US to send low-level delegation to Margaret Thatcher funeral

Neither President Barack Obama nor the first lady will be attending the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Nor will he be sending any senior White House officials.

The Obama administration has instead opted “for low key official representation” at Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday, according to The Guardian in London.

The Guardian reported:

While Barack Obama was invited, he has opted to send a presidential delegation comprising no serving politicians. Shultz was secretary of state to Ronald Reagan while Baker served the elder George Bush. Also representing Obama will be Barbara Stephenson, chargé d’affaires at the US embassy in London, and Louis Susman, the recently departed ambassador to Britain.

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Glory days: Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and President Ronald Reagan. Photo credit: www.nydailynews.com

The fact that the U.S. president, vice president and secretary of state will not be in attendance cannot be equated with the absence of other political leaders. Three sitting Republicans will be in attendance: U.S. Reps. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Michele Bachman of Minnesota and George Holding of North Carolina.

Former House Speaker Newt Gringrich, who ran for president in 2012, will be there, too.

Thatcher ascended to the prime ministry at a time when Britain’s industry was heavily socialized and the country was experiencing abysmal economic growth. Although her policies revitalized Britain’s economy, she was reviled by the left and never attained popularity until April 1982, when Argentina invaded the British-held Falkland Islands.

No enemy to a workable battle plan, she boldly ordered a fleet of British warships to the South Atlantic, reasoning that by the time the ships arrived, a plan would be in place.

Thatcher’s reasoning was confirmed. On June 14, 1982, the Brits regained control of the islands and have held it since.

The “Iron Lady,” as she was fondly known, was a close friend to the late President Ronald Reagan and former President George H.W. Bush.

Read more at The Guardian.

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  • Christel Reynolds

    "By your deeds I shall know you…" – God. Do the rest of you "get it" yet? The Indonesian bastard is a criminal. Send high level envoys to the Communist's funeral, but not to this great nation who is our ally's funeral. He knew about the Boston bombing just as he knew about New Town (before the fact). Had to personally stay to witness the carnage and to try to "look Presidential". The Gay man and his beard aren't fooling anyone. We are America and YOU aren't Barry Soetoro. George Soros is your puppet master and we have had enough of his Nazi/Communist agenda.

  • KB Cook

    I have nothing but the utmost respect for Mrs. Thatcher's legacy and I have nothing but the uttermost disdain for the naked emperor who occupies the White House currently.

  • Jay Morgan

    Jeeze…ever think that with the current danger and turmoil in the world, protecting a U.S. President at a public funeral might overshadow a nation paying its respects to one of their own leaders? No…of course not. Always a conspiracy or agenda to criticize.

  • tim

    Obama is afraid of strong willed people who cannot be bullied…..She would have kicked his ass in her day.