Mayor of London, Boris Johnson calls Obama “part-Kenyan president" and Chuka Umunna condemns his remarks as “beyond the pale.”
The red face mayor of London, Boris Johnson has taken insensitivity to an extreme level by demeaning President Obama with racial and unpleasant statement by labeling him a “part Kenyan president" of United States.
President Obama was on official visit in Britain with the first lady Mitchell Obama. Johnson was supporting the campaign against British membership in European Union (EU) and the disconnection from EU found Obama support of British membership in EU as interference from a “part Kenyan president."
British Labour Party MP Chuka Umunna, whose father was from Anambra State, Nigeria defended President Obama and tweeted “These Tory Mayoral types are beyond the pale… Boris plays on @BarackObama's Kenyan ancestry.”
Writing on The Sun newspaper, Boris Johnson accused Obama of being anti-British and for removing the bust of Winston Churchill from White House when he was elected president in 2008:
President Obama with bust of Winston Churchill (below) for MLK in the Oval Office (top).
“Something mysterious happened when Barack Obama entered the Oval Office in 2009. Something vanished from that room, and no one could quite explain why. It was a bust of Winston Churchill – the great British war time leader. It was a fine goggle-eyed object, done by the brilliant sculptor Jacob Epstein, and it had sat there for almost ten years.
But on day one of the Obama administration it was returned, without ceremony, to the British embassy in Washington. No one was sure whether the President had himself been involved in the decision.
Some said it was a snub to Britain. Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan President’s ancestral dislike of the British empire – of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender.
Some said that perhaps Churchill was seen as less important than he once was. Perhaps his ideas were old-fashioned and out of date. Well, if that’s why Churchill was banished from the Oval Office, they could not have been more wrong.”