Sen. Bob Menendez tried — unsuccessfully, as it turned out — to block a resolution honoring the late Margaret Thatcher. But he’s not the only powerful Dem who has issues showing respect:

That’s right. President Obama is not sending a single member of his administration to represent the United States at Lady Thatcher’s funeral.

It’s worth noting that Obama has a history of dissing Britain, and this latest move isn’t likely to score him points with Thatcher admirers:

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.’

Sir Gerald Howarth, chairman of the Thatcherite Conservative Way Forward group of MPs and peers, said: ‘The bonds forged between the UK and the US through Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher was instrumental in ending the Cold War and liberating millions of people.

‘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 that great endeavour.

Many conservatives on this side of the Atlantic are frustrated and angry:

As several Twitterers pointed out, the president didn’t seem to have an issue sending representatives to tyrant Hugo Chavez’s funeral:

Chavez despised freedom; Thatcher championed it.

So why can’t the president show the Iron Lady the respect she deserves and send at least one senior administration official to honor her on his behalf?

According to the Daily Mail, the president’s decision was made prior to yesterday’s bombings in Boston, and a U.S. Embassy spokesman cites gun control legislation as the reason the president can’t afford to spare anyone. He’s just too busy worrying about our guns.

But here’s another theory:

  • Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    They prefer having the bust of Churchill.

    It’s more trustworthy.

  • TocksNedlog

    And so Barry steps on his crank again.

    And again and again and again and . . .

    • MurphTacular

      A presidential delegation is insufficient? If Obama or Michelle went, you guys would likely carp about the cost. Next trivial concern that will be forgotten in less than 30 days, please …

      • LordElrond09

        No, not for a deceased head of state who was invaluable in helping us win the cold war. Try again.

        • dr44

          Especially considering that he did send an official delegation to scumbucket Chavez’ funeral. Freedom-loving promoter of democracy bad, dictator good. Typical of Obozo.

          • MurphTacular

            i guess it’s one of the luxuries of ‘friendship.’ A delegation will suffice to GB, but in Venezuela where the relationship has lots of room to improve, sending a delegation helps you look better in front of the populace, one could argue.

          • dr44

            One could argue that only as an apologetic for a very pointed snub to one of our oldest and strongest allies, England, simply because our small-minded piss-ant head of state happens to despise Margaret Thatcher. He’s okay with socialist wack-job Chavez, though.

          • MurphTacular

            First all, the correct insult you’re trying to hurl at me is ‘apologist,’ not ‘apologetic. (The former’s a noun, the latter’s an adjective.) Second, how do we know Obama despises Thatcher? Haven’t read THAT anywhere, but let’s just make a wild assumption anyway … :>. And again sending someone to a freely elected head of state’s funeral while trying to improve relations with a potentially second-straight anti-US regime is what you do when you want to see things improve, I’d imagine.

          • Ronald Green

            What would have been wrong with doing both, especially since the one that’s being snubbed was a staunch ally and friend of ours?

          • dr44

            Then you’d imagine incorrectly, as anyone who’s not an APOLOGIST (forgive my error, O grammar diety) for the current regime can see plainly. It’s a blunt snub, a blatant insult.

          • SJ’s Dad

            “First all”?!?!?!?
            You’re almost as enlightened as your paid acquaintances tell us you like to imagine yourself to be.
            Substantively speaking, calling you vapid would be an insult to the libturd troll pieces of $HIT you desperately attempt to emulate. Perhaps it’s still not too late for Kermit Gosnell to make a house call to your parents basement . . . But I digress!

          • MurphTacular

            Hey, nobody’s perfect. And it would be ‘your parents’ basement,’ (The apostrophe is possessive) but I digress. What did I say that was so vapid? Just trying to see the larger point of view, and the dirty truth of it all is that the UK and the US won’t really get mad about each other about funeral visits – at least not long term. But, picking up an ally in South America where we could use one could prove substantive.

          • SJ’s Dad

            Keyed on the fly on my iPhone, had to leave 2 characters off to get desired page break effect.

