Here in the dialectic but not polemical offices of The Curmudgeon, we are amused at the hubub over President Obama’s returning to England a bust of Winston Churchill. The bronze of the former British Prime Minister 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. Figures Bush would hold up a foreigner as his ideal. Couldn’t he think of an American, say, oh…I don’t know…George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, or Theodore Roosevelt come to mind. Ok, so Churchill was an amusing guy and even great in his way, but come on.
But Obama chose instead a bust of Abraham Lincoln, responding to the British offer to keep the Churchill bust with a “Thanks, but no thanks.” Makes sense to me. Besides, there is the little matter that during Churchill’s second premiership that Britain suppressed Kenya’s Mau Mau rebellion. Among Kenyans allegedly tortured by the colonial regime included one Hussein Onyango Obama, the President’s grandfather. So it could be said that Churchill was complacent in the torture of Obama’s Grand Papa. I’d have returned the thing too, a lot less decourously than he did. I would have dropped it out the window and when asked about it, said, “Whoops.”
Nothing against the British, you understand. They are our allies. They are our friends. But they need to chill. Is there a bust of an American at 10 Downing street? I doubt it. So listen up, my English friends. Don’t be so gobsmacked. Keep a stiff upper lip. We still like you. We’re chuffed that you offered to let us keep you admittedly valuable statue of an admittedly great man, but he’s yours–not ours–and we don’t have a place for it right now and thought you might like it back.
We wish you the best…and God save the Queen.
P.S. Oh, yeah. Did you get a load of that picture of Rhianna with her face all beat to hell? I don’t cotton to men beating up women. I’d like to beat the crap out of that no-talent, chicken-shit bastard. Chris Brown says he’s sorry and he’s getting strength from God. Aw, nuts. Ain’t they always looking to God to bail them out? What a maroon!