Obama Files: Recall That Churchill Bust



We should be willing to give President Obama his just share of the credit for the demise of Osama bin Laden. Of course, Obama’s refusal, once in power, to follow lefty nostrums on national security made this tremendously welcome news possible.

The obvious question arises: how will this play politically? Will Obama emerge with burnished leadership credentials and recover his flagging support among voters, especially those independents so crucial to his 2008 victory?

Here the president would be wise to ignore the contradictory triumphalism of his supporters, who are cheering him on for employing exactly those tactics they deplored when practiced by George W Bush. Indeed, Obama might pause to regret his infamous decision to return the bust of Winston Churchill to Great Britain. The bust could serve as a healthy reminder of the fickleness of fate, and especially of voters, because Winston Churchill was center stage for one of history’s great electoral busts. Churchill fought a general election in 1945 fresh from the triumph of the victory over Hitler, where all parties acclaimed him for his wartime leadership. But war is war, and peace is peace. Churchill’s Tories suffered a landmark drubbing, one of the worst ever suffered by an incumbent prime minister, in an environment where economic issues were paramount.

Now if we approach November 2012 with a reviving economy, declining food and energy prices, a recovery in home values and plausible success in reducing the deficit, Obama’s supporters will have good reason to be optimistic. And if we do not, well, the prudent among them will have lined up a good moving company that knows how to pack in a hurry.


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May 3, 2011 2:12 pm

I like your concept of “Obama Files.” Going to be quite a few entries. It shocked me when I learned that England had turned their back on Churchill, and had been a true hero and savior to their nation.

Economic issues are certainly going to be driving the next election, but we have to fight the lies of the malignant media. It is their hopey/changey policies that are taking down America. I can only hope and pray that enough citizens with common sense wake up and start paying attention. They need to see the hypocrisy and dishonesty of this administration.

May 3, 2011 9:31 pm

Thanks, SW, for reminding us that the o’s apparent victory dance may be short-lived, but NO THANKS for reminding us what he did with the bust, because it brings up a whole bunch of other irritants, like “Navy corpse men”, like the “stupid Cambridge Police Department”, like “people who listen to Rush Limbaugh” and so many more. We chill out a little bit and then we get reminded just why we do not, cannot accept this pretender. On second thought, thanks for that, too.

May 4, 2011 11:05 am

Excellent recollection of history, Street. Even Mrs. Burke last night (who’s not near the political junkie her hubby is) said last night after watching Fox News that “in 6 months no one’s going to even remember this.” A more recent historical similarity would be Bush I who had a 91% approval rating after Gulf War I. One of the biggest reasons Clinton won the nomination was because so many of the ‘big names’ sat it out thinking he was unbeatable. If gas is over $4/gal, and unemployment is still above 8% (after Bambi promised that it would never rise above… Read more »

May 4, 2011 11:23 am

I agree that the economy is likely to be one of the most significant factors influencing the outcome of the election in 2012. At the same time, just on a very practical level, I don’t know that our economy will recover to what it has been in the past few decades. My reasons for making that statement just have to do with things I’ve learned and observed over the years from working in both the manufacturing sector and retail sector. Day after day, I come into contact with consumers who are far less likely to make purchases on the basis… Read more »

redneck hippie
May 4, 2011 3:20 pm

I’ve been mad about the returning of the bust ever since the Won did it. It convinced me that he is a class A jerk.

Thank you Street, for that heartening reminder about Churchill’s historical drubbing. Also eburke’s above. Let’s hope this lesson from the past is taught to Obama & crew, the hard way. We can make it so, if we just commit and organize.

E Pluribus Unum
May 4, 2011 5:56 pm

I want that bust back over here, in the hands of faithful Repubs. I want it here now, in safekeeping until such a time as adults once again occupy the Oval Office. If the Boehner/McConnell bunch won’t ask for it and the DeMint/Pence/Coburn bunch wont ask for it, then maybe Allan West or Herman Cain or Michele Bachmann or Bob McDonnell will.

And if nobody else will, then maybe I’ll put in the request myself.