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No Obama Officials Will Attend Thatcher Funeral

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Obama’s snub to Thatcher: President won’t send envoy to funeral – and leaves it to her old allies from the Reagan era

By James Chapman | 16 April 2013

Friends and allies of Baroness Thatcher expressed ‘surprise and disappointment’ last night as it emerged President Obama is not planning to send any serving member of his administration to her funeral.

Lest we forget, Obama sent three official envoys to Hugo Chavez’s funeral: Rep. Gregory Meeks, a New York Democrat, and former Rep. William Delahunt, a Democrat from Massachusetts, and the U.S. Embassy Caracas Chargé d’Affaires James Derham.

(They were joined by Jesse Jackson, Jr, and Sean Penn and other luminaries from the US.)

Whitehall sources have revealed that the US delegation at tomorrow’s service in St Paul’s Cathedral will be led by two Reagan era secretaries of state: James Baker and George Shultz.

Though President Obama himself had not been expected to attend, there had been speculation that he would be represented either by Vice President Joe Biden or wife Michelle. However, the Obama administration had said it would not be attending Thatcher’s funeral before the Boston bombings.

Speaking at a press conference in the White House following the explosions at Boston Marathon – he said he would not be going to Thatcher’s funeral before yesterday’s explosions.

In reality, Obama was about as likely to attend Lady Thatcher’s funeral as he would have been to attend Ronald Reagan’s. Which is to say, not at all. They both represented everything he despises.

The Queen’s decision to attend Lady Thatcher’s funeral has effectively elevated it to a state occasion unprecedented for a political figure in Britain since the death of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965.

Other world leaders, including Canada’s Stephen Harper, Mario Monti of Italy and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, are attending the service in person…

But a US embassy spokesman confirmed that no serving member of his administration would be present to pay their last respects, citing a busy week in US domestic politics.

Which Obama and Biden will be careful to not be involved in at all.

Former US vice president Dick Cheney and ex-secretary of state Henry Kissinger will attend the funeral, Downing Street said today.

Former defence secretary Dr Liam Fox, Lady Thatcher’s closest ally in modern-day politics, said: ‘I think it would be both surprising and disappointing if after President Obama’s fulsome tribute to Lady Thatcher, the American administration did not send a senior serving member to represent them.’…

‘That the present administration feels unable to be represented as the world marks the extraordinary contribution Margaret Thatcher made will be a source of disappointment to those who served with her in [the] great endeavour [of ending the Cold War and liberating millions of people].’ …

That’s the whole point of the snub.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “No Obama Officials Will Attend Thatcher Funeral”

  1. Liberals Demise

    Why interrupt anyone’s 4th vacation of the new year.
    This isn’t a snub …. it’s a shine.

    • “Friends and allies of Baroness Thatcher expressed ‘surprise and disappointment’ last night…”

      Seriously? Could they really be that clueless? Lady Thatcher and our Occupier-in-Chief are poles apart, night and day, like God and Satan. She and he have NOTHING in common. If the modern Demonicrat Party had ever run against Lady Thatcher they would slime her with vitriol, and call her a reprobate and an ignoramus. It would be Groundhog Day, Sarah Palin redux; an epic dirty campaign.

      Lady Thatcher is in heaven. the other place is expanding exponentially to accommodate Demonicrats, Progressives, crypto-Marxists, and RINOs.

  2. captstubby

    but honestly,
    would you send VP Biden as your Representative?

  3. Petronius

    George Shultz, Henry Kissinger, Dick Cheney, and Jim Baker –– those four Yanks will do nicely, thank you very much.

    They’re four aces. Anybody Nerobama could possibly send would only diminish the proceedings.

    We have been flying the flag of St George and the Union Jack here since 8 April. The flag of St George will remain flying over the Ponderosa until after the 23d.

  4. Astravogel

    I don’t think the lack of current administration officials
    at the funeral is a ‘snub.’ It’s more like a relief.

  5. conant

    There isn’t a single member of the current administration who is fit to park cars at the Lady’s funeral much less attend

  6. mr_bill

    I honestly expected nerobama to send an iPod of his “famous speeches” to regale the crowd with his superlative oratory skills as a tribute.

  7. Ah, if they sent Biden to represent the US, he’d probably just ask everybody to give Lady Thatcher a hand… and then ask her to stand up.

  8. Right of the People

    If we really wanted to piss them off we could send the Hildabeast.

  9. arnonerik

    Obama believes that insulting the U.K. is as good as eating tiger meat. He is not only a racist, he especially hates the Brits.

  10. captstubby

    NOTABLE NO-SHOWS

    Associated Press – 4 hrs ago
    Yahoo /ABC News

    Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    Former U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan, who asked Fred Ryan, Chairman of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, to represent her

    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

    Former U.S. President George W. Bush

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto

    Alicia Castro, Argentina’s ambassador to the U.K.

    odd, that VP Biden name was missing.
    or that the US names had a lot to do with age and health.
    such as next weeks news release of Hillary ‘s concussion relapse.
    “What difference at this point does it make?”
    the White House could have sent Hanoi Jane to stand in for
    . First Lady Nancy Reagan

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