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Old 04-16-2013, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Lower east side of Toronto
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This could be a spark in the UK. Quiet and unassuming at first but gaining steam over the next few years. We'll see.
go for it.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:20 PM
 
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I think it the right thing to do with a ally to apoint perosn to attend has has been done. thsi isn't s sitting ehad of state which I think she was since the state is really the government. The hardly the real head of state anymore just a symbol.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:23 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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If Obama did decide to send himself or Biden to the funeral, the RWNJs would be shrieking about "hypocrisy" and "grandstanding" within about 50 microseconds.

There's no pleasing some people.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Home, Home on the Front Range
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Contrary to what I believe is the untruthful discussion title, and inaccurate later assertions ... the President has appointed a delegation to represent the United States at the funeral/memorial for private citizen Margaret Thatcher. Surprising to me, he's asked Reagan-era senior government officials to lead the delegation.

Schultz, Baker to lead U.S. delegation at Thatcher funeral | Reuters

Nothing would stop any of the former U.S. Presidents, Republican or Democrat, from attending on their own. Or leaders of the U.S. Congress, or the U.S. Supreme Court. I note that not one will attend ... if published reports accurately disclose the plans for the event.

Margaret Thatcher was a polarizing figure in the UK ... and remains so today ... and she was not someone the current President has not had a head of state, or other, relationship with.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Is it customary to send a WH "delegation" to the funeral of a former leader?
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:29 PM
 
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Contrary to what I believe is the untruthful discussion title, and inaccurate later assertions ... the President has appointed a delegation to represent the United States at the funeral/memorial for private citizen Margaret Thatcher. Surprising to me, he's asked Reagan-era senior government officials to lead the delegation.
It's the Daily Fail, part of their job description is to act outraged that the British Empire just isn't respected any more. Most European countries just send their ambassador and call it a day - Thatcher was no Winston Churchill, no matter how she might have felt.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:40 PM
 
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Is it customary to send a WH "delegation" to the funeral of a former leader?
Etiquette calls for an ambassador. Last British ex-PM to die was Lord Callaghan in 2005, and that was filler-on-page-15 for most US news media.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:52 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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If Obama did decide to send himself or Biden to the funeral, the RWNJs would be shrieking about "hypocrisy" and "grandstanding" within about 50 microseconds.

There's no pleasing some people.
Excellent point. A lot of people would also be bleating about it being a waste of taxpayer money.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:53 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Excellent point. A lot of people would also be bleating about it being a waste of taxpayer money.
... while simultaneously bashing British leftists who are calling Thatcher's funeral a waste of money
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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Agreed. Baker and Schultz will be there as well. If President Obama, the FLOTUS or VP attended, the RW would be screaming that they're needed here. Same tiresome automatic criticism we've grown used to when it comes to President Obama. Get over it.
Oh, without a doubt. If Obama attended, they'd be hollering bloody murder. Since he's not attending, they're hollering bloody murder.
Suck it up, boys and girls. He's your duly-elected president, and all the gnashing of teeth and flailing of your little fists won't change that.
How do those sour grapes taste?
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