This August 4, in Si les murs …, a documentary series presented by Stéphane Bern unveiled behind the scenes of the White House. One of the first gestures of Barack Obama after his election was revealed. The President of the United States wanted to remove the portrait of a very well-known Prime Minister.
Difficult to find a place in a building that has housed so many presidents and stories. During the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States on November 4, 2008, the history of the United States took a real turn. An upheaval that the Democrat wanted to be total. Beyond the symbol of being the very first black president to be elected in the United States, he did not want to compromise in any way about his values. For eight years he chose to spotlight his wife Michelle Obama and their two daughters Malia and Sasha. Both before the election and during his tenure, the three women who make up his family were at the center of many of his messages.
A personal gesture
This August 4, in the program hosted by Stéphane Bern on France 2, If the walls …, which devote evenings to the most important buildings in history, the history buff is interested in the White House. The opportunity for the facilitator to recall how much Barack Obama, like others, wanted to make a special place for themselves in the housing of the presidents of the United States.
So when he was elected, the president wanted to put down his luggage but especially to remove a portrait, more precisely a sculpture. Barack Obama has indeed removed a bust bearing the image of Winston Churchill. A symbolic gesture which had a very particular meaning because of its personal history. “Barack Obama had a bust of Winston Churchill removed. At the head of the United Kingdom, he is the one who was the symbol of the crushing of the Kenyan revolts. And that is the story of his father, of his family. These are small symbolic gestures but which make the president really going to live in this Oval Office and this White House.“, explained one of the specialists in the history of the mythical building.