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Churchill bust story is a myth: White House

Romney said that if voted to power,he would bring back the bust to the Oval office of the White House.

Written by Agencies | Washington | Published: July 31, 2012 12:39:54 pm

White House refuted the story circulating around,that the US President Barack Obama has returned the bust of Winston Churchill to the United Kingdom,saying,it is a myth.

“It is almost like a bad Sherlock Holmes script,right? The Case of the Missing Winston Churchill Bust ,” the White

House Deputy Press Secretary,Josh Earnest,told reporters .

“There is a myth floating in some of the darker corners of

the Internet that suggests that upon taking office,the

President went out of his way to snub the British people by

prematurely returning the bust of Winston Churchill that had

occupied a prominent place in the Oval Office under the

previous President.

That’s not true,” earnest clarified. The bust,he said,was loaned to the previous President George W Bush by the British government.

“As is customary,at the conclusion of President Bush’s

term and before President Obama entered the Oval Office,the bust was returned to the British embassy,” he noted.

“What hasn’t changed are two things: one,the President’s

priority and value that the President places on our special

relationship with the United Kingdom,and two,the location of the prominently placed Winston Churchill bust in the White House residence,” he said.

A picture of this was posted on the White House website in

which Obama was showing off the Churchill bust to Prime

Minister David Cameron when he visited the US in March.

“Have we settled the case of the missing Winston Churchill

bust? I hope so,” he said.

Following a news story in this regard last week,Mitt

Romney,the presumptive Republican nominee had said in London that if voted to power in the November elections,he would bring back the bust to the Oval office of the White House.

“I’m looking forward to the bust of Winston Churchill being in the Oval Office again,” Romney told a crowd of about

250 people at a Thursday evening fundraiser at the Mandarin

Oriental Hotel following a day of meetings with current and

former British leaders.

In a blog the Dan Pfeiffer,a top Obama advisor said,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,” he wrote.

“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,” he wrote.

“The idea put forward by (Washington Post’s) 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,” Pfeiffer

added.

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