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Mitt Romney So Angry About Bust Of Churchill Still Being In The White House Just Like Always, We Guess

These are Obama's and Cameron's buttsSo this is a thing that idiot bloggers love to write about, how Barack Obama insulted the Queen by hurling the bust of Winston Churchill right at her vagina, instead of keeping it forever, for ‘bating on. And Mitt Romney, who takes all his cues from Ghost Andrew Breitbart these days, tried to make it a thing too, yesterday, after Day One of his National Lampoon European Vacation. “Blah blah blah,” he said, flop-sweatily, “You live here, you see the sites day in and day out, but for me as I drive past the sculpture of Winston Churchill and see that great sculpture next to Westminster Abbey and Parliament and with him larger than life, enormous heft of that sculpture suggesting the scale of the the grandeur and the greatness of the man, it tugs at the heart strings to remember the kind of example that was led by Winston Churchill.” And he will return that bust to where it belongs! America! Except what? The bust of Winston Churchill is still in the White House, just like always? Because the entire thing is made up, again? How weird.

From the White House Fact Check blog:

Lately, there’s been a rumor swirling around about the current location of the bust of Winston Churchill. Some have claimed that President Obama removed the bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office and sent it back to the British Embassy.

Now, normally we wouldn’t address a rumor that’s so patently false, but just this morning the Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer repeated this ridiculous claim in his column. He said President Obama “started his Presidency by returning to the British Embassy the bust of Winston Churchill that had graced the Oval Office.”

This is 100% false. The bust still in the White House. In the Residence. Outside the Treaty Room.

News outlets have debunked this claim time and again. First, back in 2010 the National Journal reported that “the Churchill bust was relocated to a prominent spot in the residence to make room for Abraham Lincoln, a figure from whom the first African-American occupant of the Oval Office might well draw inspiration in difficult times.” And just in case anyone forgot, just last year the AP reported that President Obama “replaced the Oval Office fixture with a bust of one of his American heroes, President Abraham Lincoln, and moved the Churchill bust to the White House residence.”

But he took it out of the Oval Office! And put it in the residence instead! Inpeach, etc., posthaste and at once. Verily, and forsooth.

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  1. Madfall

    Churchill's shade wouldn't give a flying toss about what Mittens or Breitbart thought of him.

    1. Dr_pangloss

      He'd have a puff of his cigar, take a swig of scotch ala Hitchens and tell those arseholes to take a flying leap from the cliffs of Dover.

      1. sullivanst

        He'd probably nod approvingly of their unshakeable belief in their inherent superiority over blah people though. Colonialist motherfucker that he was.

          1. sullivanst

            I presume that "anti" snuck in by force of habit, since it was Churchill that sent in the troops to put down the Mau Mau rebellion. White supremacist bastard was of the opinion that being "civilized" by the British was the best thing that ever happened to the blahs.

    1. actor212

      "We shall fuck them on the beaches. We shall fuck them on the landing grounds. We shall fuck them in the fields and in the streets. We shall fuck them in the hills."

  2. actor212

    I really wish Obama would brag more about what he does, instead of assuming that he's dealing with FUCKING ADULTS ON THE RIGHT.

    The First Choom moved it closer to his bedroom. This is a problem…how?

  3. weejee

    Understand the Brits are going to add a roast to the opening of the games tonight. As their runners come into the facility, look inside the giant stadium torch and you'll see Mittens tied to a stake. Let the games begin, whoosh.

    1. rmjagg

      he'll be the coat rack for their jockstraps , after they cut his hair off and bikini wax his head ….

  4. nounverb911

    "Mitt Romney, who takes all his cues from Ghost Andrew Breitbart these days,"
    Is Mitt planning to visit Breitbart anytime soon?

  5. Grief_Lessons

    It's refreshing when Mitt's errors are due to mere ignorance, rather than ideologically blinkered hatred of the poors.

  6. worrytron

    Wasn't Winston Churchill palling around with FDR and Stalin? Is Mitt Romney a communist sympathizer? I'm just asking questions, here.

    1. kittensdontlie

      I had just assumed that the NoBamas rummaged through the White House and scrapped any useless old metal for some easy cash. I am glad to know I was correct.

      1. JohnnyQuick

        Say what you will about the Tenets of National Socialism, Dude, but it's more of a philosophy than Krauthammer's ever had.

  7. Tequila Mockingbird

    "An empty taxi arrived at 10 Downing Street, and when the door was opened, Mitt Romney got out."