            Vapid is courtesy of a STUNNINGLY beautiful but completely VAPID HS classmate of mine who once contributed an absolute gem, which, to this day is referred to as “The Gospel according to DH” (just in case)

            Brilliant in it’s simplicity: “If you have to say you are, you ain’t”

            SOOOoooo . . . .
            Unless “Murph” is a euphemism for CRAP, in which case, well-played! . . . self-deprication is always welcome here . . . We get enough Self-serving Bloviation from our beloved Narcissist-in-Chief!

          • SpinMeNot

            Room to improve? Where is your leftist cry about GWB supporting dictators? Reagan supporting dictators? Another shining example of what is bad for thee is good for me that you lefties love so much.

            Even the State Department is questioning the result of the election in Venezuela. You can find that on Breittbart, since you seem incapable of using Google yourself.

            Birds of a Socialist feather flock together.

          • MurphTacular

            Hey, I don’t like ANY president supporting ‘dictators,’ but Chavez was freely elected and it’s hard to say what happened recently in Venezuela. The recount’s been called for, etc … Regardless of what happened, trying to improve relations in Venezuela -even if the voters choose someone the US doesn’t/didn’t like- is a worthy goal.

          • SpinMeNot

            Freely elected? Really? He lead a Coup d’etat and took power, then used his military and secret police to maintain power.

            The man openly hated the US, never changed his tone, ever. And we send a delegation to his funeral but skip Baroness Thatcher’s funeral.

            Here’s a good summary of some of Hugo’s last freedom enhancing moves — read it later when you have time pls, then do your own research on Tio Hugo.


          • MurphTacular

            Nope. He was elected in 1998, and re-elected each time.

          • SpinMeNot

            Yes, you are correct, sorry, I am confusing him with Khadaffi. Chavez’ coup attempt in 1992 failed. Sorry about that … my bad. I don’t usually use Wikipedia as a source, but here is that reference for you.


            The man was a horrible dictator.

            edit: here is another good summary of the validity of his “elections”:

          • beebop1952

            Free elections is just a concept to you, isn’t it?

          • MurphTacular

            No. I support free elections unequivocally. I’m unsure if any corruption in the Venezuelan process has been conclusively connected to Chavez. Did you ever notice that seeminly every anti-Western politician who gets elected anywhere has a pall cast on their election? Hmm …

          • beebop1952

            And odd that those same anti-West governments are heroes to those on the left.

          • MurphTacular

            No one who treats his fellow citizens unfairly or unjustly is a hero of mine. But thanks for assigning me a complete belief system based on a few Internet posts. LOL.

          • Ronald Green


          • ceemack

            Hitler was freely elected.

        • MurphTacular

          How did overseeing the hunger strike of IRA prisoners help defeat the Soviets, exactly?

          • Ronald Green

            What does the one have to do with the other?

          • MurphTacular

            That was MY point … Get your own. LOL.

          • SpinMeNot

            It didn’t, but much like the hunger strike at gitmo, when they commit evil acts and get locked up for it, trying to “appeal to the humanitarian” instinct in a population about their perceived mistreatment, doesn’t really garner a lot of support from people that have seen the damage IRA bombers, Victor Charles, or Hezbolah, or other groups commit to enforce their political will on sovereign nations.

            It was only after the IRA gave up on their violence that a peaceful settlement reached. If they don’t/didn’t want to eat, that is their choice, Then Prime Minister Thatcher did not take their food away.

            For the record, my first hand experience is with Victor Charles (thats the Viet Cong, in case you haven’t heard them called by their radio designation … ). I’ve shared a bottle with my oldest and listened to his experiences with the Taliban. Doesn’t seem to be much difference to me.

        • Paul

          She was not head of state! The queen is the head of state, she was a former prime minister. You need to try again, why are there so many Americans who are clueless, no wonder we will go into decline.

      • TocksNedlog

        He can’t send Biden or Kerry? It’s called being respectful and paying your respects.

        • SpinMeNot

          Of course he can, he won’t.

        • MurphTacular

          Yes, one should always be respectful AND respectfully pay your most respectful respects. And it’s even better if you listen to Aretha sing “Respect” while doing so.

          Respectfully yours,

      • mike_in_kosovo

        They certainly didn’t have a problem sending an OFFICIAL delegation to Chavez’ funeral.

      • ozconservative

        Actually I would be more concerned for their safety…..wouldn’t want them to burst into flames as the coffin went by.

