WH to Krauthammer: Hey, sorry for calling you a liar about that Churchill bust when you were totally right

posted at 8:48 pm on July 31, 2012 by Allahpundit

Surprising, but when you pick a fight this dumb and meaningless, it’s probably best just to cut your losses and move on.

Next up: An apology for the stimulus?

Charles,

I take your criticism seriously and you are correct that you are owed an apology. There was clearly an internal confusion about the two busts and there was no intention to deceive. I clearly overshot the runway in my post. The point I was trying to make – under the belief that the Bust in the residence was the one previously in the Oval Office– was that this oft repeated talking point about the bust being a symbol of President Obama’s failure to appreciate the special relationship is false. The bust that was returned was returned as a matter of course with all the other artwork that had been loaned to President Bush for display in his Oval Office and not something that President Obama or his Administration chose to do. I still think this is an important point and one I wish I had communicated better.

A better understanding of the facts on my part and a couple of deep breaths at the outset would have prevented this situation. Having said all that, barring a miracle comeback from the Phillies I would like to see the Nats win a world series even if it comes after my apology

Thanks,

Dan Pfeiffer

Six words, my friends. Think carefully before you respond: “Dan Pfeiffer, White House press secretary.” Huh? Am I right or am I right?

Here’s Krauthammer reacting tonight on “Special Report.”



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Classy response – kudos to Mr. Pfeiffer.

TeresainFortWorth on July 31, 2012 at 8:50 PM

CK was surprised.

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Is there a Bust or not?

Scrumpy on July 31, 2012 at 8:53 PM

No intend to deceive, just obfuscate.

rbj on July 31, 2012 at 8:54 PM

There was clearly an internal confusion about the two busts and there was no intention to deceive.

Liar, liar, pants on fire.

JPeterman on July 31, 2012 at 8:55 PM

I can’t believe Dan Pfeiffer had not read the media reports about the bust being returned. Was he just trying to pull a fast one?

d1carter on July 31, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Liar, liar, pants on fire.

JPeterman on July 31, 2012 at 8:55 PM

When swimming in a sea of lies does someone know when it is not okay to lie?

d1carter on July 31, 2012 at 8:57 PM

So what’s the spin on giving the queen an iPod full of his own books? Or a stack of DVDs for the Prime Minister?

… did we ever figure out if those were Region 1 or Region 2/Free?

The Schaef on July 31, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I got caught lying and was forced to apologize. I’m sorry that I got caught – Dan Pfeiffer.

Philly on July 31, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I’m sure they only lie about the unimportant stuff.

rogerb on July 31, 2012 at 8:58 PM

I take your criticism seriously and you are correct that you are owed an apology.

.
Yeah, so where is the apology.

News2Use on July 31, 2012 at 9:00 PM

The case of the Two Busts?

faraway on July 31, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Dan,

Sorry that you’re a d-bag…..always knew you were a hack.

Thanks,

Everyone

Tim_CA on July 31, 2012 at 9:01 PM

I still think this is an important point and one I wish I had communicated better.

So this is the guy who works to communicate for the guy who thinks his job is to tell stories, right ?

burrata on July 31, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Juan W. and John Sununu face off on Hannity.

Philly on July 31, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Chuck has more intellect than the entire current administration- combined.

Krauthammer 2020

Bensonofben on July 31, 2012 at 9:04 PM

So that’s one lie. Just 999 more to go.

Jim Treacher on July 31, 2012 at 9:04 PM

THEY LIE.

Good Lt on July 31, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Philly on July 31, 2012 at 9:02 PM

lol….juan williams….nice guy….attempting to defend the indefensible.

Gets shafted at npr….but loves him some liberal dogma.

Tim_CA on July 31, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Juan W. and John Sununu face off on Hannity.

Philly on July 31, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Sununu for the win…

Electrongod on July 31, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Wait a minute! Great Britain offered Mr. Obama the continued loan of the second bust, and he refused. So the British took it back — and now it resides in a place of honor in the British Embassy rather than in the Oval Office.

