump Friday and help us get a smokescreen, so there mister big pseudonymmed-blogger man!!!

ted c on July 27, 2012 at 6:19 PM

A lie plain and simple.

pat on July 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM

speaking of busts…..there’s this Paraguyan javelin thrower, Leryn Franco—-who is haaaawt! Can’t waits fors some of them tracks and fields IYKWIM!

sorry Allah…

ted c on July 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

As long as I have a javelin, she has a place to …

TXUS on July 27, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Anyone willing/able to explain to me why, exactly, he wants to argue with Romney about this?

Because they think they are too clever by half by setting up this situation. They think they set a trap to embarrass Romney. What boobs*.

*If that word is allowed.

Fallon on July 27, 2012 at 6:21 PM

surely president romney will still crave a statue of “little barry” in the oval office from which to “draw inspiration in difficult times” …

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/jakarta-obama-statue-taken-down/358704

mittens on July 27, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Like a little brat, afraid that he’ll be upstaged, we get the Israel signing, and now the bust debate.
Sheesh, he’s a weenie !!
Well, at least he’s on defense… LOL

pambi on July 27, 2012 at 6:23 PM

speaking of busts…..there’s this Paraguyan javelin thrower, Leryn Franco—-who is haaaawt! Can’t waits fors some of them tracks and fields IYKWIM!

sorry Allah…

ted c on July 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Heeellllooooo…!

Seven Percent Solution on July 27, 2012 at 6:23 PM

I’ll go with someone in the WH commenting during the blowback that that there was a bust of Churchill in the basement and, wa la, a better comeback was born.

Dusty on July 27, 2012 at 6:17 PM

I’ll bet you a dollar to doughnuts that Cameron brought the bust back with him on his last WH visit, the campaign knowing this would be an issue. All the rest of this is BS.

TXUS on July 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Flora Duh on July 27, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Nice ad !! Thanks.

pambi on July 27, 2012 at 6:26 PM

LOL they are even reacting to Romney “gaffes”

Kind of funny when you think of it.

gophergirl on July 27, 2012 at 6:27 PM

speaking of busts…..there’s this Paraguyan javelin thrower, Leryn Franco—-who is haaaawt! Can’t waits fors some of them tracks and fields IYKWIM!

sorry Allah…

ted c on July 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I’d let her toss my spear anywhere!

lorien1973 on July 27, 2012 at 6:28 PM

IIRC, when/if bho did return the bust of Churchill, IT was a big deal here and England? Never has a president done such a thing before? And to top it off bho puts his worhtless gosh horrible feet on the desk made from a ship given to us by England(I believe that is correct) and every other piece of furniture in the oval office! bho has zero, less than zero class and now he is trying to cya!
L

letget on July 27, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Well, our favorite new Javelin thrower of record, Leryn Franco, has resolved the Great Breast Debates.

My oh my.

TXUS on July 27, 2012 at 6:30 PM

There needs to be a “Truth Squad” to monitor Obama’s Truth Squad.

OxyCon on July 27, 2012 at 6:31 PM

The release a picture of The Won and PM Cameron looking at said bust in 2010.

Cindy Munford on July 27, 2012 at 6:31 PM

The timeless wisdom of Winston Churchill:

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.”

“We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”

…and now you know why OBOZO removed the bust of Churchill from the Oval Office as soon as he moved in.

TeaPartyNation on July 27, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Because they think they are too clever by half by setting up this situation. They think they set a trap to embarrass Romney. What boobs*.

*If that word is allowed.

Fallon on July 27, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Boobs, yes, the other variation of those, no. ; )

Bmore on July 27, 2012 at 6:33 PM

I have to tell you that all this clarifying has me totally confused.

Cindy Munford on July 27, 2012 at 6:19 PM

This is easy. Liberals don’t care about actual ‘fairness’ in the real world or any of their other pet terms. They care only about being the ones, alone, to define the terms they use. Then to change the meanings and interpretations as needs arise.

The term ‘clarify’ to liberals is this:

I didn’t say that.

I was was taken out of context.

You lie.

He has a philosophical meaning to it.

He’s too smart for you.

You didn’t get his point in the first place…

…You Philistine

You’re a bigot.

What about Nixon?

You want to kill women in back-alley abortions

You want a return to slavery.

You’re a racist

You hate women

You have a war on women

You hate the poor

You want the poor to starve to death

Catholic priests rape children

NAMBLA is an honest and grossly-misunderstood group of nice freedom-loving people

You hate gays

You want all gays burned at the stake

Obama is a total innocent.

I think I clarified, on behalf of the liberal left.*

*Your actual experiences and genuine truth may vary…Vote Obama!

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 6:34 PM

The removal of the WC bust was big part of “The Roots of Obama’s Rage” by Dinesh D’Souza and his thesis of Obama being anti-Colonialist. The reason why that was removed out of provenance when it was a gift after 9-11 lead to the book.

