Some versions of what Churchill supposedly reveals about Obama are more thoughtful, or ugly, than others. Churchill, for conservatives, has come to represent less a political ideology, or even the sum of his actual wartime decisions, than a stance of strength, a stubborn pose, and a commitment to hawkishness. That last is where the idolatry stops being just about style and starts having political consequences. Removing the bust somehow becomes of a piece with not wanting to bomb Iran, or talk to anybody about anything.
Click-through to continue reading Amy Davidson’s post on the case of two Churchills and what’s behind the White House bust controversy: http://nyr.kr/MYUit5
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.)