Friday, July 27, 2012
The Churchill Bust - Fact, or Fiction?
The White today is attempting to debunk something that's been said repeatedly and publicly for a long time...namely that a bust of Winston Churchill, a gift from the UK to Presidet Bush was summarily returned to Britain as one of the first things President Obama did when he moved into the White House.
The story now is that is that it was never returned, but merely moved to the residence, and the White House staff helpfully provides a picture.
This raises several interesting questions.
Back in 2009, even the British press reported that the bust had been returned.A simple search reveals not one but numerous news reports and commentary on the matter. So obviously, the bust indeed went back in 2009.And in the three years since, the White House has never seen fit to refute that. All of a sudden, in the middle of the president's election campaign they ' debunk' this, while President Obama's Republican challenger just happens to be in the UK? What a coincidence!
So what's being shown in the picture? Did the most partisan and contentious president in history request it back from the Brits in time for his re-election campaign? The photo, according to the White House, was taken July 20, 2010 by an official White House photographer - which means it could have been taken last week and no one has any way of knowing differently.
Or was a copy made, especially for this particular spin? Coincided to break while Governor Romney is in the UK?
Given President Obama's famous record for veracity, either explanation works..but personally, I lean towards number 2..which also takes on an additional meaning when referring to what usually seems to be coming out of the White House.
UPDATE: Well, what do you know? Turns out I was right all along.The White house outright lied about this being the same bust that was 'never returned'.
The one PM Blair gave to President Bush was sent back to the UK like a piece of unwanted rubbish, just as I wrote. It was another, similar bust that the White House photographed and misrepresented, gathering dust in the White House backrooms until it was needed to try to create a campaign talking point.
So much for 'conspiracy theories,hmmm?
They'll say and do anything.