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White House Busted!!

The White House incorrectly claimed that a bust of Winston Churchill was not removed from the White House when President Obama moved in, insisting with emphatic certainty that it had simply been moved to the residence but then retracting the assertion.

In a “Fact Check” post added to the White House website Friday, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer scornfully dismissed as “100% false” the “rumor” that Obama had removed the Churchill bust that had presided over the George W. Bush Oval Office and shipped it back to the British.

Turns out Pfeiffer’s was the false statement.

Here is a portion of Pfeiffer’s initial post:

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 . . .

Last year the AP reported that President Obama “replaced the Oval Office fixture with a bust of one of his American heroes, President Abraham Lincoln, and moved the Churchill bust to the White House residence.”

In case these news reports are not enough for Mr. Krauthammer and others, here’s a picture of the President showing off the Churchill bust to Prime Minister Cameron when he visited the White House residence in 2010.

Pfeiffer then provided a White House photo of Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron admiring the Churchill bust in the White House residence.

“Hopefully this clears things up a bit and prevents folks from making this ridiculous claim again,” Pfeiffer sneered.


In what he labeled an “Update” but which is actually a “Correction,” Pfeiffer later added that there are in fact two busts, and the one that was in the Oval Office was indeed removed when Obama took office.


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 White House has had a bust of Winston Churchill since the 1960’s.

At the start of the Bush administration Prime Minister Blair lent President Bush a bust that matched the one in the White House, which was being worked on at the time and was later returned to the residence.  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. The original Churchill bust remained on display in the residence.

The idea put forward by Charles Krauthammer and others that President Obama returned the Churchill bust or refused to display the bust because of antipathy towards the British is completely false and an urban legend that continues to circulate to this day.

Notice what Pfeiffer now says is completely false: “. . . that President Obama returned the Churchill bust or refused to display the bust because of antipathy towards the British.”

Gone is the truculent assertion that the bust that had been in the Oval Office wasn’t removed from the White House. The claim now is merely that Obama doesn’t hate the British.

Missing also is any acknowledgement of what I presume – I know you all will think I’m naïve – was an honest mistake.

As originally stated by those wild rumormongers, the bust is in possession of the British, at their ambassador’s residence in Washington, presumably awaiting return to the Oval Office should Mitt Romney become president.

651 thoughts on “White House Busted!!”

      1. I’ve read this entire thread, and respectfully disagree with most of the people here. I feel like some are misguided, some are wrong and some are right. Some are just humorous. But you, what’s up?, are the most repugnant, nasty, stupid and wrong person on this blog by far. You sir are a waste of molecules that at no time came close to moving this conversation foward. Next time you might want to get mommy’s permission before you get on the computer. ok? ba- bye. And once again – Sit your a** down, respectfully of course.

  1. Is there anyone out there that believes anything this two bit punk says anymore…well, I mean anywhere other than in the MSM which is now little more than the propaganda arm of the Democratic (New Socialist) Party?

  2. Just shows that those who work for this administration are down and out liars or down and out stupid or both. In any case they MUST be shown the door with the November election or as someone else has posted the bust that will have promenance will be Obams own in the oval office while he is there with smaller ones of his favorite people Mao ans Stalin.

  3. Personally, I right now, do not care where the bust is. Come 7 November, most Americans, the British, Israel, and the rest of our real allies will have a maginificent celebration knowing the current WH office holder is going to be replaced come January. We may want to locate the bust for the party.

      1. Ah, “LA”: there are but three “Good guys” left in what’s left of this world. The United States, Israel and what’s left of the British Empire. All three are solid allies, all three seek no harm to the world other than to live in peace, and all three are, as Rhett Butler said as the Yankees took Atlanta and Scarlett wep about “Yankees in Georgia”: All that stands between us and chaos.

        Sober up LA: stand with our allies Israel and What’s Left of the British Empire and be grateful that all three are there to protect humanity from the scourage of tyranny.

        1. Israel is an apartheid state that is actively engaged in the racial cleansing of the Palestinians from their land.

          They are not our friends: they are an economic, strategic and political liability.