  • Peyton

    Obama was probably too busy with his Choom gang to remember much about Thatcher.

    • SpinMeNot

      He only remembers that she stood boldly against all his beliefs.

      • Adi

        Whatever those believes are/were. King Hussein the First is constantly “evolving” on a lot of issues as soon as it is convenient.

        I think this refusal comes mostly because The Messiah and The First Queen were dissed at the Royal Wedding and this is a payback, like anyone cares. If MT were to be the British PM today, they’ll be enemies anyways.

  • Clayton Grant

    I am not the least bit surprised. This falls right in line with returning the bust of Churchill.

    • SpinMeNot

      Nor am I disappointed. To be disappointed in this instance, one would be required to have expected him to behave otherwise.

      Anyone that doesn’t understand that the reasons — Uncle Joe goes to the funeral of a socialist dictator, but not an anti-socialist leader that pulled the UK out of a slump that had been going on for many years.

      Nuff said …

      • Garth Haycock

        Exactly. It’s no surprise at all that Dear Leader would do this.

        • Spatial Awareness

          On the bright side… the taxpayer won’t be footing a 15 million dollar tab…. >:^(

          • SpinMeNot

            Ah, there you go. That’s what I like about you Spatial, you always find the silver lining.


          • Spatial Awareness

            It’s a gift. ~_^

          • John W.

            And we would also be spared the embarrassment of seeing FLOTUS sporting a gaudy and wildly inappropriate designer outfit.

          • Kevin Goettl

            ….and the funeral ceremony won’t be fouled by the stench of this guy

      • Brett Martyn-Dow
        • SpinMeNot

          See my previous response. I’m old, but you don’t have to repeat something twice, especially when it just proves you don’t understand what is being discussed.

          For the record, there was an official delegation from the Congress, and numerous other Americans in attendance. The problem is not one single person as an official representative of the office of the President.

      • Brett Martyn-Dow
        • SpinMeNot

          There are numerous US government officials attending — none of them as an official delegation from the Office of the President of the United States.

          You need to get your facts straight before joining the ranks of outrage monkeys.

      • Roto

        Yea, Joe Biden would’ve probably cut a loud fart in St. Paul’s anyway…
        Obama could’ve sent Jon Carey to give the Queen a Benny Hill salute…

    • BlahBlah

      Barry is no mystery. He spelled all this out in 2007 and 2008. He told us exactly what he’d do to us. Except no one believed him.

      • almarquardt

        I think many people did believe him, and that’s even scarier.

      • Clayton Grant

        I agree. When he said transparent, he meant it. Anyone with half a brain can see right through him. No comic book X-Ray glasses required.

        • BlahBlah

          No, no. He said “transparent government”. That’s the part where he tells us everything he does. It’s coming in the third term. No, seriously.

    • CatHerder

      He doesn’t respect the living, I would be shocked to see him show respect for the dead.

      • John W.

        I think the President is to be applauded for not asking members of the Westboro Baptist Church to attend the funeral in his place.

  • Kristy Patullo

    This is beyond disgraceful. But it’s what’s to be expected from this administration. If only Sarah Palin had been President…

    • MurphTacular

      Relax: It’s only 3 years and seven months to go until the GOP gets to try again. :>

  • Jim Cooper

    Joe must have had an appointment with his hair-pluggist!

  • capisce

    In lieu of flowers, POTUS sending an IPod loaded with his best teleprompter moments.

    Not surprised – even in death, the contrast of a true leader with whatever we have, cannot be ignored.

  • BlahBlah

    Anyone knows of all the legions of staff he has in the WH that no one knows what exactly they do there, does he even have a Chief of Protocol? Or is that Whoopi Goldberg?

  • almarquardt

    Maybe it’s a good thing they’re not sending anyone, even themselves, because I can’t imagine anyone in this administration worthy to be in Lady Thatcher’s presence whether she’s alive or not.

    Harsh, I know, but the more Obama and other leftists do, the more contempt I feel for them.

    • SpinMeNot

      And quite correct …

    • divingpetrel

      My humble opinion – I do not feel that Obama, nor anyone in his administration, is deserving of being in the presence of even the remains of this great lady. I believe it would be fitting for the official U.S. representation to be a chair with a sign “Reserved for The Honorable Mr. Reagan”.

