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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by wbcoleman View Post
    If he can make decisions while he's golfing in Hawaii, why not in London?
    No, the President was needed here because of the bombings. But the decision not to go was surely made before that. I would think that a President would have his Vice President head the American delegation. Isn't that de rigueur?

    Not with either Obama Admin, apparently. This isn't the first time he has been, in my opinion, cavalier with the British.

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    No, the President was needed here because of the bombings. But the decision not to go was surely made before that. I would think that a President would have his Vice President head the American delegation. Isn't that de rigueur?

    Not with either Obama Admin, apparently. This isn't the first time he has been, in my opinion, cavalier with the British.
    And yet despite the return of Churchill's bust, the crappy CD set from Walmart that doesn't work and this Obama sells out U.K. to Russia despite his popularity there | J.P. Freire | Beltway Confidential | San Francisco Examiner , the Brits still like him.

    It's much like Chance the Gardener in Being There.

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Interesting. Most of the protesters come across as middle-class. None of them give a **** about who came or who didn't.

    Thatcher funeral protesters turn backs on Iron Lady - video - Channel 4 News
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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Sure.
    Easy to say, but the world doesn't work that way. This was a state funeral in all but name, and a high-level U.S. delegation was required. It wasn't even a question of honoring Mrs Thatcher, it was a question of honoring the United Kingdom, our close friend and ally.
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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    Interesting. Most of the protesters come across as middle-class. None of them give a **** about who came or who didn't.

    Thatcher funeral protesters turn backs on Iron Lady - video - Channel 4 News
    I've been reading the British papers. Amazing to compare the Guardian's comments with the Telegraph's.
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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    Interesting. Most of the protesters come across as middle-class. None of them give a **** about who came or who didn't.

    Thatcher funeral protesters turn backs on Iron Lady - video - Channel 4 News
    From your link: "Out on the streets of London Alex Thomson was speaking to protesters, the few that turned up, to find out how they felt about the day's proceedings."

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    If Obama had sent Bidden, J-mac would complain that Obama himself didn't go. I personally think he should have just sent Reagan's corpse. Maybe that would have made some idiots happy.
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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    And yet despite the return of Churchill's bust, the crappy CD set from Walmart that doesn't work and this Obama sells out U.K. to Russia despite his popularity there | J.P. Freire | Beltway Confidential | San Francisco Examiner , the Brits still like him.

    It's much like Chance the Gardener in Being There.
    Unlike Americans, the Brits don't buy the tea party's lumpen propaganda. Not to mention the fact that half of them despise Thatcher, since they had to suffer under her misrule and listen to her horrid schoolmarm voice.

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by wbcoleman View Post
    Americans might notice which of our allies decide to snub the future commemorations of Presidents Carter or Bush.
    I don' think they will. I think when Obama goes, then we will see the snub.

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post
    Just an FYI, Obama will be at the memorial for the Boston Marathon on Thursday while Thatcher's funeral is on Wednesday, now I don't know the times of each of these events or how quickly the President can fly across the Atlantic or what other business he has on his schedule but I imagine between the two most Americans would agree he should be in Boston.
    Ah, but you see it is his responsibility to be at the funeral of a former head of state while it is not his responsibility to be at the funeral of a private person who died in Boston. He is going to the funeral in Boston to look good even though he has no place there.

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