Regarding the recent letter about the White House Churchill bust by Michael Sellen, I respect the right of people to express views different than mine and to attack our president on legitimate grounds.
I do not believe it is appropriate to publish letters that cite obvious lies, like this one, in such attacks. Among the sources refuting Sellen’s ridiculous assertion is this one: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/07/27/fact-check-bust-winston-churchill.
I believe you have done a disservice to your readers by publishing this letter and hope you will see your way clear to print the actual facts about the bust, confusing though they may be.
I don’t know where Sellen dug up this little gem, but he may have gotten it from Ted Cruz’s recent speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2015/01/27/ted-cruzs-claim-that-one-of-obamas-very-first-acts-was-returning-a-bust-of-churchill.
The Telegraph of London and other publications have attempted to make a big deal out of this.
President Barack Obama (like every other newly elected president) removed artwork belonging to George W. Bush from the Oval Office, including a bust of Winston Churchill.
Some reports in which I place faith state this bust was loaned, not given, to Bush after 9/11.
In addition to Cruz, the bust has been used as a political football by Mitt Romney, John Boehner and others, and The Telegraph has apparently never backed off its original position that the Obama administration returned the bust as a slap in the face to Great Britain.
In other words, they have intentionally continued to cloud the issue rather than admit they were wrong.
Given his other recent public statements, I am a bit surprised Gov. Bobby Jindal hasn’t jumped on this bandwagon.
former state budget director