Glenn Beck has his copy that they made from the 9-11 gift one. The people they got the specs from have to know where the original is and it is not the 50+ year old one in the WH.

tjexcite on July 27, 2012 at 6:34 PM

It is a COMPOSITE bust….

Ragspierre on July 27, 2012 at 6:35 PM

My oh my.

TXUS on July 27, 2012 at 6:30 PM

One bust sent back?

I think you might need a mild NSFW on that one.

Fallon on July 27, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Flora Duh on July 27, 2012 at 6:18 PM

BOOM… SHAKALKA…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on July 27, 2012 at 6:36 PM

No fair letting the guys have all the fun

Something for the ladies

gophergirl on July 27, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Another shiny object… well, dusty… not so shiny… they must be running out of ornaments.

Still no Christmas Tree.

ajacksonian on July 27, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Whatever. This whole administration is a “bust.”

TarheelBen on July 27, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Pfeiffer knows 3 busts…

batterup on July 27, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Anyone willing/able to explain to me why, exactly, he wants to argue with Romney about this?

Watch the other hand

burrata on July 27, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Okay, so if there are two busts why didn’t they just say so at the time this came out? These people in the administration are complete morons.

Deanna on July 27, 2012 at 6:42 PM

The bust, copy or original, isn’t the main point. The fact that one or any of them being given back by Obama is a slap to the faces of the British people.

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Yeah, but it didn’t sting us nearly as badly as when he gave Putin our nuclear codes…

Resist We Much on July 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Because they think they are too clever by half by setting up this situation. They think they set a trap to embarrass Romney. What boobs*.

*If that word is allowed.

Fallon on July 27, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Their booby trap goes bust.

ziggyville on July 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Anyone willing/able to explain to me why, exactly, he wants to argue with Romney about this?

Romney is upstaging him before the world. And Obama can’t emotionally handle that.

It’s a common thing–when your biggest enemy is getting the better of you, you try sucking up to others who are mere opponents in hope they can hate your enemy more than they hate you.

You know–grade school stuff.

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 6:45 PM

“being worked on at the time” while the rest of the White House was being fumigated after 8 years of the Bill and Hill.

RADIOONE on July 27, 2012 at 6:48 PM

gophergirl on July 27, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Thanks, GG, but unlike the guys, I feel a little creeped out looking at the young ones (even if they are built like that). I’m hoping for some Beckham tonight. Though he won’t be lighting the flame.

Fallon on July 27, 2012 at 6:48 PM

No fair letting the guys have all the fun

Something for the ladies

gophergirl on July 27, 2012 at 6:38 PM

gophergirl, I’ve always liked you, but I’d appreciate it if you’d get my permission before posting my image on line. Thanks.

TXUS on July 27, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Their booby trap goes bust.

ziggyville on July 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Nioe tip in. :)

Fallon on July 27, 2012 at 6:50 PM

gophergirl, I’ve always liked you, but I’d appreciate it if you’d get my permission before posting my image on line. Thanks.

TXUS on July 27, 2012 at 6:49 PM

;)

gophergirl on July 27, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Fallon on July 27, 2012 at 6:48 PM

But they are pretty aren’t they :)

gophergirl on July 27, 2012 at 6:52 PM

TXUS on July 27, 2012 at 6:30 PM

. . . speechless . . .

BigAlSouth on July 27, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Pic of the day –

rickv404 on July 27, 2012 at 6:52 PM

But they are pretty aren’t they :)

gophergirl on July 27, 2012 at 6:52 PM

The one on the right needs to pull his damn britches up.

And put his hat on straight.

And oh yeah, hey you kids, get off of my lawn!

Flora Duh on July 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Flora Duh on July 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM

*SNORT*

gophergirl on July 27, 2012 at 6:56 PM

the bust is a racist

t8stlikchkn on July 27, 2012 at 6:58 PM

for the first time in my adult life, i am really proud of the bust.

t8stlikchkn on July 27, 2012 at 6:59 PM

the bust didnt build that

t8stlikchkn on July 27, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Obama’s worst diplomatic gaffe was referring to the Falkland Islands by a different name. It was actually a double gaffe because by naming it as such not only did he suggest that Argentina had a claim on the islands he didn’t even get the name right. British soldiers died defending those islands. The British press labeled it “uncharacteristic” and more like something Bush would do. Can you imagine the uproar if Romney made that double gaffe? They’re as biased as the American press.

Wigglesworth on July 27, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Flora Duh on July 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM

LOL Damn kids!

Fallon on July 27, 2012 at 7:01 PM

The White House says that is an urban legend.I’m running with the version I heard when he took office.He sent the bust back and you can’t change my mind.There may be two bust but I’m not buying.He dissed the Brits in my mind regardless if they even have video of the bust or I visit the place and see it myself.Even if he didn’t do it he did.I’m telling anyone I know he did it.More than one can play this game.

docflash on July 27, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Disclaimer: This non-issue is stupid. Even so, it is instructive of the mindset on the other side.

