Disappointing Office Seeker
Barack Obama’s banishment of a Churchill bust from the Oval Office was a signature moment in his presidency, the disrespecting of our special relationship with Britain and source of endless mock conservative head-scratching, who wondered why anyone might be cool towards the beloved Winnie.
Some hearts thrilled.
Friday came word that everybody had it all wrong, the bust never left the White House, and rested in a place of great honor.
But, sadly, no.
Rather then own up to their imperial blusterer banishment, the Obama White House tried to be cute, and got caught. Two Churchill busts by the same sculpture have had a spot in the White House, one remains, and the Bush related one lives at the British embassy.
So Obama hadn’t taken a stand against imperialism, delivered a rebuke to Tony Blair’s Bush Poodle-ism, or spared the nation from Churchillian blowhard-ism.
They dodged, made no one happy, and have now reinvigorated one of the right’s stale talking points which live in endless repetition on World Net Daily.
Just when Mitt Romney’s bumptious London visit had displayed the the stupid pretension of the Churchill cult, the hearty iteration of Newt Gingrich’s “Kenyan, anti-colonial” crack-pottery.
Remember, Remember The Eleventh Of September
The George W. Bush Presidential Library has no building yet, but in our up to the minute virtual world they’ve begun filling the Internets with thoughtful reminders of the glorious Bush Era.
The Library website has an exciting 9-11 look-back slide-show, featuring our hero on the phone,
and staring urgently.
All of our old friends are there:
even good old Pervez Musharraf.
And never forget: we invaded for the children!
I’d forgotten former New York Governor George Pataki was with Bush on the rubble mound
in NYPD drag, anticipating the butch look Bush would sport the next seven years.
The departing administration’s list of presidential gifts from foreigners is itself a delight, revealing some gifters’ self images, or at least how they’d like to be seen.
Famed Bush poodle Tony Blair presented the President with a classic dog whistle, a Wedgwood bowl inscribed with the words ‘‘Am I Not a Man and a Brother?’.’ This was a slogan of the 18th Century British abolitionist movement organized by Christian evangelical heartthrob William Wilberforce, engraved by Wedgwood at the time on bowls. medallions and tchotskies to promote the cause.
It’s an almost too perfect replication of the two men’s publicly presented self image, believing Christians setting out to do right in the world for the benighted swarthies, a reminder of sunlit days when caring whites could run the abolitionist movement before all those colored people got involved.
Bonus Fun Fact: Wedgwood ended the year filing for bankruptcy.