    "I wish Mitt Romney no ill, but it would have been much better if he had never lived."

    "Mitt Romney occasionally stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened."

    "Mitt Romney looked at foreign affairs through the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe."

    Hey, this Winston Churchill guy was pretty funny!

    1. sullivanst

      When teetotaler Mitt complain of Churchill's drunkenness, he famously replied "I may be drunk, Mitt, but in the morning I will be sober, and you will still be stupid."

    2. Charlie_Foxtrot

      "The thing about the internet is, you can't be sure someone really said what is attributed to them."
      — Winston Churchill

    3. Charlie_Foxtrot

      Mitt: "If I were PM of England, I would give you poison in your brandy."
      Churchill: "Sir, if you were PM of England, I would drink it."

      "I am confident that Mitt Romney will be remembered as one of the worst presidential candidates in history. I have this confidence because I intend to write that history."
      — Winston Churchill

      "The thing about the internet is, you can't be sure someone really said what is attributed to them."
      — Winston Churchill

    1. kakotechnia

      Mitt Romney: Sure, you're white, but are you white enough? (Seriously, I have always considered myself the queen of pasty, but apparently Celt-Normand is the new blah)

  8. Tundra Grifter

    Black folks move into The White House and the first thing they do is rearrange the furniture.

    The only surprising thing about this story is that the right wing nutz didn't accuse the Obamas of stealing the color tv's.

      1. kakotechnia

        To double up with "Since we don't have the REAL BIRFCERTIFICATE, that means no one knows who fathered Michelle's children!!1!! PRINCETON WELFARE MOM!

  9. Boojum

    Oh God, will it never end?

    Just this morning, whilst on the telephone device with a shoppe in England, I felt obliged to extend America's heart-felt sorrow for inflicting this Romney chap on them.

    1. CrunchyKnee

      Wow, you didn't just send a letter to the Prussian Consulate in Siam by Aeromail. Too late for the 4:30 Auto-Gyro, eh?

      1. Boojum

        It was entirely Inconvenient to purchase a tikkut on the Autogyro. Perhaps, on the next Occasion of Mr. Romney's unfortunateocity, I shall have no Choice.

      2. Willardbot9000_V2.5

        Ye verily thou doth tooketh thine saccarine tyme betwixt thine pithy repostes? A pox on thee!

  10. memzilla

    Churchill said it about the Nazis; I'll quote it on behalf of us Wonketteers, and say it applies to the Rethuglicans:

    “What kind of people do they think we are? Is it possible they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget?”

  11. OneYieldRegular

    In the residence?!?!? I'm simply aghast. What's he done now with the bust of LENIN?

  12. Chet Kincaid

    Mitt Romney keeps a bust of his father in a storage closet, where he does not have to feel sharp stabs of shame and unworthiness at its reproachful gaze.

    1. miss_grundy

      After hearing his son yesterday, I have some real doubts about George Romney. Was his son raised by wolves…. or because they lived here in Michigan, wolverines???????????

  13. coolhandnuke

    A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
    –Winston Churchill

  14. Rosie_Scenario

    That sentence is quite the word salad. Is Sarah Palin giving Mitt elocution lessons?

    1. OneYieldRegular

      He was joking, right? Because that is a dead-on Palin impersonation if I've ever read one.

  15. le petit mort

    What's the over/under to some Breitbart or Drudge link as to how the Obamas use said bust to hang their nickers or something? Or Bo the Dog giving it the ole yellow wash? A day? Two?

  16. Jerri

    "…larger than life, enormous heft of that sculpture suggesting the scale of the the grandeur and the greatness of the man, it tugs…"

    Translation: Churchill was fat.

    Also, Mittens is a secret chubby chaser.

  17. weejee

    Does Rmoney realize that a reasonable Churchill take on Mittens' (and the other 0.1%ers) missing tax returns could be:

    Never was so much owed by so few to so many

  18. cheetojeebus

    Several things come to mind, but candied rat dicks baked into little macaroons bare mentioning as an amuse-bouche with tea.

    1. ChernobylSoup

      Thanks for that. I leaving for my hour-long commute now so will have to catch up on the DVR. The Brits really need to learn how to time things better.

  19. Wilcoxyz

    Romney is trying to recover assets his administration can sell in order for Bain, I mean his management team, I mean his administration can use to pay themselves exorbitant management fees. He already knows you can load the government with huge debt in a takeover.

