Why did Obama return the bust of Churchill to Britain?

The rejection of the bust has left some British officials nervously reading the runes to see how much influence the UK can wield with the new regime in Washington…

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.