Hungarian news site Borsonline.hu reports the Orbán government’s tribute statue to George H.W. Bush (right)–not to be confused with his son, George W. Bush (left)–hasn’t gone over well with the 41st President of the United States of America.
In May 2012 the Prime Minister’s Office funded the creation of a statue for the elder Bush to the tune of HUF 34.4 million (USD 150,000) through a public foundation for completion in July of that year. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán even alluded to it in an interview given to the Washington Post in April 2012.
The sculptor, István Máté, is also the artist behind the Ronald Reagan statue in Budapest’s Szabadság (Freedom) Square, home of the US Embassy.
The Bush statue’s unveiling ceremony was supposed to take place during H.W.’s next visit to Hungary but that visit never took place. Nor did he attend the ceremony at which the statue was revealed, but not in its final location, which has yet to be determined.
The Terror House in Budapest’s District VI and the Jubileum Park in District XI were previously mentioned as two possible locations. When Borsonline contact the Terror House, they were directed to the Office of the Prime Minister.
According to Borsonline, the public foundation that received the money to build the statue is the same one that operates the Terror House under revisionist historian Mária Schmidt.
The District XI city hall told Borsonline that they have not received any information regarding plans to erect the statue in the district.
A source in Washington tells the Budapest Beacon that H.W.’s son, 43rd US President George W. Bush, resented Orbán for failing to distance himself from former right-wing member of parliament István Csurka (MIÉP: Hungarian Truth and Life Party) after the latter said the United States had deserved the 9/11 terrorist attacks.