  20. rickmaci

    Breitfart, Krauthummer and Twitt Romoney; a lethal combination of mendacity, ignorance and greed.

  21. SayItWithWookies

    Well if there was any doubt that Mitt was the second coming of Dubya, this Churchill fetishism as well as his offensive behavior and inept speech (led an example? Really?) should set all of that aside. Romney is really ten pounds of pus in a five-pound boil.

    1. TavariousChinaSmith

      Romney = Dubya x Reagan / Palin. Oh sorry, I forgot you can't divide by zero.

  22. MissTaken

    If we dug up the Ghost of Winston Churchill he would be quite pleased to have a permanent spot in the Residence with 4 fine ladies (can't forget our First Granny!) instead of stuck in the Oval Office listening to Barry order drone strikes day in and day out.

  23. JustPixelz

    Winston Churchill:

    I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place.

    BTW I found this on (where it was praised of course). Now I need Silkwood shower.

    1. SorosBot

      But we're supposed to ignore the fact that Churchill was a racist and colonialist asshole and just praise him for his role in WWII.

      1. savethispatient

        And don't forget that he invented the concept of gassing the Kurds, many moons before a certain Mr Hussein did it.

    2. bibliotequetress

      Yup, this is how he justified trying to retain Kenya and Malaya. Churchill was an effective wartime PM and a mediocre to poor and very bitter peacetime PM.

  24. MissTaken

    I am completely offended by that picture. Cameron's butt is taking up all the prime viewing space leaving Obama's fine ass just a profile. Horrible.

  25. docterry6973

    Yeah, Churchill was such a fragile flower that any bruise might have carried him off. Besides, the Brits loved him so much that they voted him out as soon as the war ended. So spare me.

  26. Antispandex

    Ok, we kicked the crap out of the royals and their army over two hundred years ago. Since then we have had to bail them out, twice, in the twentieth century. We have sacrificed millions of people so the Brits can say, "There will always be an England". So even IF, and I am saying IF, the statue were in the Lincoln outhouse, that should be fine with just about everyone.

  27. Blueb4sinrise

    BBC Olympic Update

    Frank [Turner…..singer ????] is standing on a hillside with his band on higher brows of the hill.

    A group of milkmaids ran down the side of the tor during his performance….

    a 'tor' is … is a large, free-standing residual mass (rock outcrop) that rises abruptly from the surrounding smooth and gentle slopes of a rounded hill summit or ridge crest.

    1. TribecaMike

      I thought a tor was a made up word invented by crossword puzzle constructors to save their asses right before deadline.

  28. Steverino247

    Just posted to the ABC News site:

    "Why don’t you put a reporter and camera on that bust 24/7 with breathless updates at the top of every hour and newscast about how it’s still there? Republican operatives lying about this and nearly everything else about this President’s administration and ABC News is there to repeat these lies word-for-word. If you can’t do any better than this, you should just go off the air."

    Steverino247 strikes again! Nyah, ha, ha!

      1. Steverino247

        If you want to stop the Vietnam War, put it on ABC and it will be cancelled in 13 weeks.

  29. chascates

    But where is the golden bust of Ronald Reagan? We DO have one don't we, as he is our 'Churchill'?

    1. JohnnyQuick

      Have you been to DC lately? In the last decade or so the GOP has gone crazy naming shit after that guy, trying to scare the blahs into thinking that his racist ass will rise from the grave.

      1. bibliotequetress

        JohnnyQuick, meet the Reagan Legacy Project. For about 15 years, they have agitated to get Bonzodaddy's name slapped on anything that doesn't move out of the way first. They are the folks behind "The Reagan Sea" or "The Sea Of Reagan" (filled with brown hair dye and orange pancake makeup) or whatever the hell Issa's calling it.
        Anyhoo, they are a stealthy bunch and want to get Reagan's name on something in each state, particularly targeting states which have remained happily Reaganless.
        A few years ago, they eyed Massachusetts. Would you like to spend a moment speculating on how popular Reagan was in Massachusetts? Good. Their timing was poor because it coincided with the Bush Jr presidency AND, serendipitously, the installation of new public toilets on the Boston Common and downtown. I mention Bush because the political climate in MA could be described at that time as "seethingly angry." So of course the petition started to christen the toilets Ron and Nancy and beat the Legacy folks to the punch. While nothing came of it, to the best of my knowledge eastern MA remains unreaganed. Don't know about western MA. Fun fact: Grover "Gaseous Pig" Norquist, child of uberwhite ultrarich Boston suburb Weston, started the Legacy Project. Which made the Legacy Toilet Project extra fun.