          The more than 100 billion dollars of direct aid and many times higher “soft” aid has purchased nothing but a liability. They offer us no economic benefit, no military advantage and no political leverage. In fact, they are on the negative side of the balance sheet in every category.

          1. LA, you fool. Have you been to Israel? I thought not. Do you know that our so called ally, Saudi Arabia, has practiced the Wahabbi Islam tradition of Gender Apartheid. Their gender apartheid is on par with South Africa’s past apartheid policy.

            In Israel, Arabs serve in their Knesset. The only cleansing that has gone on in Israel is the terrorist group, Hamas, and Hezbollah, trying to eradicate the state of Israel. Israel is a modern nation with a thriving populace. Compare that to the abject oppression in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, or even in Iran. Libs are THE most ignorant when it comes to central Asia and Middle eastern politics. Dumb as box of rocks!

      2. Really? How many troops have we sent to Israel? Oh wait, wasn’t it Obama who, without approval of our congress, sent our military assets over to Libya to fight their civil war? And what of Afghanistan? Our military is still mired in that mess, thanks to the Big Zero.

      3. I thought they were fighting our wars for us. Doesn’t it seem strange that all the wars the U.S. has fought since the mid 80s have been IN DEFENSE of Muslims and they still hate us.

  4. You just know that if he could be totally honest, Obama would have a bust of Karl Marx in the Oval Office along with Sayyid Qutb.

    1. Do NOT come into this discussion and mention Aurora like that. Do NOT. I bite my tongue and try to tolerate the “drinking kool-aid” comments simply because I know most people don’t remember, or are too far removed, from the Jonestown tragedy. But you, sir, are mentioning something that just happened, and comparing passionate people to a cold, calculating mass murderer. No. Just stop.

  5. “In what he labeled an “Update” but which is actually a “Correction,” Pfeiffer later added that there are in fact two busts, and the one that was in the Oval Office was indeed removed when Obama took office,” and replaced with a bust of W.C.Feilds who the President felt draws a more striking resemblance to the former Prime Minster the good Mr.Churchill.

  6. I know this is rhetorical, but really: “Is there nothing about which this president and his palace guard will not lie?

    What a blight on the Office of the Presidency the current one and his coterie are!

  7. I am sure it was not by accident that Churchills statue was removed by the FOREIGNER. His mentor growing up FRANK MARSHALL DAVIS, a card carrying anti american commie HATED CHURCHHILL. This fits right in with the FOREIGNERS leftist agenda for america, which is. HATE OUR ALLIES, LOVE OUR ENEMIES and TERRORISTS, BAD is GOOD. Whitie must be stopped as he is holding my people down. Criminals are not guilty, innocent victims are guilty.

    1. Sorry to disappoint you, but it is the White House that is lieing.

      …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.”…

      …A British Embassy spokesman said: “The bust of Sir Winston Churchill by Sir Jacob Epstein was uniquely lent to a foreign head of state, President George W Bush, from the Government Art Collection in the wake of 9/11 as a signal of the strong transatlantic relationship.

      “It was lent for the first term of office of President Bush. When the President was elected for his second and final term, the loan was extended until January 2009.

      “The new President has decided not to continue this loan and the bust has now been returned. It is on display at the Ambassador’s Residence.”

  8. Most of the crap on drudge are lies.

    This blog is nothing but lies.

    Nobody believes a word you say cons.

    Self deport cons.

    1. So that you are clear, Drudge is a news aggregate. He is merely a link to other news stories, not a creator of content.

      I point my finger at you and laugh loud and long at your breath-taking ignorance and at the way you Liberals sputter and snort when you are caught by the truth.

      1. Joe, respectfully, you and I and everyone else waste his/her time trying to engage the Democrats/liberals/leftists with anything, but especially the truth.

        They’re either too intellectually deficient or dishonest to know that all that Matt Drudge is aggregate the news via hotlinks.

        Since that doesn’t fit their narrative of a right-wing, gun-totin’, Holy-Bible-clingin’, America-lovin’, Constitution-supportin’, family-believin’-is-a-marriage-between-a-man-and-woman, proud-to-be-an-American conspirator under every rock, piece of gravel, salt and pepper shakers and more —– well, they just can’t be bothered.

