It sat in the Oval Office since September 11, 2001, and bore silent witness that heroism, courage, and determination can overcome the most crippling onslaught of marauding evil. But newly-inaugurated President Obama had no use for the bronze bust of Winston Churchill and it had to go.
And now we learn that the search for a worthy replacement has finally ended, with the acquisition of a New Yorker magazine cover depicting Obama himself – walking on water.
Ever since the Obama White House got rid of that British colonial era bust of Sir Winston Churchill on-loan from Great Britain, they’ve been on the lookout for new less offensive art.
Now we learn, thanks to Howard Kurtz on CNN, that Obama adviser David Axelrod made a call to the editor of the New Yorker magazine requesting a copy of the Feb. 1 cover of the magazine showing No. 44 walking on water. (No, not the newly-resurfaced Gulf of Mexico.)
Some speculate that Obama objected to Churchill’s image because of bad blood between his Kenyan ancestors and Churchill-led British forces during the early 20th century. Or I suppose Obama might be annoyed that Churchill didn’t think to offer Hitler a beer and save the world a lot of grief instead of going around making speeches like this:
We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
Maybe he’s jealous because Churchill’s war-time speeches resonated with the genuine eloquance of a truly heroic leader in the face of momentous peril. Instead of the fake imitations that Obama routinely hijacked from true statesman and presented as if he was the savior of the world. (“We are the ones we have been waiting for!”)
For example, he said this before the swooning delegates at the Democratic National Convention: “The journey will be difficult, the road will be long. I face the challenge with profound humility and knowledge of my own limitations, but I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people.”
Churchill’s words were spoken from a precipice, staring down the abyss of a thousand years of tyranny. Obama whined about the horrors of five percent unemployment, the plight of a man who didn’t have money for gas, and nasty George Bush’s stubborn refusal to surrender to Al Qaeda in Iraq.
In fact, the more I think about it, there are lots of reasons why Obama wouldn’t like Churchill. After all, Churchill said this:
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile—hoping it will eat him last.
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.
But perhaps the biggest clue why Churchill got the presidential boot lies in Obama’s choice of replacement. The Messaiah doesn’t share his glory with anyone.