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“Thanks, But No Thanks . . .”

Via this guy [1], proof positive that the neocons are out of power [2]:

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.”

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#1 Comment By malcolm On February 16, 2009 @ 11:05 am

Obama did it out of loyalty to Kenya:

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.

as Brenda Walker at Vdare comments,” Does Obama regard Kenya as a more important ally than Britain? Does he see himself more as a son of Kenya than of America’s British-descended founders? ”

I think we all know the answer to that question.

#2 Comment By WRW On February 16, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

I love these hyper-patriots with their Churchill adoration. Coming from someone whose ancestors shot at the British back in the 1770s-80s and still have the Brown Bess to show for it (back when most neocons kinfolks were still in the “Old Country” for decades to come), didn’t we have a Revolution to get away from these folks? (I guess that was before the neocons hero, Lincoln, overthrew that old regime.)

And while I tempted to characterize Obama’s presumed motive related to Kenya as evidence of his alien loyalties, one could only expect him to reject Churchill in memory of his grandfather. Blood is thicker than water and wider than the Atlantic.

#3 Comment By Bill Pearlman On February 16, 2009 @ 6:59 pm

Most people think that Churchill was the great figure of the 20th century who led England in single handily in holding off the Germans for nearly a year. And most people think that a German victory would have been a bad thing. But, I guess some people don’t.

#4 Comment By Bobby McBride On February 16, 2009 @ 8:04 pm

Where do you expect his adorations to lie? With Washington? Roosevelt? Hamilton? Caesar and Vercingetorix? Vercingetor-who? He doesn’t even know who Lincoln was…..you had better believe ‘alien loyalties’….

#5 Comment By nevrdull On February 17, 2009 @ 3:13 am

bill, where in the above piece (or anywhere else, for that matter) does obama express his disdain for churchill the historical figure, not churchill the bust? you just come here to make up nonsense, don’t you?

#6 Comment By WRW On February 17, 2009 @ 10:04 am

And he has no sense of humor . . .

#7 Comment By Luddite On February 20, 2009 @ 7:47 pm

If only Churchill had responsibility for the torture of Bill’s grandfather then one could only imagine the sublime response the Troll, oops I mean “Bill” would have made.