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Letter to the Editor: Roaming Churchill

To the editor:

Say it isn’t true. Sorry, it really is. The bust of Winston Churchill, who was so powerfully instrumental in helping America, England and all our allies gain victory over our enemies in World War II was disgracefully removed from the White House and sent back to the U.K. in 2008 by newly elected President Obama. What an arrogant and disrespectful slap in the face of Great Britain.

Why, I wonder, would Obama feel resentment toward Churchill? After all, as we living eye witnesses clearly remember from World War II, Winston ruled good, like a prime minister should.

Bill Davis

Hood River

Editor’s note: According to a 2012 New York Times report, the Churchill bust was loaned to President George W. Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center bombings, that killed more than 200 British citizens, along with thousands of U.S. citizens and others. Bush placed the bust in the Oval office and the loan was later extended. Following Obama’s inauguration, he removed the bust from the oval office. However, contrary to reports, he didn’t send it back to Britain. Instead, he placed it in the White House residence, where he showed it to then-Prime Minister David Cameron during a 2010 visit.


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