This comment is representative of 95% (I did the math) of the others on the thread.

The band[sic] this is that the MSM(1+ / 0-)

only repeated Mitt’s nonsense without ever doing a little factchecking to debunk this garbage. If you google Churchhill Bust, who find about 3 articles from today that tells the truth and about 1000 articles that just repeat the crap that Mitt said and even elude to the 2009 UK debunked piece which said that President Obama had returned it. Classic example of why Mitt and the GOP lies…they get away with it 99% of the time.

by onlysaneTexanLeft on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 01:17:11 PM PDT

Emphasis added.

Note that no matter how much evidence is presented the poster simply cannot accept that Republicans can tell the truth. And this comment got a recommendation!

Onus on July 27, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Exit question: Anyone willing/able to explain to me why, exactly, he wants to argue with Romney about this?

Anything but his record.

pedestrian on July 27, 2012 at 7:08 PM

The Obama Presidency is a Bust

faraway on July 27, 2012 at 7:12 PM

So what motivated this exercise in lies? The first bust just now returning to the WH from Restoration? Is that why the Brits offered to extend the loan on the second bust?

When will Oboobi ever just once tell a truth like mebbe the sky is blue?

AH_C on July 27, 2012 at 7:13 PM

The funny part of the story was why Obama doesn’t like Churchill — because gullible Barry accepted whole-hog the fairy tales told by his dysfunctional Kenyan family about grandpa Obama’s supposed torture at the hands of the British. The torture never happened, of course, but Barry is so in love with his own self-created fairy tale of himself as noble descendant of the wrongfully oppressed that he just can’t let go of his antipathy to the British.

AZCoyote on July 27, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Yep, it’s all BS just like Warren’s ‘high cheekbones’.

slickwillie2001 on July 27, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Obama doesn’t care for busts.

Except economic ones.

profitsbeard on July 27, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Oh, what now? Bustgate? Please, God, no.

Obama’s inept, corrupt presidency has been a slow disaster for the American people from day one. That’s a fact. Winston Churchill’s bust and it (or their) whereabouts is a miniscule concern.

RebeccaH on July 27, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Dan Pfeiffer is either lying outright or is a contemptible spinmeister. The bust in question WAS given back, it resides in the British Embassador’s residence. The bust Pfeiffer is blathering about is NOT the bust in question, but another. Pfeiffer is either too ignorant or too dishonest to report this properly. But FoxNews Special Report just did.

rayra on July 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Whats the beef?

The Won still has the bust of Ward Churchill in the WH.

SparkPlug on July 27, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Why, oh why, would they engage on this subject

One reason -it’s default to create a story to prevent the bad economic news from being discussed 24/7.

Don L on July 27, 2012 at 7:40 PM

New Steyn!

Don’t Cross the Forces of Tolerance

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/07/steyn-dont-cross-forces-of-tolerance.html

M2RB: Lady GaGa

Resist We Much on July 27, 2012 at 7:42 PM

When will Oboobi ever just once tell a truth

After he’s re-elected….

Don L on July 27, 2012 at 7:42 PM

The original Churchill bust remained on display in the residence. The idea put forward by Charles Krauthammer and others that President Obama returned the Churchill bust or refused to display the bust because of antipathy towards the British is completely false and an urban legend that continues to circulate to this day.

Even if this is %100 accurate and honest, too bad. An urban legend with no basis in fact that persists in doing political damage to a public figure seems to be A-OK as long as it is a conservative taking the hit, am I right?

Now you jerks in the White House can know how it feels when the truth means nothing. It’s your bed, now you get to lay in it.

Obama said “I can see Churchill from my house!”

lol

Brian1972 on July 27, 2012 at 7:48 PM

According to Obama this never happened?

coldwarrior on July 27, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Smart Power

Grunt on July 27, 2012 at 7:59 PM

A titillating headline, but the story was a bust.

Grade of DD-

TheClearRiver on July 27, 2012 at 8:08 PM

I think this is a nothingburger …

First – I daresay that Americans hold Churchill in higher esteem than contemporary Britons. So not many in Briton would be offended if he had sent it back.

Second – this was on display in the Oval Office right? Well, I used to work at the White House and every President gets to put his own touch and “personalize” (to a certain extent) the Oval Office. There are rules of course – but if something was placed in there by the previous POTUS – it can go away if the new POTUS wishes it to.

And – it could be that Ogabe wanted to make room for something else in there that he wanted to put in – I dunno, a bust of Alinsky or something – but … whatever, he’s the POTUS.

Overall, the Oval Office is a big room but not that big of a room and it’s easy to get cluttered with too much stuff. So not everything can stay from administration to administration.

By the way – there’s a bust of Lincoln right outside the door to the Oval Office that NEVER goes away. The Secret Service even has ghost stories they tell about it. :D

HondaV65 on July 27, 2012 at 8:11 PM

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