Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) had his hands full yesterday trying to manage his own conference and forge a payroll tax cut deal (or at least avoid being blamed for failing to reach one). But in a moment of delightful one-upmanship he took to the House floor to offer installation in the Capitol of a Winston Churchill bust:

President Obama, of course, rudely decided in 2009 to return to sender (the Brits) a Churchill bust loaned to President George W. Bush after the Sept. 11 attacks. The gesture was a sign of solidarity, a symbol of the “special relationship” between the U.S. and Britain, which has become less special under the Obama administration.

On this one, Boehner deserves kudos. As he did in inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress, he and his colleagues make a statement: America remains a loyal ally and grateful friend; presidents come and go.