        But one day they will.

  9. There is no end to the lies that this WH puts out on a daily basis. It’s as if no one is listening to what is being said and they get caught every time. How foolish they are looking more and more. November can’t come soon enough.

  10. If they can’t be trusted to tell the truth on this, why should we trust them with anything else? What a den of misfits.

  11. This regime is the most mendacious clowns EVER! The left loves to talk about how Bush “lied” blah, blah, blah, BS and really what they are saying is they have policy differences with Bush. But in this case the Obozo regime just commits one outright lie after another after another.

    As to the stupid assertion by the left that Bush “lied” about WMD, let me correct the record for the terminally stupid. You can’t lie unless you know the absolute truth and then misrepresent it. In the case of the WMD, our intelligence agencies, the UN intelligence agencies, Germany’s, England’s, Israel’s all the way down the line said Saddam had NOT documented his destruction of his WMD stockpiles. Even UNSCOM admitted they were being hustled by the Hussein regime and could not say with any final authority that they had found all the WMD. As it was, over 1000 WMD, from Iran-Iraq War leftovers to pristine artillery WMD shells were found but the Donks and the liberal media screamed that didn’t count since they weren’t out in the field to target our troops. And the lies keep on coming from the left.

    And if you read online the 2002 Joint Congressional Resolution for the Use of American Force in Iraq, you’ll find there were far more justification for going to war against Iraq than just the WMD. Also, the language is clear in that resolution that justification wasn’t merely based on Saddam suspected of having WMD but rather that his regime HAD (past tense) WMD and had not proven he had destroyed them and therefore posed a threat (not an “imminent threat” that was Democrat Jay Rockefeller who said that) to the region.

  12. The plain fact that Obama is a LIER should satisfy everyone. That is Obama’s excuse. So, anything that Obama says is false, PERIOD. This is not a racist remark; it wouldn’t matter if he was yellow, green or purple, a lie is a lie and Obama is a bald faced lier. So..if you are expecting freebies next year, you had better start looking for a JOB. (that’s where you work for income) like ordinary Americans do!!!!

  13. In a later press conference Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “The President thought it was odd that W.C.Fields would be displayed int he oval office when he should be the only clown to occupy the White House?

  14. Obama’s re-election is all Media spin. All credible polling shows Romney ahead everywhere by at least 5 points. The Media is attempting to keep this info away from the people all it can. Those folks who only get their news and daily brainwashing from the networks are totally unaware that Obama is desperate and struggling.

    1. I really believe the Obama White House staff are seriously worried and it is beginning to fall apart, they are indeed worried as they well should be..
      I look forward to the Fall weather, cooler temps, telepromter, people’s spirit will be improved, the Holidays will bring Peace, Cheer, and the return of Christ to Christmas..I’m really hopeful and excited…

  15. What the difference between Obambi and Romney?

    Romney wants to move a bust:

    “Mitt Romney at London fundraiser: “I’m looking forward to the bust of Winston Churchill being in the Oval Office again.”

    Obambi wants to “bust a move”:

    You’re on a mission and you’re wishin’
    someone could cure you’relonely condition
    You’re lookin for love in all the wrong places
    Not finegirls just ugly faces
    From frustration first inclination
    Is to become amonk and leave the situation
    But every dark tunnel has a lighter hope
    Sodon’t hang yourself with a celibate rope
    New movie’s showin… so you’regoin
    Could care less about the five you’re blowin
    Theatre gets dark justto start the show
    When you spot a fine woman sittin in the front row
    She’sdressed in yellow, she says “Hello,
    Come sit next to me you finefellow”
    You run over there without a second to loose
    And what comes next,hey bust a move

    If you want it baby you’ve got it (repeat)
    Just bust amove

    Folks: just counting the days until the Obambians actually DO “bust a move” and get their commie asses back to Chi-town!!!

