In what would appear to be a direct rebuff to President Obama’s decision to remove a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office, the House of Representatives will install a newly donated bust of the hallowed British statesman in the Capitol.
The bust, which will be donated by the U.S.-based Churchill Centre, will be located in Statuary Hall alongside great figures in American history.
According to Speaker John Boehner’s office, the bust is being donated as a result of a House Resolution that he authored. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are all expected to attend an unveiling ceremony October 30 that will amount to a slap in the face to the president.
On January 20, 2009, his first day on the job, Obama unceremoniously removed a bust of Churchill from the Oval Office and sent it up the street in Washington to the British embassy. The move is widely seen as symbolic of Obama’s desire to separate himself from Bush and what he sees as the martial character of Bush’s presidency.
Ironically, a Churchill bust will be placed in the Capitol just as Obama is being accused of engaging in some Chamberlainesqe weakness with respect to America’s enemies, particularly Iran. And for Boehner’s part, we may know on October 30 whether, in the current shutdown standoff, he displayed Churchillian backbone or caved to the president.