Batting For the EU and playing the race card

Something mysterious happened when Barack Obama entered the Oval Office in 2009.

Something vanished from that room, and no one could quite explain why.  It was a bust of Winston Churchill – the great British war time leader. It was a fine goggle-eyed object, done by the brilliant sculptor Jacob Epstein, and it had sat there for almost ten years.

But on day one of the Obama administration it was returned, without ceremony, to the British embassy in Washington. No one was sure whether the President had himself been involved in the decision.  Some said it was a snub to Britain. Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan President’s ancestral dislike of the British empire – of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender.  Some said that perhaps Churchill was seen as less important than he once was. Perhaps his ideas were old-fashioned and out of date.

Well, if that’s why Churchill was banished from the Oval Office, they could not have been more wrong.

Boris in The Sun

Funny how all the pro-EU lobby pick out one remark out of many, and a remark that wasn’t one that Boris claimed to think himself, he was merely reporting various motivations for Obama, if it was him, and it was, to remove the Churchill bust.

 

 

 

The BBC isn’t too bothered with nuances or indeed truth….they just lay into Boris for his ‘racism’ as much as any other pro-EU, partisan, self-interested party.  The idea of course is to distract you from what Boris had to say about the hopeless EU regime…how many people just know about these claims of racism against Boris and never read the whole article in The Sun?  Any thoughts that this is just a highly politicised attack on Boris from the EU’s useful idiots? Shame the independent, honest and trusted BBC joins in with the anti-Boris slurs……

The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg seems just a little too pleased at this…

Downing Street is cockahoop tonight, not just because of President Obama’s backing for the Remain campaign, but because of his elegant slapdown of Boris Johnson.

Mr Johnson raised eyebrows by referring to the president’s Kenyan roots, questioning whether that meant he had Britain’s best interests at heart. He also reminded Sun readers that Mr Obama had removed a bust of Churchill from the Oval Office, a story that didn’t escape the British press at the time.

Mr Johnson’s comments were branded offensive and insensitive by many but the president didn’t resort to even mentioning them. Instead, he spoke about how much he loved Winston Churchill, and why he had moved the bust of the former prime minister to his private residence, where he sees it every day.

The president didn’t just back the prime minister’s case, but smoothly and – without breaking a sweat – took the most well-known leader of the Leave campaign down a peg or two.

Kuenssberg is either in love with Obama or the EU, maybe both.  Boris is not in the race it seems.  Not much ‘journalism’ there…..just salacious tittle-tattle, inuendo and ‘smears’ of her own…note how Kuenssberg gets it wrong about the bust in the corridor…it was never in the Oval Office.

The BBC targets Boris even more obviously with this attempt to link Boris to racism and smears….

Obama hits back at Boris Johnson’s alleged smears

US president Barack Obama has hit back after Boris Johnson’s comments about his “part-Kenyan” ancestry.

Mr Johnson said the removal of a bust of Churchill from Obama’s office was seen by some as a sign of an “ancestral dislike of the British Empire”.

The comments in article for The Sun were branded “idiotic” and “deeply offensive” by Churchill’s grandson.

Mr Obama made clear his admiration for Britain’s wartime leader in pointed remarks at a press conference.

He did not mention Mr Johnson by name but said he had a bust of Churchill outside the Treaty Room – his private office on the second floor of his official residence.

Note the BBC only later admits that Soames is on the Pro-EU side and one of Churchill’s busts was removed from the Whitehouse……

A Churchill bust lent to President George Bush by Tony Blair was removed from the Oval Office along with other art lent to the Bush presidency after Mr Obama’s 2009 inauguration “as is common practice at the end of every presidency”, the White House said at the time.

Boris was right…the bust of Churchill was removed from the Oval Office and sent back to the British embassy…but a second one remains…in a corridor at the White House.  Boris only referred to the bust with pride of place in the Oval Office in his piece….a reference made by all the media when the bust was removed.

As for complete facts..is it Boris or the White House that got it wrong?…here’s the White House telling it like it isn’t….

Fact Check: The Bust of Winston Churchill

Summary:
The bust of Winston Churchill has a prominent place in the White House — in the Residence, outside the Treaty Room.

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.

Hopefully this clears things up a bit and prevents folks from making this ridiculous claim again.

Except no it doesn’t….the bust being talking about, from the Oval Office, was sent back to the British embassy….as the same person has to admit in a later update….

Update:

Since my post on the fact that the bust of Winston Churchill has remained on display in the White House, despite assertions to the contrary, I have received a bunch of questions — so let me provide some additional info….The version lent by Prime Minister Blair was displayed by President Bush until the end of his Presidency.  On January 20, 2009 — Inauguration Day — all of the art lent specifically for President Bush’s Oval Office was removed by the curator’s office, as is common practice at the end of every presidency.

I’m sure the British government would have allowed Obama to keep hold of Churchill had he wanted to…as the Telegraph reports…

Barack Obama has sent Sir Winston Churchill packing and pulse rates soaring among anxious British diplomats.

