Saturday, July 28, 2012

Obama Did Return Churchill's Bust After All

What is wrong with those amateurs in the White House? They make a big deal refuting Mitt Romeny's comment about Obama's disrespectful return of Winston Churchill's bronze bust, and then get caught in the lie. This is definitely one of those occasions when the cover up is far worse than the crime.
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”


Blogger labman57 said...

The issue is whether the bust was returned as an act of disrespect to Britain and Churchill's memory, as Romney and the right wing blogosphere has alleged.

In fact, no. It was ON LOAN to the Bush Administration, with the explicit understanding that it would be returned at the end of his term ... which is exactly what happened.

Had the Obama Administration failed to send the bust back to the UK when he took office, these same self-serving conservative pundits and politicians would no doubt indignantly wag their fingers and proclaim that Obama was a thief for keeping the loaned Churchill bust.

7:31 AM  

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