      • almarquardt

        Now that I would love to see!

    • dunst43

      You’re right Andra. Who could Obama send that would not be over shadowed by Lady Thatcher’s character? No one.

  • Mamaelk09

    I say we volunteer Clint Eastwood to go!

    • SpinMeNot

      Maybe we can just send the empty chair?

  • Scott Acevedo

    Just tell Obama that there’s some good golf courses over there! He will change his mind.

  • LordElrond09

    If you saw that documentary about Obama, you don’t believe for a minute this man hates British and American superiority? He hates America and he hates the British.

  • James A. Lonon

    Frankly I am not surprised. This is the person who doesn’t even respect our own (probably because he is not even a citizen) national anthem or flag. He doesn’t place hand over heart or sing along and talks on his cell phone as he returns a salute. Michelle O. rolls her eyes and mouths the words “this stupid ” crap again?” as the anthem plays. If they don’t respect our country how can he respect or closest friends?

  • tony greene

    obummer and another of his abysmal acts.

  • $1014973

    He continues to amaze.

  • Alan Larsen

    Wouldn’t expect anything less from this administration or it’s minions.

  • Steve_J

    Not even a recording of all his speeches?

  • Glitter

    I hope Great Britain will forgive the U.S. This sickens me.

  • Brian Roastbeef

    Meh, screw it. Does anybody really want to see Biden over there, anyway? Better that Baker and Schultz are going instead. At least they have some connection to the USA of Reagan and UK of Thatcher, not these cheap imitations that inhabit the world today.

  • ltgreen

    Not at all surprised. Obama is an embarrassment and no one to be proud of.

  • EverybodyTalks

    Unbelievable….I would loved to have had these piles of humanity meet Mrs. Thatcher in a dark alley….do I need to say where I’d place my bet?

  • stillinthe60s

    Legacy envy is a terrible thing to watch. Just surprised President Petty didn’t send envoy to Hugo’s send off. Oh we’ll, maybe Fidel.

  • Tony

    Good. Thatcher was pure evil. Shut down my country and shut down industries.

    • Corey Dennison

      Morons like you truly do not understand what evil really is.

  • Tom Anderson

    I really am tired of being embarrassed by my president.

  • notenoughtime

    When will this nightmare occupying the White House and far too many mindsets be over?!

    • blueniner

      It is a bad dream!

  • agroulx

    I am not surprised. Why would he attend a funeral for somebody he 100% disagrees with and probably can’t stand? I wouldn’t want Obama at my funeral anyway. I can’t wait until that piece of sh*t is gone.

  • SJ’s Dad

    Sarc-on / O’bama, playin’ it cool like ACAT:
    All Class All the Time! / Sarc-off

  • Brett McMicken

    petty and classless…..that sums obama up, perfectly.

    hold the funeral on a golf course and watch him show up.

  • R.C.

    Maybe hes sending an ipad with pics of delegates?

  • betzinva

    Iowahawk has it right, any representative of this administration would have burst into flames during the service, causing a distraction to a solemn remembrance for a great lady.

  • MikeAT_ACW

    Thank you God! I shutter to think how great an embarrassment to the US and the human race in general B Hussein Obama would be at the funeral of this great woman.

  • blueniner

    Obama in his Mussolini pose, with a look like his sh#t dont stink…Presidente Failure!

  • JoeRay

    no surprise here…took everything in him NOT to attend Hugo’s

  • AlmaAlma

    What – does – it – take – for – Liberals – to – WAKE UP – and – see – that they have voted in a COMMUNIST!!!!

  • bidentime

    The Brits have reserved an empty chair with 0s name on it.