So, where is the “second bust”? Is it still in the White House residence, or has Mr. Obama moved it someplace less conspicuous to his family and guests?

For Mr. Obama’s diplomatic efforts, the British think this.

unclesmrgol on July 31, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Pfieffer apologizes, but isn’t he still lying about the Churchill bust? From his post:

The bust that was returned was returned as a matter of course with all the other artwork that had been loaned to President Bush for display in his Oval Office and not something that President Obama or his Administration chose to do.

The Telegraph, February 2009:

A British Embassy spokesman said: “The bust of Sir Winston Churchill by Sir Jacob Epstein was uniquely lent to a foreign head of state, President George W Bush, from the Government Art Collection in the wake of 9/11 as a signal of the strong transatlantic relationship.

“It was lent for the first term of office of President Bush. When the President was elected for his second and final term, the loan was extended until January 2009.

“The new President has decided not to continue this loan and the bust has now been returned. It is on display at the Ambassador’s Residence.”

It was good for the WH to apologize, but why can’t they just tell the complete truth about this? Obama decided not to keep the bust – denying the loan continuation was something he chose to do.

Slublog on July 31, 2012 at 9:07 PM

LMAO…way to go Charles, make em eat Sauerkraut.

byteshredder on July 31, 2012 at 9:15 PM

It was good for the WH to apologize, but why can’t they just tell the complete truth about this?

Slublog on July 31, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Because they’re liberals.

Liam on July 31, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Can we perhaps discuss some other bust?

Archivarix on July 31, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Can we perhaps discuss some other bust?

Archivarix on July 31, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Heh.

Tim_CA on July 31, 2012 at 9:23 PM

There was clearly an internal confusion about the two busts and there was no intention to deceive.

Clearly.

Heh.

onlineanalyst on July 31, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Liars in the WH, go figure!

Schadenfreude on July 31, 2012 at 9:27 PM

There is an L an I and an E in LIbEral… every time one of them opens their mouth, they LIE!! Ha…

Scrumpy on July 31, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Alternative Newsweek cover:

The Wimp Factor: “You Didn’t Bowl That!”

Resist We Much on July 31, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Busted.

Del Dolemonte on July 31, 2012 at 9:33 PM

There was clearly an internal confusion about the two busts and there was no intention to deceive.

And water isn’t wet.

Liam on July 31, 2012 at 9:36 PM

It was good for the WH to apologize, but why can’t they just tell the complete truth about this? Obama decided not to keep the bust – denying the loan continuation was something he chose to do.
Slublog on July 31, 2012 at 9:07 PM

It’s easy enough to prove or disprove if a tangible object is within their posession. Proving the reasons why they no longer have it is an entirely different matter. “He didn’t make that decision….blah, blah, blah…”

The Count on July 31, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Liar, liar, pants on fire.

JPeterman on July 31, 2012 at 8:55 PM

…I’ve been thinking that on almost every thread today

KOOLAID2 on July 31, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Charles,

I take your criticism seriously and you are correct that you are owed an apology. There was clearly an internal confusion about the two busts

…what!!!!…wasn’t Val Jarrett wearing a bra again?

KOOLAID2 on July 31, 2012 at 9:44 PM

RICK GORKA: ROMNEY PRESS SECRETARY.

Mutnodjmet on July 31, 2012 at 10:01 PM

…what!!!!…wasn’t Val Jarrett wearing a bra again?

KOOLAID2 on July 31, 2012 at 9:44 PM

*ugh* Mental floss.

STAT.

98ZJUSMC on July 31, 2012 at 10:05 PM

It was good for the WH to apologize, but why can’t they just tell the complete truth about this? Obama decided not to keep the bust – denying the loan continuation was something he chose to do.
Slublog on July 31, 2012 at 9:07 PM

It’s easy enough to prove or disprove if a tangible object is within their posession. Proving the reasons why they no longer have it is an entirely different matter. “He didn’t make that decision….blah, blah, blah…”

The Count on July 31, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Two points from Pfeiffer:

was that this oft repeated talking point about the bust being a symbol of President Obama’s failure to appreciate the special relationship is false.

