“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
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
“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
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