  30. SorosBot

    Wingnuts of course love Churchill, and try to give him sole credit for winning World War II, since they can't give credit to the Russians what with the communism, or to Roosevelt because he was a big-government liberal whose great triumphs in both the war and ending the Great Depression they like to lie about and claim he didn't do.

  31. Monsieur_Grumpe

    Well it’s not like they drilled a few holes in Winston and moved him to the public restroom to be used as a toilet paper dispenser although that would be pretty cool.

  32. timbo71351

    I love how the White House called out that shitbag Krauthammer by name. If I ever get the chance, I'm tipping him out of the wheelchair, kicking him in the ribs and pissing on him.

    1. miss_grundy

      Just use a remote control on his wheelchair and make it go into traffic. Some driver will take care of him, for sure.

  33. kakotechnia

    Hey British Wonkets? Could you do (or encourage a more enterprising to do) a quick headcount of your fellow Britishes that are worried about ol Winston, and the terrible afront to his actual moldering body represented in sculptural form? Is it a mau-mauing? Or is it a supercalafragalisticexpiali-mau mauing?

  34. Mumbletypeg

    Kraut to editorial staff, re the bustflap: "Well if I'd known where it wasn't, sure, I'd have have wasted less time and spent more effort on the stirring gift to lettres my writing isn't!

  35. actor212

    OT: Holy fucking shit! This opening ceremony is about as depressing as a Bush third term!

    Smoke stacks! Factory smoke stacks!

  36. Schmegeg

    When thinking of Winston at the White House, it is better to remember him knocking about the residence in 1942 and 1943, with a glass or four of his favorite beverage, reading the morning dispatches in extreme commando dress, and otherwise being one of the more interesting historical figures anywhere.

    Or you can fuss about a cement head. Since most Republicans more resemble a cement head, you know where their interest is.

  37. savethispatient

    I'll use this as an excuse to air my favourite (probably made-up) Churchill story:
    Two male soldiers have been caught together in flagrante in a park the previous night.
    Churchill: It was cold last night, wasn't it?
    Aide: Yes, well below freezing.
    Churchill: Makes you proud to be British, doesn't it?

      1. savethispatient

        The joke being he was impressed that the British soldiers had the ability to perform in such cold weather.

  38. kakotechnia

    His campaign themes seem to be running together: Mitt Romney–Plausible deniability is just another way of saying you could be persuaded that I don't know what the fuck is happening.

  39. HistoriCat

    OT – the DSCC "give us money" email I just got starts out with borderline hysteria.

    "Mitt Romney has won the fundraising race for two consecutive months, and the last month of polling shows it has destroyed President Obama’s lead"

    Sorry, Crystal King (DSCC Political Director), that may be the most idiotic sentence I've seen today – and I've read all of Willard's gaffe quotes. You should be embarrassed to have written that.

  40. Guppy

    Ask Mittens how Churchill felt about having to repay debts to the US after WWI.

    Fiscal responsibility!

  41. chascates

    The Patriots at Free Republic discuss this claim:

    Don’t discount that fact that the bust in the picture is a cheap replica or that the picture has been Photoshopped.

    It doesn’t matter where he moved it to…what matters is he removed it from the Oval Office. Why did he do this? Maybe because his world view is forged from a deep seeded hatred of colonial Great Britain. Its a Kenyan point of view, born out of unrequited daddy worship, directed at an absentee father who was allegedly abused/imprisoned by Churchill’s subordinates.

    It now appears that the Churchill bust was loaned to President Bush, not Obama and Obama is refusing to return the Churchill bust to England. The bust is essentially stolen property.

    1. GunToting[Redacted]

      "…because his world view is forged from a deep seeded hatred of colonial Great Britain."

      Wait… I thought we were SUPPOSED to have disdain and hatred for GB. Isn't that what Mittens is over there demonstrating?

    2. mwittier

      He hated it because he's black. He got rid of it because he's black. He moved it because he's black. He photoshopped it because he's black. He stole it because he's so, so, very black.

      Also, Michelle is black. Never forget.

  42. fuflans

    You live here, you see the sites day in and day out, but for me as I drive past the sculpture of Winston Churchill and see that great sculpture next to Westminster Abbey and Parliament and with him larger than life, enormous heft of that sculpture suggesting the scale of the the grandeur and the greatness of the man, it tugs at the heart strings to remember the kind of example that was led by Winston Churchill.

    someone's been taking palin lessons!

