President Donald Trump has promised to wipe out former president Obama’s legacy, and he didn’t waste any time in starting on it after being sworn in on Friday.
If you remember, when Obama took office back in 2008, he removed the bust of Winston Churchill that was given to former President George W. Bush by the British when he first took office in 2001, and replaced it with busts of Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Abraham Lincoln. The move was seen as a snub to the British, and many took it as a sign of Obama’s disdain for British and American imperialism.
According to TheBlaze, the bust was moved to the British embassy in Washington, D.C., where it’s stayed for the past eight years as Obama occupied the White House. In the weeks before his inauguration, President Trump had personally contacted the British to ask for it back, and on Friday afternoon it was back in its rightful place in the Oval Office.
When reporters entered the iconic room they immediately noticed Trump had redecorated and removed all traces of Obama, including the busts he replaced Churchill’s with. As President Trump sign several executive orders, he did so with the British badass looking over his shoulder.
Best of all, our British allies are ecstatic that Churchill’s bust is once again on display in the Oval Office.
“The Prime Minister is happy to loan the Churchill bust to the White House and will be delighted to view it on display when she visits this Spring,” a spokesman from the British embassy said.
While it’s merely a small gesture by the new President, its symbolism has deep meaning to both the British and American people. Not only is it a sign of solidarity with one of our closest allies, but it signifies that a Trump administration will channel Churchill in preserving all things American in the face of overwhelming odds, which is a stark, but incredibly welcomed contrast to the last eight years.