The New Yorker | Amy Davison | August 1, 2012

On Tuesday, Dan Pfeiffer, a White House spokesman, had to apologize to Charles Krauthammer, the columnist, for what was either a point of interior decorating or international diplomacy or outright perfidy on the part of the Obama Administration. It started last Friday, when Krauthammer wrote, in a column for the Washington Post on Mitt Romney's foreign trip, that

Obama started his presidency by returning to the British Embassy the bust of Winston Churchill that had graced the Oval Office.

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“Leave the past to history especially as I propose to write that history myself.”

Winston S. Churchill