Email from the White House:
following his column, I sent the following email to Charles Krauthammer.
Charles asked that I make the email public and I have agreed.
I take your
criticism seriously and you are correct that you are owed an apology. There was
clearly an internal confusion about the two busts and there was no intention to
deceive. I clearly overshot the runway in my post. The point I was trying to
make – under the belief that the Bust in the residence was the one previously
in the Oval Office-- was that this oft repeated talking point about the bust
being a symbol of President Obama’s failure to appreciate the special
relationship is false. The bust that was returned was returned as a
matter of course with all the other artwork that had been loaned to President
Bush for display in his Oval Office and not something that President Obama or
his Administration chose to do. I still think this is an important point and
one I wish I had communicated better.
understanding of the facts on my part and a couple of deep breaths at the
outset would have prevented this situation. Having said all that, barring
a miracle comeback from the Phillies I would like to see the Nats win a world
series even if it comes after my apology
(h/t Fox Nation)