  43. qwerty42

    From one of the commenters at LGF

    In the chess match of international diplomacy, Mitt is attempting to draw an X in the middle square.

    1. kakotechnia

      Whodah thunk that making American exceptionalism the guiding principle of your foreign policy would make it so hard to interact with foreigns?

  44. anniegetyerfun

    Can Wonkette tweet at Krauthanammer or whatever his name is and ask why he loves lying so much? Also, why he looked like an aged Who down in Whoville? I don't think he would respond to me if I wrote him.

  45. TribecaMike

    Nobody ever talks about the bust of Clement Attlee in the Lincoln Bedroom loo. Nobody but Noam Chomsky, that is. He wrote a three volume tome about the damn thing.

    1. CessnaDriver

      It's so nice that someone remembers Atlee. "He seems a humble man", "Yes, he has much to be humble about."

  46. Tequila Mockingbird

    Oh my God.

    ABC Nooz has posted an "update", by Jake Tapper, claiming… get ready…

    … there are two Churchill busts, one still at the White House, one loaned to the poms.

    Jesus Tapdancing Christ, these monkeys never stop spinning, do they?

    1. FlownOver

      From the above linky:

      “But the decision to return the Churchill bust to the British – it had been presented by former Prime Minister Tony Blair to Bush on loan – had been made before Obama even arrived. ‘It was already scheduled to go back,’ Allman said.”

      See? You can (and should) blame everything on Chimpy. Suck on that, Charles "Mein Fuhrer! I can walk!" Krauthammer!

  47. Arken

    Based on what I saw when watching the Olympics opening ceremonies, the angry living giant statue of Winston Churchill will not tolerate this.

  48. TribecaMike

    "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing; after they've tried everything else." — Winston Churchill

  49. owhatever

    Churchill's ghost was relieved to be out of the Oval Office after having to listen to George Bush repeatedly mangle the English language.

  50. finette_

    Larger than life…enormous heft…

    Wonkett, I give you the photo you must henceforth use for all Churchbustgate stories.

  51. Veritas78

    Wake me when Obama installs a bas-relief of Joseph Smith in the tourists' urinal.

    Then I'll give him another $100.

  52. Native_of_SL_UT

    OK, so I did something really dumb. I ventured over to Fox Nation and read some of the comments there. Fuck, these people are stupid. They are oh so concerned about the delicate sensitivities of those poor Brits. Aren't they like, "European?" Doesn't Mittens run around the country bitching about Obama wanting to create a European government here? I'm pretty sure those delicate Brits might find that a bit more offensive than the location of some damn bust.
    And besides, what exactly is wrong with taking the bust of some damn foreigner out of the Oval Office and replacing it with a great American President?

  53. Willardbot9000_V2.5

    Jesus fucking Christ and they wonder why the world constantly mocks us from Reagan forward when a Republican is President? No sorry chaps, it's not because the world is composed of elitist Eurotrash socialists who hate the 'down home, can-do 'Merikan values!' of conservatives. No it's because you're so fucking ignorant and stupid as a collective that you add credence to the rumor that you all spawned out of the asses of baboons. Seriously you stupid fuckers…look in the mirror and for once instead of fantasizing about how you'd fuck yourselves…do some introspection you dumb trailer hitches.

  54. 12X34X

    Why this is bad: there is nothing the founding fathers put in the Constitution about moving the bust of Winston Churchill. Impeach!!!!

  55. Walkinwiddaking

    “You live here, you see the sites day in and day out, but for me as I drive past the sculpture of Winston Churchill and see that great sculpture next to Westminster Abbey and Parliament and with him larger than life, enormous heft of that sculpture suggesting the scale of the the grandeur and the greatness of the man, it tugs at the heart strings to remember the kind of example that was led by Winston Churchill.”

    And so it came to past that Mitt Romney, so inspired by the writings of Churchill, made it a a point that hat he or none his sons would ever serve not even for a day in the service of their country.

  56. MozakiBlocks

    Your average teabagger probably thinks Winston Churchill is the new running back signed by Auburn.

  57. Halloween Jack

    The real question is, where is Mamie Van Doren's bust? The Smithsonian's secret archives? The Grand Tetons? Lake Titicaca? WHAR?!?!?!?

  58. CessnaDriver

    The Brits loved Winnie so much that they voted him out of office after VE day and replaced him with the great statesman, Clement Atlee.

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