  • ed

    Unbelievable. :(

  • Brett Martyn-Dow

    The US WILL be represented at Baroness Thatcher’s funeral:

    Quoting the article:

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will attend the funeral of Margaret Thatcher tomorrow as President Obama said he will stay away.
    Former secretaries of state George Shultz and James A. Baker III, who both served under Republican President Ronald Reagan, will lead the U.S. delegation sent by Obama, the White House said in a statement. Kissinger’s attendance was announced by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s office in London today.
    Reagan was Thatcher’s closest Cold-War ally during her term in office between 1979 and 1990. Republican former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne will attend, Cameron’s office said.
    Nobel Prize-winner Kissinger orchestrated the opening of relationships with Communist China in the 1970s. Thatcher strengthened ties with another branch of Communism in former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, 82, a man she said she “could do business with.” Gorbachev will not attend because of ill health.
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not be attending, spokesman Nick Merrill said in an e-mail today.
    Asked if Cameron thinks the U.S. had snubbed the U.K., the prime minister’s spokesman, Jean-Christophe Gray, said “absolutely not.”
    “The seniority of the dignitaries in the U.S. delegation that includes two former secretaries of state with whom Lady Thatcher worked with very closely herself, is testament to her global stature,” he said.


    • Roto

      Kissinger probably just sent a memo to the WH that he was going….

  • Ernest Dauterive

    i’m on a boat now,on the mississippi river,so i’m late with some of my mail,but obama not paying respects to the iron lady who helped reagon and the rest of the free world end communisim,does not suprise me.we live in a new era where young people are nerdy smart when it comes to smart phones,social media,windows and apple,not to mention entitlements,but does not know that in world war 2,we were fighting the japanese and germans at the same time.

  • Ernest Dauterive

    knows nothing about the bible,our founding fathers,has to solve every math problem with a calculater[does not know how to use pencil or eracer]drinks sodas faster than we used to drink water.

  • Ernest Dauterive

    it won’t be hard for obama to erace our struggles for freedom and re-program the digital age youth to give up all the hard earned[paid in blood]freedoms and live on the government’s entitlements as long you’re in the governments good graces.

  • ed
  • B D

    Im fine with this. Thatcher let the children starve in the streets and created the biggest divide between the haves and have nots in modern Brit. history. She was a controversial figure at best. Not worthy of USA time or money in this day and age. We must move forward and not let ourselves be consumed with outdated politics. The country no longer has any interest in obsolete Reagan/Thatcher politics. We are a center-left country now, with the trend still heading even further left.

    • Axelgreaser


    • Roto

      Yea, I remember BBC news clips of dead children’s bodies in the streets… :rolleyes:

    • CherDash

      @google-14ae2d24511f2c516be562a4c035718f:disqus: You say that like turning left is a good thing. It’s not.

  • Axelgreaser

    Obama is repulsive!

  • Frank Gochakowski

    i am ashamed of obama, i have no respect for him at all. he seems to think the white house is his playground. please have the next three and a half years go by fast.

    • Roto

      Remember Obama’s quote, “…whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower…”

  • Roto

    With 170 countries there, watching the funeral with no U.S. Admin. reps in the front row is humiliating. VP Cheney and Newt Gingrich gave us some dignity by going. Kissinger, Baker and Shultz are just part of the crowd. Obama is a freakin disgrace to our nation!!!
    At least Joe Biden would’ve cut a healthy fart in St. Paul’s Cathedral….

  • mdtljt

    What a sorry, petty imbecile this….this…Jackhole-in-Chief is…I’m gonna have to get a bunch of Prilosec to keep the bile down. Psycho Chavez gets a delegation but this offense to all that is good about the US can’t be bothered to honor a true friend of our country….Bill Murray was right…dogs & cats living in sin everywhere are celebrating…I’d suggest a Twitter Shame Campaign, if one hasn’t already been started but since the JiC (see above) has no shame…yeesh…

  • skip1930

    This appears to be typical from this discussing president. This is the same S.O.B. who returned the bust of Sir Winston Churchill and replaced it with a statue of Rosa Parks. Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama, ll … absolutely despicable.

  • skip1930

    08-April-2013~Former Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher died in a suite at the Ritz today after suffering a severe stroke.

    Britain’s first and only female political leader passed away peacefully aged 87, after battling poor health for more than a decade.

    After a minor operation over Christmas, Baroness Thatcher had spent the past few months recuperating at the five-star hotel in cen…tral London.

    The Iron Lady was given 24-hour care by nursing staff in her suite, after becoming too frail to stay in her Belgravia home.

    The grocer’s daughter, who became the longest serving British prime minister of the 20th century, will be honoured with a full ceremonial funeral – one step below a state funeral – at St Paul’s Cathedral next week.

