Instead an Oval Office was redesigned: Latin civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Rosa Parks and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Some British tabloids considered it a snub. The US embassy in London put out a video on Friday morning outlining the special relationship between the US and Britain – insisting that it is not about the sculpture.
The embassy has some discussion about the Churchill bust, with a 30-second video taking into account other areas such as trade and security, so we want to remind everyone what a special relationship really is.
In another era, the same decision caused outrage. American conservatives and even some British politicians declared it an issue.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said President Barack Obama “probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted their grandfather.”
Sen. Ted Cruz of R-Texas claimed the decor decision “foreshadowed everything to come in the next six years.”
Boris Johnson, then Mayor of London and now Prime Minister, went the furthest. He attributed the swap to “paternal dislike of the president of Kenya — part of the British Empire”.
The attacks were clearly racist and also misleading. Obama officials were maligned.
There are actually two identical Churchill busts, both by the British modernist sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein. Lyndon b. One White House has been in collections since Johnson’s administration. George W. by Prime Minister Tony Blair to another. Bush was placed in the White House when each other was being restored.
One from Blair sat in the Oval Office on display until Bush left. It was returned to the British government.
Under Obama, the White House-owned version was not displayed in the Oval Office; Instead, Obama placed it outside the treaty room at the residence, where he had gone in the past when he wanted to watch basketball on weekends and evenings. He chose to keep it there so that he could see it during his personal time. He was a group of kings in office.
He addressed the situation during his final year in office.
“I love that guy,” he said during a trip to London, later: “There are only several tables where you can put a bust. Otherwise, it looks a bit cluttered.”
When Trump arrived, he returned Churchill to the Oval Office, which was (proclaimed) bliss for the Brits. The then Prime Minister Theresa May, who was the first overseas visitor to Trump’s Oval Office, was equipped with a UK version of the bust to introduce Trump. Officials said the Trump team requested it.
“We were very happy that you accepted it back,” May told her.
Now, it is busted again. But the response from Johnson, who is now prime minister and hopes to strengthen stronger ties with the new administration, is not the same.
A spokesman for Downing Street said on Thursday, “The Oval Office is the president’s personal office, and the president is ready to decorate it as he wishes.” “We remain in no doubt about the importance of President Biden on UK-US relations, and the Prime Minister looks forward to having a close relationship with him.”
This story has been updated with additional reporting.