#ROMNEYSHAMBLES, #AMERICANBORAT: So it turns out all the right wing bitching about the Winston Churchill bust being removed from the White House after President Obama took office was nothing more than typical bullshIt. Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, a man I had a lot of respect for, went on a rant slamming Obama for removing it. Far be it for Obama to remove a foreign leader’s bust and replace it with an American leader, Abraham Lincoln. After all, it’s that Anglo-Saxon heritage we are all so good at keeping front and center in our daily lives. There were actually two busts, one was on loan from the British government and has been returned, but there is a second bust that remains in the White House. Here’s an excerpt from the White House blog:
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.
Now, normally we wouldn’t address a rumor that’s so patently false, but just this morning the Washington Post’s 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, here’s a picture of the President showing off the Churchill bust to Prime Minister Cameron when he visited the White House residence in 2010.
Here’s the explanation from CNN about the second bust:
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.
A second bust, which is part of the White House’s own art collection, is displayed in the White House. It is that bust which Obama is pictured looking at with Cameron in 2010.
Most of us know Mitt Romney is full of shit and will say anything to get in the White House, short of assuming the persona of Batman, swooning in to save our Anglo-Saxon heritage since the black guy in the White House doesn’t have a clue. Anyway, so now we know where the Winston Churchill bust is and we can move on to more pressing issues, other than the bullshit Mitt Romney and his group of misfits seem to like focusing on. Personally, I don’t really give a damn about Winston Churchill’s bust or any foreign leader’s bust being in the White House. I never thought it would be an affront to the hypocrites on the right for Obama to use the bust of Abraham Lincoln. From the looks of things, I guess Mitt Romney, Charles Krauthammer and the right wing loons would retroactively reject the Boston Tea Party and would like to bitch-slap Paul Revere for warning the Brits are coming. Seems like the Romney campaign is nervous about an attack from the Obama campaign this weekend. Um, I wonder why?