President Obama is back in Europe today but there are no crowds awaiting his arrival. Indeed the greeting from some of his hosts is nakedly hostile.
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, welcomed him to the city with a fiery broadside describing Obama as “incoherent,” “inconsistent” and “downright hypocritical.”
In a phrase that evoked racist jibes in the United States, Johnson described him as “the part-Kenyan president” in an op-ed in Britain’s best-selling Sun newspaper.
Johnson also repeating the oft-cited, but factually dubious claim, that Obama ordered the removal of a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office.
Johnson, a Conservative member of parliament and one of the favorites to become Britain’s next prime minister, suggested Obama may have been motivated to remove the statuette because of an “ancestral dislike of the British empire.”
As prime minister, Churchill had sent British troops to quell an uprising against the British in Kenya.