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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    This is unbelievable....Not one current official to send to Margret Thatcher's funeral? I mean come on! How many times can Obama snub England? Or any of our other traditional allies for that matter?

    For comparison consider, I believe that when Reagan died, England was represented by the current, as well as the former PM at the time, the Queen herself, and other dignitaries....We can't spare one current administration official?

    BTW, I know that the partisan progressives will instantly say that Bush isn't going either, being as that is the go to excuse for them, and personally I don't think that is right either...Bush should go.
    Almost no leaders are going to attend the funeral. And to be honest, why would they for a woman who stopped serving as a PM in 1990, 23 years or so ago.

    Even in her own country she is equally loved and hated. Her policies have (as some called it) blighted the UK with abject poverty and serious social problems due to high unemployment and the downfall of industrial Britain.

    So for a world leader from way back when, why should a more senior group of dignitaries go? Reagan was president of the US during the cold war and leader of his country. While the PM is a high function in the UK, the Queen is officially the leader of the UK, not the PM.

    Now if Queen Elizabeth the second dies more senior people from the US will go because she is the leader of her country, for a PM from 23 years ago, the people that are going are more than adequate.

    And Obama has more pressing issues than going to memorial services in the UK (making the cost of the funeral go up even more).
    Former military man (and now babysitter of Donald Trump) John Kelly, is a big loud lying empty barrel!

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by notquiteright View Post
    Just an observation- seems President Obama has not made one major correct step in your book.
    You say this having been around here for less than 1/4 of his tenure in office.
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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    No, I don't expect the world to snub it, just as the world didn't snub Thatcher's funeral.
    You're right, the world certainly has not snubbed Mrs Thatcher's funeral. Just the United States.
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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King View Post
    Almost no leaders are going to attend the funeral. And to be honest, why would they for a woman who stopped serving as a PM in 1990, 23 years or so ago.
    At least eleven sitting prime ministers are attending.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King View Post
    Even in her own country she is equally loved and hated. Her policies have (as some called it) blighted the UK with abject poverty and serious social problems due to high unemployment and the downfall of industrial Britain.
    Even Alex Salmond is rousing himself to attend.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King View Post
    So for a world leader from way back when, why should a more senior group of dignitaries go? Reagan was president of the US during the cold war and leader of his country. While the PM is a high function in the UK, the Queen is officially the leader of the UK, not the PM.
    Yeah, that explains why no one of note attended Winston Churchill's funeral in 1965!
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    Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by wbcoleman View Post
    You're right, the world certainly has not snubbed Mrs Thatcher's funeral. Just the United States.
    How has the US snubbed it? You mean because someone decided to bomb the Boston Marathon and that news took precedence over a dead old lady's funeral? Is that a snub?

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    How has the US snubbed it? You mean because someone decided to bomb the Boston Marathon and that news took precedence over a dead old lady's funeral? Is that a snub?
    Are you saying that the decision not to attend was made yesterday afternoon???
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    Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by wbcoleman View Post
    Are you saying that the decision not to attend was made yesterday afternoon???
    The decision for who not to attend? If you mean Obama, or even GW Bush, why would they attend??? It would make no sense, unless they personally knew her.
    Last edited by The Man; 04-17-13 at 01:09 AM.

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by wbcoleman View Post
    At least eleven sitting prime ministers are attending.
    Out of what, a 170 countries? Most commonwealth countries (former UK colonies) will not send a PM.

    Quote Originally Posted by wbcoleman View Post
    Even Alex Salmond is rousing himself to attend.
    Yeah, because Thatchers blunders and unpopular politics helped Salmond get more Scottish independence. Also, he is a PM in the UK.

    Quote Originally Posted by wbcoleman View Post
    Yeah, that explains why no one of note attended Winston Churchill's funeral in 1965!
    He got a state funeral, a lot of people will have attended. And he was a wartime hero, Thatcher was not.
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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King View Post
    Out of what, a 170 countries? Most commonwealth countries (former UK colonies) will not send a PM.
    But they'll be sending their top representatives, right?

    Yeah, because Thatchers blunders and unpopular politics helped Salmond get more Scottish independence. Also, he is a PM in the UK.
    And yet she served for all those years. Remarkable for one so unpopular.

    He got a state funeral, a lot of people will have attended. And he was a wartime hero, Thatcher was not.
    The win in the Falklands certainly energized the British people.

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    my hope is that Obama will have a very public golf outing in the USA about the same time as the UK funeral ceremonies. with any luck, labor leaders will accompany him on the links

    and all this whining from the reich wing. that dick cheney is attending; throw in netanyahu, too. the dark side WILL be represented. as it should be
    we are negotiating about dividing a pizza and in the meantime israel is eating it
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