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President Obama returns bust of Sir Winston Churchill back to Britain

Original post made by WOW, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Aug 8, 2009

Why would he do this? The UK is our greatest ally. It is really more curious why the main stream media (MSM) didn't report on this. I am embarrassed by my president.

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 8, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Obama did WHAT? Oh it is ON now!


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Posted by Somewhere
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 8, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing it's idiot...


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Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 8, 2009 at 10:56 pm

PToWN94566 is a registered user.

Honestly, if the American people are going to through a fit over some sculpture, then it's only fit to see why our country has been in turmoil. There are more important things to worry about than some "head" that just sat on a desk. It was given to Bush, and seeing that he's out of office, the Brits' shouldn't take it back with a grain of salt. Also, how is this "un-American" if we're supposed to be the land of the free? I think the president should have a choice over whether or not he wants to keep something on his desk, put it in storage to collect dust (and god forbid he do that and then we find out years later that rats gnawed on it), or simply give it back so someone else can use it.


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Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 8, 2009 at 10:57 pm

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Correction- should take it back...


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Posted by I disagree with PT
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 8, 2009 at 11:15 pm

"...this act seems so very…un-American, strange, and unbecoming of a U.S. President when one considers the weight and history behind that connection, which is best symbolized by Sir Winston Churchill."

You don't throw just an amazing gesture of Britain, considering the history of SWC. You just don't "give it back". This has nothing to do with America as a free nation - and Obama's rights. This has everything to do with his ridiculous misunderstanding of the fundamental relationship between the United States and our best friends the United Kingdom.

It was either an uniformed and humiliating mistake on the part of Obama, or a telling and chilling foreshadowing of what is to become of our relationship with our best ally.

Listen, man, what if your parents were given a gift from good friends. When your parents died, and you were left in charge of the estate, would you give the gift back?

This incredible gift on behalf of the Brits after what our nation suffered on 9/11, and also knowing what SWC meant to us, was something "on loan" in name only. It was an absolute gift in name of solidarity - incredibly thoughtful - and Obama gave it back? He apparently doesn't even use the Oval office outside of meetings - preferring another little office to work in - so what was it to him? Maybe he was worried SWC's wisdom would get to him?

What an a$$.


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danbury Park
on Aug 8, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Posted by PToWN94566, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, 18 minutes ago
PToWN94566 is a member (registered user) of Pleasanton Weekly

"Honestly, if the American people are going to through a fit over some sculpture..."

Over some sculpture?

Wow, that is one way to think of it.


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Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2009 at 12:21 am

PToWN94566 is a registered user.

If my parents owned some miraculous statue that was given to them and they died, if I didn't want it I'd sell it. Which if you think about it, there are these things called estate sales that I'm sure you've heard of. No use it keeping something that someone doesn't want.

Web Link

Super long link, but there's a picture of it.


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Posted by M
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 9, 2009 at 2:34 am

Quite odd indeed.


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Posted by mary
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 9, 2009 at 8:45 am

PT you dismay me. Sending it back is only an ill-prepared, non-statesman-like response. It could have easily been moved to another location, honor being kept, and Obama could have saved face. This man, Obama, continues to show he's a bull in a china shop and politics aren't run well by bulls.

<tsk tsk> to both of you.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 9, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Obama sure loves to nag, therefore he is a nagger.


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Posted by Really?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2009 at 8:29 am

"A White House spokesperson says the Churchill bust was removed before Obama's inauguration as part of the usual changeover operations, adding that every president puts his own stamp on the Oval Office."

"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."

Obama now has the bust of Lincoln in its place. I see this as a fitting tribute to the 200th year anniversary of his birth and to an amazing American president. Each President decorates the Oval Office to their taste. Don't you remember the "camera event" when Bush stripped the room after Clinton left office.



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Posted by Rae
a resident of Mohr Park
on Aug 10, 2009 at 9:00 am

In the words of Mr. T, "I pity the poor fool" who feels that, of all the real issues facing Americans today, the return of a piece of statuary to its rightful owner is worthy of notice, let alone discussion.


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Posted by Citizen 2
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2009 at 1:20 pm

"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."

It was a LOAN, which means one returns it when the LOAN period has expired.

Geesh! A segment of the media will seize upon anything these days in an attempt to make Obama look unpolished and uncouth.


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Posted by Classy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2009 at 3:42 pm

"Britain wants President Obama to put a bronze bust of Sir Winston Churchill back in the Oval Office, where it stood for the past eight years as a symbol of an enduring special relationship with America..."

"The bronze was lent to George Bush by Tony Blair in 2001 from the Government Art Collection..." and "was due to be returned. However, a spokesman for the British Embassy in Washington said yesterday: “WE HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT WE WOULD BE PLEASED TO EXTEND THE LOAN..."

(Hint, hint...)

This was likely never intended to be reclaimed by the Brits with out mutual admiration and iron support. Obama acts like he was raised by wolves without any basic etiquette training. Perhaps he should appoint an "Etiquette Czar", then maybe he wouldn't bungle such important relationships (Britain), elevate ones that shouldn't be (Iran, Venezuela, etc), or call out the police as "stupid".

Classy.


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Posted by Classy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Correction: This was likely never intended to be reclaimed by the Brits with ouR


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Posted by Piece of work
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2009 at 5:26 pm

You have got to be kidding me!

This is the first I heard about this. I just read the article. Why couldn't he have just moved it to another place in the White House if he preferred the Lincoln statue? What, not enough space?? I had an aunt who was getting on in years but faithfully visited us. Whenever she came for a visit, my wife would make sure she put out the awful and gaudy things my aunt would send over the years. We hated her taste, but even we knew it was important to make her feel good. It's called respect.

Why did the media try and cover this one up? He's one piece of work.


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Posted by Rest
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 10, 2009 at 5:37 pm

You folks do not have the whole picture, nor are you interested in the correct story on this!

Have at it and have fun!


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Posted by To rest
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Would you care to enlighten us with your "side" of the story, or do you just prefer to throw random statements of judgement out without any factual basis?

Obama is an A$$


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