Obama Draws Criticism for Thatcher Funeral Snub

Wednesday, 17 Apr 2013 04:26 PM

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President Barack Obama’s failure to send any top officials of his administration to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s funeral Wednesday sparked some heated criticism.

Politico catalogued negative comments from a variety of sources.

A New York Post editorial was unimpressed with the U.S. delegation, headed by former secretaries of state George Schultz and James Baker.

“As the world bids farewell to Lady Margaret Thatcher today, it’s hard not to notice that America’s official presence at the state funeral for England’s most significant prime minister since Winston Churchill will be underwhelming,” the Post editorial read.

“Instead of sending a high-ranking member of his own administration to lead the official delegation, President Obama has dispatched two former Republican secretaries of state, George Shultz and Jim Baker. Nothing against these men, but we can forgive the British for regarding Obama’s choice as yet another snub.”

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Breitbart’s Debra Heine noted that Obama offered Thatcher high praise when she died last week.

“But actions (and inactions) speak louder than words,” she wrote. “Obama did send an official delegation to Caracas to attend last month’s funeral for the deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.”

Thatcher ally and Member of Parliament Liam Fox had similar feelings.

“I think it would be both surprising and disappointing if after President Obama’s fulsome tribute to Lady Thatcher, the American administration did not send a senior serving member to represent them,” he told the London Daily Mail.




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