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WHY DIDN’T PFEIFFER “KNOW” WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO SIR WINSTON IN 2009?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 31, 2012) — The Daily Caller has reported that White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer has apologized to to columnist and Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer over his false statement about the bust of Sir Winston Churchill.
The email, which Pfeiffer said he sent to Krauthammer on Monday, is posted on the White House blog. Pfeiffer stated that he “overshot the runway” in his original post charging Krauthammer with making “false” statements. The time stamp on the blog post dated July 31, 2012 is 5:30 p.m.
Pfeiffer had claimed that the bust, which had been on loan from the British Embassy during the Bush presidency, had never left the White House. On Friday, the British Embassy purportedly issued a statement claiming that there had been two busts of Churchill at the White House, one of which had been returned after Bush left office, and one which allegedly had been acquired by the White House several decades ago.
The flap had begun when Mitt Romney, while visiting Great Britain, said that he would like to have the bust returned to the White House if he is elected president in November. The UK Telegraph had reported in February 2009 that the bust had been returned to its home country, not the British Embassy in Washington, DC.
On Friday, Krauthammer had reacted to Pfeiffer’s calling him out on his accurate statement about the Churchill bust by stating of Pfeiffer, “he pretends that it never happened and he says the idea that the bust was returned is false. And then he talks about the reason that the bust was returned was because of antipathy. I never talked about antipathy. He should have honorably have said, ‘We made a mistake. It was an old bust in the White House [that’s] been around for 50 years and we got them confused. That would have been understandable, that would have been the end of [the] story. That would have been honorable, but you don’t expect that out of this communications office in this White House.”
On Sunday, Krauthammer called the incident “completely unnecessary” and asked Pfeiffer to “bring this to a short, painless and honorable conclusion.”
Pfeiffer has complied with Krauthammer’s request, although he still insists that “the bust being a symbol of President Obama’s failure to appreciate the special relationship [between the U.S. and Great Britain] is false.”
Pfeiffer also insists that the birth certificate on the White House website is authentic, although a formal criminal investigation has declared that it unequivocally is a “computer-generated forgery.”
Dan Pfeiffer is reportedly 36 years old and a graduate of Georgetown University.