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    Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    President Obama's delegation to the funeral of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher is drawing some flak in London.Two former Republican secretaries of State -- James Baker and George Shultz -- will lead the U.S. delegation to the Thatcher funeral on Wednesday.
    Some British press reports noted that the delegation does not include a former president or a member of the current Obama administration.
    "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," reports the Daily Mail.
    The Sun called it a "snub," and said that "Downing Street is most angered by rejections from Obama, first lady Michelle and Vice President Joe Biden. And none of the four surviving ex-U.S. leaders -- Jimmy Carter, George Bush Sr., Bill Clinton and George Bush Jr. -- is coming either.

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    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.
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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    I'm curious what those who make such a big deal out of Romney "Snubbing" england at the Olympics make of this

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Why would Bush in particular go?

    I don't really think this matters.

    If we sent no one then it would be a snub, but Thatcher hasn't been PM in years and has just been a member of the house of lords. So wouldn't it be fitting that former officials during Thatcher's time would go to her funeral? I would rather people I worked with go than some officials I had never meet.

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    My gut says that he should have went. You could make the argument though that he has his hands full at home with the Boston Marathon bombing, and I think that would be a perfectly reasonable reason not to go, but it doesn't sound like he was planning on attending anyways. I don't see it as a huge deal though.
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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    The elder Bush has one foot in the grave and rides in an electric scooter. Not exactly unreasonable for him not to go. The younger George has said repeatedly he is done with politics. Obama has a budget battle, a terror attack, and an economy sliding sideways. There are lots of reasons no current official is going. It is pretty piss poor form, but somewhat justifiable I suppose. Sending some down-ticket cabinet member would be just as insulting in the view of those who look to be offended either way.

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Whatever.

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    If he went then there would be outrage that he was off to Europe while our country was in crisis.....it's a no win situation with this president and no matter what there are always those willing to find fault in everything he does or doesn't do.

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    I'm curious what those who make such a big deal out of Romney "Snubbing" england at the Olympics make of this
    Probably a lot less than those who went out of their way to defend Mitt to the death.


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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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlabamaPaul View Post
    Isn't the Secretary of State expendable?
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