  16. typical obama type statements…
    what they fail to understand is that AMERICANS have wised up and we understand that the White House has much difficulty in telling the TRUTH..

    they should start with his birthdate, location, and all his locked up history should be made available to the is time to tell the truth…and it is also time for the MSM to wake up…we AMERICANS are wised up to them, as well…all they need to do is look at the latest ratings..

    change will occur on NOV. 6 and we can begin HEALING.

  17. Allow me to retort, on all fronts.

    The bust of Sir Winston was removed and reportedly returned to the British Embassy.

    It was replaced not with a Lincoln bust, but one of Rev. Martin Luther King. Since Obama has “evolved” on the matter of traditional marriage, I am sure that the bronze bust of Rev. King has since “disappeared,” as well.

  18. obama is INCAPABLE of being direct, honest and forthwright.

    obama is a habitual consumate liar and king of deception. He is a thoroughly unlikeable detestful person. It is no wonder that so many people despise obama.

    1. No, we do not need another pedigreed European or American from the blue blood elite.

      We need a person who is willing to govern within the law and under both the language and spirit of the Constitution.

  19. White House caught in another lie. This is the most lying president and WH in history. Problem is, left-tard liberals lie so much they don’t know when they are lying any more.

    “I voted for Obama to prove I was not a racist. Now I wonder who I can vote for to prove I am not an idiot.”…unknown

    “To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist Professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.”…Marxist Obamba

    “When classmates in college asked me just what a community organizer did, I couldn’t answer them directly. Instead ,I’d pronounce the need for change.”…Obamba

    “I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years. Pot had helped,and booze;maybe a little blow when you could afford it.”…Obamba

  20. What scares me more than anything is the level of intelligence of 99% of the posters, and that they can all walk down the street and buy guns!!!
    Scary neighbours we have.

    1. What scares me more than that is the realization that people of your ilk are so ideologically myopic that you are willing to overlook a literal mountain of evidence that your guy, his Administration and your basic political philosophy is deeply and tragically flawed to the core.

      He is a liar, and a bad one at that.

    2. What would you estimate your IQ to be, Mr/Ms Superior? Your spelling indicates you may be in Canada. If so, please stay. Yes, in America, we have the right to have guns. It’s known as the Second Amendment to our Constitution. We’ll still help in time of need. We’ll still defend the defenseless.

    3. Good Neighbor…you are an OWS guy? 99% of the OWS crowd do not know that it is improper to use a police car to defecate on, that it is important to practice personal and group hygiene when camping out for weeks and weeks in public parks, and most of all, that in order to make a living and not be on govt benefits, a person needs to work. There, that is proof that there is intelligent life commenting on this blog.

  21. I have a few words to say about this affair: “Tempest in a Tea Pot” and “Much Ado About NOTHING!” I rate this along with burning flags or kissing babies and fiddling while Rome Burns. Hell, this presidency is murdering our nation before our very eyes. Use the 25th Amendment or something,Congress if you have to. Get him out of there ..NOW!.

  22. Article:

    Barack Obama sends bust of Winston Churchill on its way back to Britain

    By Tim Shipman in Washington

    5:20PM GMT 14 Feb 2009

    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.” [snip]

  23. Shame on You! Don’t You know You are supposed to be making things up about what Mr.Romney did in the third grade instead of reporting on things that Mr.Obama has actually done! What kind of reporter are

  24. 175 days and the moving vans will be arriving at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to remove those freeloaders…can’t wait.

    NØBAMA 2012

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  26. This is just more proof that Barry’s Rangers can’t get out of one lie without stepping into another! Won’t it be nice to have these fools out of power? What a group of goof balls. It’s a real circus from the Clown-in-Chief on down!
    …1/20/13…the end of an error…!

  27. What about American exceptionalism?

    Why would we want a foreigner bust in our white house?

    especially when we had to save his bacon.

    What did Churchill do when he was told about Pearl Harbor?


    Prancing around the room while thousands of our sailors were burning and drowning.

  28. Had this been a bust of Karl Marx there would be no contraversy. Mr. Marx would have been front and center in the Oval Office for everybody to see.

  29. November can’t come quick enough. Obama is the worst president, the most dangerous, and the most blatantly dishonest, that our country has ever seen.

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