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.”

So Obama dumped Churchill…he admits he removed it to make way for one of Martin Luther King…

“There are only so many tables where you can put busts otherwise it starts to looks a little cluttered.”

As the first African American president, he said, a bust of Martin Luther King would be “appropriate”, to remind him “of all the hard work of a lot of people who somehow allow me to have the privilege of holding this office”.

 What about the ‘controversy’ about those comments about Obama’s ‘part-Kenyan’ ancestry’?  Boris was laying out a list of other people’s arguments as to why the bust had been removed…and as Martin Luther King replaced him and Obama made specific reference to race as to the reason he chose that bust race is an issue raised by Obama himself ….and a bit hypocritical of the Guardian to attack Boris…London mayor under fire for remark about ‘part-Kenyan’ Barack Obama when in 2009 they themselves asked this…

Could Obama’s dual colonial heritage spell the end of the special relationship?

…And went on to say exactly what Boris said…

Earlier this week it was noted that the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, in describing Gordon Brown’s visit to the White House, appeared to demote the two countries’ “special relationship” to merely a “special partnership”.

That phrase, “special relationship”, was coined by Winston Churchill, whose bronze bust, sculpted by Sir Jacob Epstein, was prominently displayed in the Oval Office. When Obama moved in, the statuette was politely returned to the British embassy as surplus to decorative requirements.

When the bust was removed from the White House the BBC of course sided with Obama explaining that Obama was “looking forward not backward”.  Which is why he put a bust of long dead MLK on his desk instead….perhaps that is why he titled his memoir… ‘Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance’.

When both the Guardian and the BBC report this tripe as if it were an honest comment you know we are being lied to..

Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell called for Mr Johnson to withdraw his comment, writing on Twitter: “Mask slips again. Boris part-Kenyan Obama comment is yet another example of dog whistle racism from senior Tories.”

 

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6 Responses to Batting For the EU and playing the race card

  1. Deborahanother says:

    Boris can take it.I hope he doesn’t apologise he’s said nothing out of place.

    They will do all they can to demonise Boris and therefore deflect from the utter disgrace of a failed president lecturing the British.I put him in the same category as Richard Branson lecturing us from the sanctuary of his Caribbean Island.Hypocrites. Follow the money of who wants us in the EU.Cheap labour and free money for banks and corporations .Wait until the bail ins start. Its only a matter of time. More middle class mugging down the line.

    I used to make allowances for David Cameron thinking that at least he was aConservative but after the referendum whatever the outcome I have vowed never to vote again unless a Trump like character emerges.Farage is partly that but still too close to the establishment.

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  2. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    I didn’t realise that Churchill was unpopular in Kenya.

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  3. boohanna says:

    If Churchill hadn’t continued the fight the way he did it would not be unreasonable to suppose that there is every chance that Hitler would have succeeded in his attack on Russia as every resource could be devoted to it’s destruction. Then quite possibly to dominate the world.

    I wonder if black lives would matter then?

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  4. Guest Who says:

    Maybe the PM could be prevailed upon by the state broadcaster to comment on this, given the remit to provide impartial information and education:

    Some interesting comments so far.

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    • Grant says:

      Well, I have connections with Turkey going back about 50 years and lived in istanbul for 2 years when that bastard Erdogan was Mayor. I would not necessarily jump to conclusions , but , if this is religiously motivated, Erdogan has gone further than any previous President. Of course, Mad Merkel will be the first to condemn it. It goes without saying that Ataturk would be turning in his mausoleum. Turkey and the West could do with that great man now.

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  5. Philip_2 says:

    Yes it’s a development that will spread across the EU. It been hard on France that was once a very Catholic country and I have fond memories of the little roadside shrines and stone churches that the locals frequented. Now I guess the French Police would automatically remove all ‘religious’ sentiment from public roads. The Muslim populations are not far short of burning down inner city churches and making whole areas ‘unsafe’ for pensioners or families not conditioned by a series of socialist government promoting Islam as equal to (if not better than what was once a peaceful and tranquil social is being slowly destroyed.). It is mindless barbarism. We have seen before in our history books what happens next. Its just a damn shame that this has all come about due entirely to the EU wholsesale adoption of Islam into European sentiment and culture. It won’t mix, it won’t work and the future is uncertain. Turkey is a barbaric country and we have imported all the problems and practices of backward undemocratic nations and called it EU integration. The future has never been so uncertain, there is NO FUTURE for any of us Brits in the EU (Catholic or Church of England -what’s left of it will be ‘surrendered’ or die.

    Just to sum up the despair I share with the EU, I am listening to a podcast of a UKIP MEP. On the dangers, the life and strategy the EU has embarked on. Stephen Woolfe is very good speaker and he may not state ‘Turkey is dangerous’ because the whole EU is at critical point of implosion or explosion. Turkey gets what it wants from the EU.

    http://www.radiofreeuk.org/blogs/boo/2016/04/15/stephen-woolfe-ukip-mep-betteroffout/

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