Now that the London Olympics have ended and the Presidential election just around the corner the administration has moved quietly to try and cement our “special relationship” with Great Britain. The first order of business is to replace the bust of Winston Churchill, graciously lent to the White House by Great Britain after 9/11. As you may recall, the Churchill sculpture was returned to the British by President Obama when he came into office and ultimately found a home in the residence of the British Ambassador in Washington DC.
At the time, in 2009, this action caused a stir among the Brits with many upset and offended as, needless to say, Winston Churchill is still regarded as a hero and great statesman to most of England and the world. From The Telegraph a London newspaper:
“The 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.”
Over the past three years the story had died down until White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, in an effort to embarrass columnist Charles Krauthammer –who had used the incident as an example of Obama’s attitude towards the British–publicly attacked him by claiming that Charles was fabricating the story and the bust had actually been moved to another location in the white house.
I won’t go into the sorry details because they are all available in Charles’ column, but Winston Churchill happens to be one of my heroes and I was truly upset by President Obama’s unprecedented snub. It appears that White House heroes these days, are not called Winston but rather; Mao, Che, Fidel and Hugo. And now I guess we can add Neville.
Pfeiffer who has been working in overdrive to try and repair the damage caused by his well publicized gaffe, was instrumental in reaching an agreement with the British Government to replace the Churchill bust in the Oval Office with a portrait of former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain entitled “Peace In Our Time”.
Democratic Party insiders are jubilant. A spokesman for David Axelrod stated: “President Obama’s world view is so in sync with that of former Prime Minister Chamberlain that they will both go down in history as true men of peace. After all, the President has already received a Nobel Peace Prize.” Debbie Wasserman Schultz added: “President Obama exemplifies everything the former Prime Minister stood for and is probably the first world leader since Mr. Chamberlain who has demonstrated that appeasing “evil dictators” actually works– so much more sensible than the warlike Mr. Churchill.”
Bill Burton, the former White House Deputy Press Secretary and head of Priorities USA Super PAC, is already planning a campaign ad touting President Obama as a Man of Peace. In it he shows old footage of Chamberlain and Hitler at Munich with a side by side video of President Obama reaching out to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The voiceover states: “Just like Prime Minister Chamberlain President Obama was not afraid to take the first step.”
No word yet from the British who found the Chamberlain portrait in the same warehouse where they are storing President Obama’s state gifts; (1) the DVD collection of the Greatest American Films (not readable on European DVD formats) and (2) the iPod given to the Queen containing his greatest speeches.
Let’s not forget:
With 77 days left until Barack The Pretender gets voted out of office
US National Debt stands at: $15.9 trillion
Unemployment stands at: 15.2 million people
The price of gas is: $3.72 for a gallon of Regular
And that’s the way it is here: a little left of right