    Not since Winston Churchill’s death has a politician been granted such a tribute. His funeral was also held there in 1965.

    Her spokesman Lord Bell said: ‘It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning’.

    Her daughter Carol dashed from her home in the Alps to London on Sunday morning to be by her mother’s side before she died.

    The Queen was sad to hear of Baroness Thatcher’s death and Her Majesty will send a private message of sympathy to the family, Buckingham Palace said today.

    The last true Conservative has left the island. Turn out the lights and walk away, and leave the place to the savages.

    The Savages

    Dancing on Thatcher’s Grave: Brixton’s Iron Lady Death Party Ends in Looting and Arrests

    Revellers in Brixton staged a street party to celebrate Margaret Thatcher’s death, culminating in arrests and an attack on a local charity shop.

    Around 100 hundred people were out on the streets to celebrate the death of the former prime minister, whose death from a stroke was announced on Monday.

    A board at the famous Ritzy cinema in Windrush Square was hijacked by partygoers who swapped the letters to read ‘Margaret Thatcher’s Dead.’

    Smashed glass was strewn on the street after the window of charity shop Barnardos was kicked in during ugly scenes.

    Police officers trying to keep order were attacked, with extra numbers drafted in to stop revellers spilling out on to the roads and causing traffic delays.

    Two women were arrested on suspicion of burglary and spent the night in cells after Barnardos was targeted during celebrations.

    IBTimes UK reporter Ewan Palmer was at the scene. He said: “There was the notion that this morbid celebration has been planned in thousands of people’s heads for more than 30 years.

    “Police stood by and watched as more and more people arrived with their drink and banners mocking her death. Shouts of ‘Maggie, Maggie, Maggie! dead, dead, dead!” rang around gleefully.

    “Chalk was handed out so people could graffiti their own message on the ground and surrounding walls.

    “There were even two guys playing double bass and acoustic guitar in the crowd for a sing-along. At the start of the evening, the whole thing resembled a middle-class music festival more than a raucous demo.

    “Almost inevitably after a few hours of people drinking in the streets, this escalated into scenes of unrest between people and riot police, resulting in arrests and even serious injury.”

    Funny thing … nearly all of the classless vulgar yobs pictured in the article are too young to have had any real recollection of the woman or her influence as PM at all. Come on. She stepped down in 1990, 23 years ago. Only the rarest of rare youths is even slightly politically aware by the age of 13; so almost no one under 36 knew a thing about her firsthand. And nearly everyone in the photos is under 30. Arsehats.

    Ding Dong The Witch is Dead is set to top the charts after a Facebook campaign in the wake of Margaret Thatcher’s passing sent Judy Garland’s hit soaring into the iTunes Top 30 download chart.

    Within 24 hours of the announcement that the former Conservative leader had died, the song, which features in the 1939 musical The Wizard of Oz, had rocketed to number 26.

    The Facebook campaign posted a link to the song and urged people to download it. The group already has more than 2,500 members.

    “Now get over to iTunes and make this number one !!” one user wrote.

    Another critic said: “She died in the Ritz, that £3000 a night hotel of opulent luxury. She shafted the poor to the end, what a vile old bag. Ding Dong the Wicked witch is dead.”

    Really? I wouldn’t bet a leftover order of fish ‘n chips that the hotel bill was paid for with family money, or if not, then from an insurance plan no different than any other PM or MP has. More toxic bilge from the hater class. People without shame, mercy, or the merest scrap of kindness or decency.

    And you know that A.C.O.R.N. organizer, Obama would be out there with them if he could. Did you hear that worthless pustulant dog’s bottom dribble statement he made about her passing? “She would be a great example to my daughters of what they could achieve” or some such twaddle. Pretty much blah-blahing every positive thing the woman did as PM. You know, little things, like bring the nation back from the verge of extinction, halt runaway inflation, and help usher in an era of prosperity. But hey, ignore that. She got herself elected Top Dog, so let’s just use her as an example of glass ceiling breaking. What a sissy putz he is.
    Oh, excuse me … it looks like the White House issued a statement. It’s not like Golf Boy actually got up on a podium somewhere and said something.

