Dec 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 14 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Many Brits are known to enjoy a pint a day. Winston Churchill certainly did—though his daily ration was a pint of champagne, not ale. So it was fitting that the wartime prime minister was toasted last week in Washington with clinking glasses of bubbly. House speaker John Boehner invited a small group—of which The Scrapbook was happily part—to celebrate two birthdays: that of the great man himself, and that of the bust in the Capitol that honors him. One was the 140th, the other just the first.
Fred Barnes chronicled in these pages a year ago how the bronze bust came to be. President Obama, redecorating when he moved into the White House in 2009, famously removed a bust of Churchill from the Oval Office and sent it to the British embassy. When Boehner became speaker in 2011, he passed a resolution that “an appropriate statue or bust of Sir Winston Churchill” be placed in the Capitol. The Churchill Centre at George Washington University donated the bust, sculpted by the late Oscar Nemon, last year. “Since then, we’ve confronted more grave challenges to our peoples. We’ve been fortunate to rely on our special relationship and, of course, Churchill’s wisdom,” Boehner said in the Freedom Foyer, the alcove where the bust sits, before raising his glass: “So here’s to Winston Churchill, the best friend America ever had.”
British ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott and Churchill Centre executive director Lee Pollock also toasted the only man ever given an honorary American passport. The ambassador spoke eloquently of the two nations’ shared tradition of freedom that goes back to the Magna Carta (which celebrates its 800th birthday next year). The group then retired to the speaker’s rooms for a reception—with more champagne, of course. Some stepped out onto the balcony to smoke the Romeo y Julieta cigars named after the man who helped save Western civilization and always enjoyed its fruits. After everyone shared their favorite Churchill anecdotes—including the apocryphal ones—the talk turned to other tributes. The USS Winston S. Churchill is the only American naval vessel that also flies a foreign ensign. A few attendees immediately had the thought that a second such destroyer would be another great salute to freedom and friendship. Rumor has it a campaign is now in the works for a USS Margaret H. Thatcher. We think the USS Maggie has a rather nice ring to it.
Jul 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 41 • By TERRY EASTLAND
On a wide range of matters, including health care, energy, immigration, foreign policy, and education, says House speaker John Boehner, President Obama has ignored some statutes completely, selectively enforced others, and at times created laws of his own, thus failing to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” as Article II of the Constitution requires of a president.
Same as the old farm bill.Feb 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 23 • By DAVE JUDAY
The president just signed into law the Agricultural Act of 2014, a multiyear, comprehensive agricultural, rural, and nutrition policy measure. As legislation goes, it was rather unremarkable. What was remarkable was the path it followed to approval. Unlike most farm bill debates, which tend to be festivals of bipartisanship and comity, this one split lawmakers—rural from urban, House from Senate, Republican from Democrat—along every political fault including between the Tea Party caucus and the rest of the GOP.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:55 PM, Feb 11, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with editor William Kristol on his memo to the House GOP, and how the GOP can position itself for a successful 2014.
How the House speaker rallied his restive troops.Oct 14, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 06 • By FRED BARNES
After the reelection of President Obama, House speaker John Boehner was disappointed, dispirited, and wary of a new round of clashes with the president. House Republicans had planned a fresh effort to repeal Obamacare, but, he told NBC News, “the election changes that.” He negotiated with Obama to raise taxes and spending by $1 trillion each before backing off. And with the Bush tax cuts about to expire and plunge the nation over a “fiscal cliff,” Boehner endorsed a deal to limit higher tax rates to those making more than $400,000.
ADVANCE EDITORIAL from the JULY 29, 2013 issue.2:34 PM, Jul 18, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
House Republicans don’t get no respect. Has there been in recent times a more derided, mocked, and pitied bunch? Establishment types think the backbenchers are Neanderthals, grassroots activists denounce the leadership as a bunch of squishes, and the media can’t find enough bad things to say about all of them.
But you know what? The House Republicans deserve some respect. They’re doing okay.
If he does, "It will be one of the last things he does [as speaker]."4:05 PM, Feb 26, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, hosted by Michael Graham, with Fred Barnes on the sequester and Chuck Hagel.
The House speaker survives a near-death experience.Aug 8, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 44 • By FRED BARNES
For House speaker John Boehner, Tea Party Republicans weren’t the problem as he sought support for a package of spending cuts attached to an increase in the debt limit. The biggest impediment to a House majority was Republicans fearful a primary opponent would use a vote to boost the debt limit against them.
1:13 PM, Jul 28, 2011 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Nancy Pelosi on today's vote: "What we're trying to do is save the world from the Republican budget. We're trying to save life on this planet as we know it today."
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