The Obama Record: Lost in all the back-and-forth over the removal of Winston Churchill’s bust from the Oval Office is why the president would snub the Brits. The answer is his father and his Kenyan roots.
The man sitting in the Oval Office views the Anglo-American alliance through the same anticolonial lens as his late father and their shared hero — Frantz Fanon — who argued that America and Britain were the great oppressors of the world.
From 1920 to 1963, Britain colonized Kenya, and according to Obama, mistreated his grandfather in the process.
He also claims his father was detained briefly during the emergency declared by the British to put down the savage Mau-Mau uprising there.
Winston Churchill, you see, was prime minister at the time, and as such became the object of their scorn.
As Britain was putting down the rebellion, its embassy in the U.S. warned that Kenyans seeking to study in the U.S. shared a dangerous antipathy toward both Britain and America. The exchange students happened to include Obama’s father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr., whom our current president worshipped.
A 1959 British cable said the group of students had radical ties and a reputation for “both anti-American and anti-white” views.