Despicable But Not Unexpected: Obama Refuses To Send Envoy To Margaret Thatcher’s Funeral

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JoshuaPundit: Apparently Baroness Thatcher, one of America’s staunchest Cold War allies rates a great deal lower on President Obama’s priorities than a fascist thug like Hugo Chavez, who received an official U.S. envoy. Of course if we understand Obama’s background and disdain for Britain, Winston Churchill and Conservatism… this is no surprise!!

The White House informed the British government that it would not be sending an envoy to here funeral, citing ‘a busy week’. That decision was made before the Boston Bombing, by the way:

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.

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.

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.

What is the White House so busy with? A spokesman from our UK embassy clarified the matter, saying that both the First Lady and the Vice President were ‘the President’s point people on gun control’, adding: ‘This is a week when there is a lot of movement on Capitol Hill on gun control issues.’

Joe Biden is riding shotgun? Heaven help us.

One correction. The phrase ‘U.S. delegation ‘ implies some kind of official status. Baker and Shultz were going to attend as private citizens. So are former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. And House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced that the House will send a delegation to London this week to represent the U.S. House of Representatives at the funeral, led by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).

We all know by now that out president is not exactly a class act,and that this is a calculated and deliberate insult, and while the Brits are phrasing their ‘disappointment’ in diplomatic language, they understand.

After all, President Barack Obama has already let it be known on a number of occasions that he has little regard for any special relationship between America and Britain.

But that brings something to mind.

When Mitt Romney traveled to the UK as a presidential candidate, he received a rude, foul and totally unjustified reception from the British,being criticized and insulted for things he never even said.The Obama media here made a huge deal out of it, and I recall the Obama worship in the British press.

But had Romney gotten elected, I guarantee you he would have come to Britain to pay his respects to America’s great ally in spite of that.

That might just be something for our cousins across the Pond to consider.

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3 Responses to Despicable But Not Unexpected: Obama Refuses To Send Envoy To Margaret Thatcher’s Funeral

  1. Ask Marion says:

    AskMarion – This comment was emailed to me dircectly:
    Margaret Thatcher was one of a kind sadly. Thatcher and Reagan were fast friends and allies. She gave a moving tribute to Ronnie when he passed. It is a disgrace that no one from our government went to her funeral; no official envoy. I believe Michele Bachmann, ohn McCain, Dick Cheney and two former secretatiries of state from the Reagan Era that worked with her, James Baker and George Shultz, went. But Obama and co, as well as the Clintons and the Bushes, all stayed home. Shameful.

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