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Monday, February 16, 2009

Dear Foreign Office

Below is the first draft of a letter composed by President Barack Obama, having been found by a White House janitor crumpled up in a corner of the Oval Office.

"Dear Foreign Office,

I won! (I just love saying that) Please find enclosed a bust of Sir Winston Churchill, which had been allowed use by the Foreign Office until the 13th of February instant. Unfortunately, I have no further need of this bust, being as it is an oppressive reminder of the British Empire's heydey, one which enslaved my father's people in Kenya for more than a hundred years, forcing them to become wastrels, drunks and family abandoners. It is not one which I wish to look at for the next four to twelve years (if my new Bill works out).

I am, however, interested in a bust of Keir Hardie. And have you one of Tony Benn, too?

P.S.: Please tell Sir Nigel Sheinwald that I heard that he's a cold wet noodle.

Very sincerely yours,

B. Obama, 44"

Seriously though, of all the media generated non-stories out there, this is the lamest so far in this young Presidency. So he's returning Winnie's bust, big whoop! The man has a right to display whatever image he wants in his quarters.

Anyway, Winston won't mind.

The greatest British Prime Minister has better things to do than to look at the mug of an amateurish one-term American President.

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  • The man has a right to display whatever image he wants in his quarters.

    He does but the way he went about returning it may demonstrate a foreign relations tone deafness and ham handedness (the kind of thing Bush 43 was accused of so often). In the world of diplomacy the smallest thing can be perceived as a slight--that's why it takes months to plan state visits and summits.

    Anyway, Winston won't mind.

    Hehe. Yeah, I don't think the man who defeated Naziism and fascism is going to care too much about what some president from the provinces thinks of him.

    By Anonymous Starless, at Mon Feb 16, 09:50:00 am GMT-5  

  • Ace has a pretty good take on this: "Obama returns Churchill bust, requests one of Chamberlain"

    By Anonymous Starless, at Mon Feb 16, 12:59:00 pm GMT-5  

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