Glenn Beck: I now know why Obama returned the Churchill bust to Britain

Early in Obama’s tenure as President, he packed up the Churchill bust from the Oval office and returned the gift back to Britain. At the time many wondered why and I’m not sure many tried to answer it, but now Beck believes he has the answer:

Barack Obama’s grandfather was imprisoned and brutally tortured by the British during the violent struggle for Kenyan independence, according to the Kenyan family of the US President-elect.

Hussein Onyango Obama, Mr Obama’s paternal grandfather, became involved in the Kenyan independence movement while working as a cook for a British army officer after the war. He was arrested in 1949 and jailed for two years in a high-security prison where, according to his family, he was subjected to horrific violence to extract information about the growing insurgency.

Mrs Onyango, 87, described how “white soldiers” visited the prison every two or three days to carry out “disciplinary action” on the inmates suspected of subversive activities.

“He said they would sometimes squeeze his testicles with parallel metallic rods. They also pierced his nails and buttocks with a sharp pin, with his hands and legs tied together with his head facing down,” she said The alleged torture was said to have left Mr Onyango permanently scarred, and bitterly antiBritish. “That was the time we realised that the British were actually not friends but, instead, enemies,” Mrs Onyango said. “My husband had worked so diligently for them, only to be arrested and detained.”

Beck believes this is huge in its implications and accuses the press of criminal negligence. I agree that the press was highly negligent of digging into Obama’s past, and he may be right that ‘it explains almost everything’, but it didn’t shake me as much as it appears to have shaken him. I know from watching Beck’s new chat feature that many were blown away by this revelation. Either way, you can decide how important this is. For me, at this point, it is quite interesting to know, but I find the 2010 elections and ‘taking our country back’ much more important.

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  • texasgirl46

    I don't remember ever hearing about him returning the Bust….it must not have been talked about to much…
    My question is did they give the Bust to him or was it already at the White House when he took office?

    And I have to say this too….I can remember so many times hearing that the blacks shouldn't blame the whites for what happened years ago. Our generation had nothing to do with slavery…..shouldn't that hold true now too? This generation had nothing to do with what happened to his grandfather…..Just a thought…

  • Obama returned the bust of Churchill to Gordon Brown in the winter of 2009, I believe, when Obama first took office. The same visit where he gifted the DVDs that Brown cannot play because they're not formatted for British equipment.

    Frankly, I've known about this since then and find it extremely petulant of our president. I am Irish and the British have caused pain in the past for my family, too. But that is the path, the destiny, my ancestors lived. I know the stories; I understand it made my grandparents who they were. But it is ridiculous to hold all British people accountable for things that happened many years ago. This is what human history is, sadly. What a sad and foolish boy we have at the head of our great nation. He might have risen to the occasion and used his family's story for a noble purpose. Instead, he insulted, and continues to insult, one of our most stalwart allies. What a spoiled, petulant, dangerous little narcissistic person.

  • Josie

    I understand what his grandfather suffered was horrifying and we should hope humans have evolved to be better examples of what human is and certainly there is no excuse for torture. However unless Obaman knows something we don't know he is a temporary (God willing) resident in the WH. Except for what he and his family brought in to the WH as personal affects, the house and all of it's contents belong to the people. Instead of sending the statue back and insulting an allie he could have kept it in storage or let it sit at the Library of Congress etc. He had no right to get rid of anything that does not belong to him.

  • williamm

    Apology to Prime Minister Gordon Brown from the American People for Mr. Obama's Rude Treatment Mar 2009

  • dmk2113

    Churchill isn't part of this generation.

    For the sake of diplomacy I probably wouldn't have done this, but I certainly get it.

    I can't imagine a black family in the states would react well to receiving a bust of Jefferson Davis.

  • dmk2113

    Again, all of this happened under Churchill.

  • KeninMontana

    Here's a link to a story with a bit more information on this story;
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/afr… It goes into a bit more information than some of the vague mentions of the story that are circulating out there. I can understand Obama's feelings,however he could have just placed the bust in storage somewhere rather than sending it back. I'm sure somewhere there is a warehouse full of items that people would rather not think about,that have come as gifts.

  • This should help understand why the founders wanted pres to be natural born citizen (born in U.S. to 2u.s. citizens as per natural law of nations) to avoid loyalty to or antagonism toward forieign countrys prior to the U.S.intrest but thats silly, where is my tinfoil hat? Right Glen?

  • dmk2113

    Yeah, pretty much, since if Obama's father had naturalized your arbitrary standard, which is drawn from totally outside the constitution, would have been met but this problem would have remained.

    Also, Obama wasn't raised by his father or his paternal family, nor did he have any exposure to them growing up.

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  • springfieldreformer

    Everything *in* the Constitution was drawn from *outside* the Constitution. It's called using sources. “Natural Born Citizen” was (and still is) a legal term of art, i.e., it has a definite meaning as acquired from its origin and usage. Vattel's Law of Nations had strong influence among the Founders, and Vattel's definition of the term would require naturalized parents in conjunction with birth within US jurisdiction, and it is unlikely in the extreme they would have use so specific and well-known an expression if they had intended to convey some other, lesser standard.

    Furthermore, it is hardly arbitrary to set a standard that obligates a US President to share natural loyalties with the people of his birth, given the extraordinary power of the office. It is the one thing that marks this President, that he really does seem to be operating directly at odds with the interests and desires, not only of the loyal opposition, but even the people who elected him. He is flying America into the side of the mountain as we all sit by helplessly and watch. His familial bitterness toward Anglo-Saxony may explain why, but it does not answer the question of what we must do in response. If he is filled with such a determined rage against us, do we really have four months?

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