I can also tell you that if this had been the funeral of Winston Churchill,
Obama would not have sent any official to that one either. But we can all be
happy to know that our dear leader did send a delegation to Hugo Chavez funeral.
He didn't need to though, as the U.S. was well represented by the likes of
Jesse Jackson, and Sean Penn.
National Crisis? What national crisis? He goes on vacation during our
"national crisis" all the time. The president can do nothing about what
happened in Boston or Texas.Attending the funeral for a former head
of state of another country is at least the President, Vice President, or
Secretary of State's job. I for one would not begrudge him going to the
funeral of someone who was of the stature of Thatcher.
"If President Obama had left the country to attend the funeral during a time
of our own natioal crisis, would you have been here decrying his leaving the
country to attend a funeral?"Just leaving the country might instill a
sense of proper conduct for this nation, but the circus appearance of security
would seriously detract from the POMP of the occasion in the UK.
@The Sensible MiddleIf President Obama had left the country to
attend the funeral during a time of our own natioal crisis, would you have been
here decrying his leaving the country to attend a funeral? In the
Conservative world, President Obama can do no right.
@Hemlock"Mrs. Thatcher's critics such as the coal miners
are still living in the coal age and not today's realities."I assume you lived near a coal mine during the 80's in the UK? I did and
Thatcher was a disaster. What would happen to Salt Lake City if unemployment
rose to 80% overnight? She destroyed communities, destroyed peoples livelihoods
and destroyed families. It will take generations to try and revert the damage
she did. Thatcher sold the crown jewels for a quick injection of cash while
heavily backing the financial market. We are currently headed for a triple
dip recession, we could have relied on our industrial exports but Thatcher sold
Lady Thatcher was one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, and history
will praise her wisdom, resolve, and success long after Obama's false
rhetoric, Marxist agenda, and serial failures to solve any problems in our
nation are revealed and reviled as a stark contract in leadership.Our nation should be represented by our President, or at least the Vice
President (yeah, even though it is "slow Joe" Biden) at a solemn
ceremony like this.The fact that a number of political opponents are
protesting Lady Thatcher's funeral just confirms that a certain percentage
of people are very badly informed, or have incredibly poor judgment.
It's disgraceful that no high ranking US official attended the funeral. At
the very least, the Vice President or a cabinet member should have attended.
The White House on Monday said that former Secretaries of State George Schultz
and James Baker would lead the president's delegation to former British
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's funeral.Schultz served under
President Reagan, while Baker was White House chief of staff. Baker was later
named Secretary of State during the George H.W. Bush administration.
Mrs. Thatcher's critics such as the coal miners are still living in the
coal age and not today's realities. The Iron Lady was magnificent. Will our
president be golfing or attending a fund raiser during the time of her funeral?
Great Britan has sacrificed a lot in the past decade + helping us in Afganistan.
Its unfortunate that President Obama chose not to attend her funeral or send