    “As prime minister, she helped restore the confidence and pride that has always been the hallmark of Britain at its best … as an unapologetic supporter of our transatlantic alliance, she knew that with strength and resolve we could win the Cold War and extend freedom’s promise,” said the president’s statement.

    “In America, many of us will never forget her standing shoulder to shoulder with President Reagan, reminding the world that we are not simply carried along by the currents of history — we can shape them with moral conviction, unyielding courage and iron will.”

    Obama’s statement also tried to portray her successful rise from a middle-class beginning as a victory for feminism. ”As a grocer’s daughter who rose to become Britain’s first female prime minister, she stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can’t be shattered,” the president said.

    But Thatcher, who once declared, “I owe nothing to women’s lib,” believed in a mix of traditional and post-60s attitudes, and she did not push policies that favored university-trained professional women.

    Can’t see the forest for the trees that his imagination insists are there.

  • $46661540

    This might just be my reading of the situation, but it seems like Lady Thatcher was/is more liked in the US than her home country.

    • Roto

      She was like a grandmother who disciplined her grandkids, and they grew up resenting her — even though it made them adults.

  • e bow

    Don’t let facts get in the way:
    From Bloomberg 04/15/2013:

    President Barack Obama named former secretaries of state George Shultz and James A. Baker to lead the U.S. delegation attending the funeral of former British Prime Minister tomorrow.
    Both men served while Thatcher was prime minister. Shultz was the chief U.S. diplomat under President Ronald Reagan, Thatcher’s Cold-War ally. Baker served under President George H.W. Bush, who succeeded Reagan in office.
    Also included in the delegation are Barbara Stephenson, charge d’affaires to the United Kingdom and Louis Susman, former U.S. ambassador to the U.K.

    • Roto

      Don’t let facts get in the way:

      Downing Street is most angered by rejections from Obama, First Lady Michelle and Vice-President Joe Biden. And none of the four surviving ex-US leaders – Jimmy Carter, George Bush Sr, Bill Clinton and George Bush Jr – is coming either.

      A No. 10 source said last night: “We are a little surprised by the White House’s reaction as we were expecting a high-profile attendance.” (Sun)

      • e bow

        My response was to the headline. The president named representatives to attend the funeral so the headline is incorrect. Your response complains about former US leaders not attending. That would be up to them. To expect the President or Vice President to automatically attend is presumptuous and the White House would be roundly criticized for sending only the FIrst Lady. The President appointed a perfectly appropriate group to attend the funeral. They were her peers and served when she served.

        • Roto

          That’s not MY response. It’s the BRITISH GOVERNMENT’S response — that’s what No. 10 means and the use of quote marks. Not sending a prominent **Obama administration** official was “surprising” (see insulting) to the British Government — THEIR response, not mine. If you don’t know who a “high-profile” Obama administration offical would be, I can’t help you. The freakin Chargé d’affaires LIVES in London. Obama should’ve sent his golf cart driver — he’s more important.

          • e bow

            But it still doesn’t make the headline true. There is a difference. I am pointing out a lie. You are claiming via the “Sun” (Mr. Murdoch’s tabloid) “the British Government” (read unknown source) is surprised. (insulted?). All caps isn’t necessary. We aren’t having an argument because we are not talking about the same thing. Even if the British government was displeased with the American Administration’s representatives; it doesn’t mean there weren’t any.

          • Roto

            Sorry, I guess “No. 10 source” and the concept of a direct quote still wasn’t enough to overcome the Moonbat Conspiracy Syndrome. FORMER Secretaries of State are not part of Obama’s “American Administration.” Parse words as you must, but the world sees Obama’s gaffe as a snub. And since you’ll believe anything on loopnut Bloomberg’s site (read YOUR source), they agreed with Twitchy:

            “Snubbing the Iron Lady — The Obama administration’s decision not to send any serving official to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral today was a mistake… Administration officials said no one was available because this is a busy week on Capitol Hill… As a result, the Democrat administration looks a little too like the French, or worse, Thatcher’s ideological foes in the U.K., who turned up at the funeral procession to turn their backs in disrespect.”


          • e bow

            I am not parsing words the President sent a delegation with representatives. The headline is a lie. That means not true. Take exception to the delegates, but they were there. I am done explaining why the story headline is not true.

          • Roto

            Bloomberg’s out? :-) No, you won’t stop lying about the headline.

