Slow news day, I’ll admit it. But it seems that in addition to Rep. Eric Cantor’s historically illiterate reverence for Winston Churchill, the great man is now at the center of a mini-tiff between the US and the UK.
After 9/11, as a symbol of the ‘special relationship’ between the US and the UK, Tony Blair loaned a bust
of Churchill from the government’s art collection to President Bush to keep in the Oval Office.
They extended the offer when Obama came into office, as TPM Reader DM just let us know. But the 44th president apparently said that wasn’t necessary and sent Churchill back. For the moment, Churchill is hanging out at the British Ambassador’s residence in DC. And it’s not clear yet when or whether he’ll be traveling back across the Atlantic.
The Brits seem to have their nose bent slightly out of shape over the incident, since Churchill’s bust has now been replaced with one of Abraham Lincoln. They’re trying to decide which if any alternative bust they should send with PM Gordon Brown when comes to DC in early March.