Slighting Lady Thatcher and the British Yet Again
Tomorrow is the funeral for Lady Margaret Thatcher. Those in attendance will remember Lady Thatcher’s great work as prime minister of Great Britain, and no American should forget the Iron Lady’s steadfast commitment to the United States during the Cold War, throughout her time in office, and until her death.
President Obama will send a four-person delegation headed by two former Republican secretaries of state, James Baker and George Schultz, to attend her funeral. But his blatant refusal to send a member of his own administration is something the British view as a snub.
From the Daily Mail:
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.
Though the House passed a resolution to honor the Iron Lady the day after her death on April 8, the Senate has failed to do the same, thanks to a hold on the resolution by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), which speaks volumes.
And the President’s decision only adds insult to injury.
Regardless of political ideology or party, it is impossible to ignore the great work Lady Thatcher did, returning economic prosperity to her own country that it so sorely lacked before she came to power and strengthening Great Britain’s relationship with the United States.
The President cites a politically busy week (i.e. his continued tirade on gun control) as his reason for being unable to send even one member of his administration to the funeral. Secretary of State John Kerry’s absence will also be very conspicuous.
It would be difficult to identify a truer friend to the United States than Baroness Thatcher. Most Americans recognize this, but unfortunately, our respect and — for the freedom loving among us — admiration for Lady Thatcher is not being conveyed by some of our elected leaders.