Skip to comments.Fact Check: The Bust of Winston Churchill (From the Horse's Mouth)
Posted on 07/27/2012 1:20:58 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
Lately, theres 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.
Now, normally we wouldnt address a rumor thats so patently false, but just this morning the Washington Posts Charles Krauthammer repeated this ridiculous claim in his column. He said President Obama started his Presidency by returning to the British Embassy the bust of Winston Churchill that had graced the Oval Office.
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.
In case these news reports are not enough for Mr. Krauthammer and others, heres a picture of the President showing off the Churchill bust to Prime Minister Cameron when he visited the White House residence in 2010
Good for President Obama. But I was always more upset about gays in the military, abortion and Mr. Holder than Churchill's bust.
“Abraham Lincoln, a figure from whom the first African-American occupant of the Oval Office might well draw inspiration in difficult times.
ESPECIALLY AS HE DECLARES WAR AGAINST HALF OF AMERICA...
I see two BUTTS and part of one bust.
Don’t discount that fact that the bust in the picture is a cheap replica or that the picture has been Photoshopped.
well at least he is bowing to someone worthy....
It doesn’t matter where he moved it to...what matters is he removed it from the Oval Office.
Why did he do this?
Maybe because his world view is forged from a deep seeded hatred of colonial Great Britain. Its a Kenyan point of view, born out of unrequited daddy worship, directed at an absentee father who was allegedly abused/imprisoned by Churchill’s subordinates.
Barack Obama sends bust of Winston Churchill on its way back to Britain
By Tim Shipman in Washington
5:20PM GMT 14 Feb 2009
A bust of the former prime minister once voted the greatest Briton in history, which was loaned to George W Bush from the Government's art collection after the September 11 attacks, has now been formally handed back.
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.
American politicians have made quoting Churchill, whose mother was American, something of an art form, but not Mr Obama, who prefers to cite the words and works of his hero Abraham Lincoln. Indeed a bust of Mr Lincoln now sits in the Oval Office where Epstein's Churchill once ruled the roost.
Fact Check on Aisle One please...
I have a hunch the Obama campaign is panicking because, for the next two weeks of Olympics coverage, America is going to fall in love anew with all things British, and Obama’s Churchill diss isn’t going to look good. Why else would they bring the issue up now?
“A bust of the former prime minister once voted the greatest Briton in history, which was loaned to George W Bush from the Government’s art collection after the September 11 attacks, has now been formally handed back.”
It now appears that the Churchill bust was loaned to President Bush, not Obama and Obama is refusing to return the Churchill bust to England.
The bust is essentially stolen property.
On being told by a curvaceous female fan at the unveiling of a his sculpture
“Mr Churchill, I want you to know that I got up at dawn and drove a hundred miles for the unveiling of your bust”,
Winston replied, no doubt with a twinkle in his eye:
“Madam, I want you to know that I would happily reciprocate the honour”
That was my first thought. Why are they JUST now trying to prove something?
Meanwhile...down the hallway from Joe Biden’s office is one confused and shaken British Ambassador who had the door kicked open and a few masked men burst in, grabbed a bust of Winston Churchill and ran down the hallway to the Treaty Room.
July 27, 2012....CNN;
“But late Friday, British Embassy Spokesman James Barbour said there were actually two busts of Churchill, both by artist Sir Jacob Epstein.
The one that was loaned to the George W. Bush administration in 2001 was returned after Bush left office and now resides at the British ambassador’s residence in Washington.”
I tend to believe your Telegraph story before I believe the known liar living in the White House.
They should check with the British Embassy in Washington to see if they’ve got the capital of Israel there too since they don’t know where that is either.
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