Did Newsmax columnist invent Obama quote?


James Humes writes in a March 11 Newsmax column regarding a bust of Winston Churchill loaned to the U.S. government by Great Britain that was returned to the British Embassy after President Obama took office:

That offensive act without explanation gave substance to the reported story that when President Obama walked into the Oval Office for the first time and saw the Churchill piece, he said, "Get that goddam thing out of here."

Humes doesn't say where that quote of Obama was supposedly "reported"; searches of Google and Nexis turn up no evidence of it. A Google search for the phrase "Get that goddam thing out of here" yields exactly two results: Humes' own article, and a Time magazine article - from 1946.

As if citing an apparently nonexistent quote wasn't enough, Humes also accuses Obama of exacting tribal revenge: "Perhaps Obama, who grew up in Kenya, took umbrage at Prime Minister Churchill's actions in 1953 of wiping out the Mau-Mau, the Kenyan terrorists who made a specialty of slitting throats of sleeping white and Black Kenyans."

For the record, Barack Obama did not grow up in Kenya -- unless by "Kenya," Humes means "Hawaii."

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