That’s completely arguable either way & we can agree to disagree.

The bust that was returned was returned as a matter of course with all the other artwork that had been loaned to President Bush for display in his Oval Office and not something that President Obama or his Administration chose to do.

Completely false. You DID choose to return it. Or the Brits are lying. which is it?

mdenis39 on July 31, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Very professional on Krauts part.

Bmore on July 31, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Odd that all the trolls tonight are off in other threads.

slickwillie2001 on July 31, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Wait a minute! Great Britain offered Mr. Obama the continued loan of the second bust, and he refused. So the British took it back — and now it resides in a place of honor in the British Embassy rather than in the Oval Office.

So, where is the “second bust”? Is it still in the White House residence, or has Mr. Obama moved it someplace less conspicuous to his family and guests?

For Mr. Obama’s diplomatic efforts, the British think this.

unclesmrgol on July 31, 2012 at 9:07 PM

The second bust is used as a ring-toss target in the White House family games room.

slickwillie2001 on July 31, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Full British recap here:

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100173136/churchill-bust-debacle-amateurish-obama-white-house-remains-firmly-in-denial/

The money graf:

It is very clear from these articles in two of Britain’s leading newspapers that the British government gave every opportunity for the Obama White House to keep the Churchill bust, but the president chose not to do so. After all, he could easily have accommodated both Lincoln and Churchill in the Oval Office. The White House, however, remains firmly in denial over the return of the bust, which carries great symbolism on both sides of the Atlantic.

Owen Glendower on July 31, 2012 at 11:34 PM

More from the British:

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100173449/white-house-issues-humiliating-apology-to-charles-krauthammer-over-churchill-bust/

And this sums it up:

It is gratifying to see Mr. Pfeiffer issue a formal apology, after his juvenile and remarkably ignorant rebuttal of Mr. Krauthammer’s Post column generated a media storm. But this does not by any means end the controversy over the decision by the White House to return the Churchill bust. There is still an air of defiance in Pfeiffer’s words, and he categorically claims that the bust was sent back “as a matter of course,” and its return to the British government was “not something that President Obama or his Administration chose to do.”

As I noted in my previous blog on the subject, however, both The Sunday Telegraph and The Times of London ran major articles back in early 2009 revealing that British officials had made it clear to the White House that President Obama could keep the Churchill bust in the Oval Office. In other words, it was the White House’s firm decision to return the bust, and no request was made by the British to have it back. This looks awfully like a deliberate snub of America’s closest friend and ally, and it would be good for the White House to acknowledge the truth, rather than continue to spin a blatantly false and misleading line.

Owen Glendower on July 31, 2012 at 11:40 PM

The bust that was returned was returned as a matter of course with all the other artwork that had been loaned to President Bush for display in his Oval Office and not something that President Obama or his Administration chose to do.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/4623148/Barack-Obama-sends-bust-of-Winston-Churchill-on-its-way-back-to-Britain.html

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.”

So Obama said “thanks but no thanks” to an offer to keep the bust… but his official while apologizing for lying claims it wasn’t something Obama or his Administration chose to do…

You know, when I’m caught in a lie and apologizing for lying to people; the first thing I do is STOP LYING.

How hard is that really?

gekkobear on August 1, 2012 at 12:47 AM

WH (Pfeiffer) to Krauthammer: Hey, sorry for calling you a liar about that Churchill bust when you were totally right

Sound like knee-jerk reaction got out of control and he realized he booted himself in his own arse…..

The apology is an attempt to extricate boot from own arse.. :D

BigSven on August 1, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Dan’s lookin for a gig in the Romney Administration.

BigAlSouth on August 1, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Busted- 2.0

profitsbeard on August 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Obama was later heard saying, “Would some please tell me who Churchill is?”

Smartest President Ever!

sdbatboy on August 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Why start telling the truth now? It’s like the question asked by Pontius Pilot, the ultimate politician extraordinare: “What is truth?”

newpine on August 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM