February 15, 2009

Bust Of Winston Churchill No Longer Wanted In Oval Office

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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."

Further down in the article may explain why The One doesn't want it:
Churchill has less happy connotations for Mr Obama than those American politicians who celebrate his wartime leadership. It was during Churchill's second premiership that Britain suppressed Kenya's Mau Mau rebellion. Among Kenyans allegedly tortured by the colonial regime included one Hussein Onyango Obama, the President's grandfather.
Anyone have more info on this please leave in comments. I am curious as to how this news organization had info on The One's grandfather.

Update: Link in comments by Mrs Abe Froman - Barack Obama's grandfather tortured by British.

Thanks, keep em coming.

Update II: Papa Whiskey, in comments, reminds the dates don't jive.

If BHO is peeved at Churchill for his grandpa's incarceration, he appears to have the chronology wrong. The Telegraph says grandpa Obama was "arrested in 1949 and jailed for two years." He would accordingly have been released in 1951, the year Churchill was returned to power (on Oct. 25). The suppression of the Mau Mau didn't get under way in earnest until a state of emergency was declared nearly a year later, on Oct. 20, 1952.
I suppose the Telegraph felt the need to offer an excuse for The One.

By Stable Hand at 07:02 PM | Comments |