            Question: What “Obama … representative” (headline verbatim) sent, reports directly to Obama?
            Answer: NONE

            I’m done too…

          • e bow

            I’m lying now? Is your name Joe McCarthy or do you have a paper in your pocket?

  • Patsplacepp

    Shouldn’t Twitchy have an update by now?

    From Bloomberg 04/15/2013:

    President Barack Obama named former secretaries of state George Shultz and James A. Baker to lead the U.S. delegation attending the funeral of former British Prime Minister tomorrow.
    Both men served while Thatcher was prime minister. Shultz was the chief U.S. diplomat under President Ronald Reagan, Thatcher’s Cold-War ally. Baker served under President George H.W. Bush, who succeeded Reagan in office.
    Also included in the delegation are Barbara Stephenson, charge d’affaires to the United Kingdom and Louis Susman, former U.S. ambassador to the U.K.

    Also included in the delegation are Barbara Stephenson, charge d’affaires to the United Kingdom and Louis Susman, former U.S. ambassador to the U.K.

    Love him or hate him ”

    Disappointing: Obama will not send a representative to Thatcher funeral” is wrong

    • Roto

      Twitchy doesn’t need updating — “That’s right. President Obama is not sending a single member **of his administration** to represent the United States at Lady Thatcher’s funeral.”

      Post the names **of Obama’s administration** sent to the funeral.

  • Golphin

    I’m glad hes not going. Oblameo is not qualified to clean her toilets.

  • Stan

    Having Obama at the funeral of this Great Lady would no doubt be an embarrassment to this country anyway. I imagine she would have snubbed this low life anyway.

  • Jeanne Swaney

    We taxpayers just spent 500,000 for Joe Biden to go to Paris for one night, along with another bill of $459,000 for one night in London, for who knows what. And now the administration can’t see fit to send anyone over for Lady Thatcher’s funeral? They are blowing money right and left, and yet they can’t attend this woman’s funeral. So why did they go to Hugo Chavez’s funeral?

  • toreilly

    He’s such an embarrassment…

  • Blake Waymire

    Obama doesn’t operate on what’s good for the US and her allies, he only operates on what he thinks is best for him. Anyone from the UK reading this, please do not take Obama’s snub to be a reflection of the thoughts of the American people as a whole. I hope that one day in the future we might produce a President who is better than this.

  • j p

    The Brits sent a former prime minister to attend Nixon’s funeral. Let’s see what other allies we can snub while we court our enemies.

    • Roto

      That was the first PM funeral that the Queen has attended since Churchill’s, but Obama didn’t think it was important….

      • j p

        Maybe the queen told him not to come? Maybe she has enough iPods. Classy.

  • SecurityGigs

    President Barack Obama named former secretaries of state George Shultz and James A. Baker to lead the U.S. delegation attending the funeral of former British Prime Minister tomorrow.
    Both men served while Thatcher was prime minister. Shultz was the chief U.S. diplomat under President Ronald Reagan, Thatcher’s Cold-War ally. Baker served under President George H.W. Bush, who succeeded Reagan in office.
    Also included in the delegation are Barbara Stephenson, charge d’affaires to the United Kingdom and Louis Susman, former U.S. ambassador to the U.K.

    • Dimart45

      There should have been a representative of the CURRENT administration.

  • SecurityGigs

    Don’t let Malik use you as a tool to disseminate hate.

  • Dimart45

    This administration is continually making our allies wonder why they should bother and treating our enemies with gifts, praise and apologies. Disgusting!

  • InDefenseofFreedom

    I know I’m late to this thread but I thought I’d point out…
    – Reagan/Thatcher brought down the Soviet Union
    – BO and Putin are friends
    – I doubt BO thought that bringing down the Soviet Union was a good thing
    …just proves we’ve elected the enemy.

  • Dan Thorpe

    Not surpising because Lady Thatcher represents everything Progressives despise. I mentioned my disappointment to a lib today and he said good. He called Thatcher scum of the earth.

  • G.

    That’s OK homey; we won’t grieve or come to yours when the time comes. You’ll be just another pile of trash taken to the curb.

  • $27789750

    Childish and political. We don’t have a statesman at the helm, we have a petulant aging adolescent.