Obama honors Mandela in ways he snubbed Thatcher

To honor the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, President Barack Obama ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-mast and announced he and the first lady will be attending the funeral services. The same respect, however, wasn’t paid for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

“President Obama and the first lady will go to South Africa next week to pay their respects to the memory of Nelson Mandela and to participate in memorial events,” White House press secretary Jay Carney announced, according to USA Today. “We’ll have further updates on timing and logistics as they become available.”

The president also ordered that flags at all federal buildings and installations be flown at half-mast until Monday evening.

A month after Thatcher’s April 8 death, the president offered warm words for the “Iron Lady” at a joint press conference with former British Prime Minister David Cameron, according to The Telegraph.

“Here in the United States, we joined our British friends in mourning the passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, a great champion of freedom and liberty and of the alliance that we carry on today,” Obama said.

“Thank you for what you said about Margaret Thatcher,” Cameron responded. “It was a pleasure to welcome so many Americans to her remarkable funeral in the UK.”

Those Americans, however, did not include either the president or first lady. The Telegraph reported:

Significantly, however, those Americans who attended Lady Thatcher’s funeral in St Paul’s Cathedral did not include a single serving member of the Obama administration in Washington. As is so often the case with President Obama, his flowery, grandiose words frequently fail to match his actions. There is a name for this kind of approach – rank hypocrisy.

What about the flags? The lowering of U.S. flags to mark the death of foreign dignitaries is a rare event, according to National Public Radio. It’s generally reserved for those with whom the United States has a special relationship.

NPR reported:

But it’s uncommon for the U.S. flag to be lowered in honor of foreign leaders’ deaths. Obama issued a statement of mourning earlier this year after the death of Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of the United Kingdom, but he didn’t order the lowering of the American flag. In fact, the last foreign dignitary to be memorialized with the flag was Pope John Paul II in 2005.

“What makes Washington’s little acts of thoughtlessness so telling is that they attract more attention than doing the right thing would,” the New York Post wrote after the Thatcher snub.

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  • karryokie

    If Rutgers asks for a moment of silence tonight at the football game,I’m going to yell:”Killa”,to use their vernacular.

  • Dis

    That is because Obama is a POS racist communist just like Mandela. Both have innocents blood on their hands.

  • JimSherwood3

    Only 2 more words do I wish to hear coming from Obama’s mouth They are in this order – GOOD & BYE.

  • rod

    Michael Dorstewitz Koch family puppet.

    • Mackie72

      Oh yeah, right, I’m sure he’s being paid gobs of cash by the Kochs for the TRUE story above, moron.

  • viokand

    More than 70 world leaders will attend Mandela’s funeral, you should have asked them why they didn’t attend Maggie Thatcher’s. Even the French government lighted up the Eiffel tower to honor the death of Nelson Mandela, you should have asked how come they didn’t do it for Maggie Thatcher.

    • David Welch

      I care not what the French government does with their rusty edifice. As an American I am dismayed and embarrassed that our noble Flag was lowered for a communist.

      • viokand

        If given a choice between the apartheid system and communism, which one will you choose?

        • David Welch

          I would reject either. To fight for freedom is as natural as breathing.
          “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of Patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.” THOMAS JEFFERSON

          • viokand

            I agree with you, obviously you need help to take on a government that is militarily buoyant with 4 nuclear bombs, if every person you asked for help refuses your plea for help and only Castro offered to free you, would you accept his offer or would you reject it and continue to live under the apartheid system that has lasted for 75 years?

          • David Welch

            To have this exchange from my original comment borders on the absurd but to answer your question I refer to my previous post. I would prefer to go down fighting and take as many as possible with me rather than live under either form of oppression. I admit age plays a role in my attitude. I am 64 and have had a great life both in civilian life and in military service.

          • viokand

            I am glad to know that you were in the military service, obviously you had the support of your country that furnished you with all the necessary fighting and defense gear, you received help, you didn’t go out there with a sling shot to confront people with bazooka, the same help you received was denied to Mandela by the so called democratic conscious states who were in bed with apartheid, and as such he didn’t have any choice than to seek help from unlikely avenues, obviously to you that made him a communist, but as a president Mandela was not a communist, actually he conducted the first free all inclusive democratic elections in South Africa

  • fatmababy105

    Obama snubbed Thatcher because she was WHITE.