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New Book: Margaret Thatcher Worried About US Under Obama

Sunday, 13 Oct 2013 06:57 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was concerned by the United States' lean to the left after President Barack Obama took office in 2009, authors of a recently released book about "The Iron Lady" claim.

Thatcher never commented publicly on President Obama's leadership, though the Obama administration's big government agenda runs counter to everything she believed in, former Thatcher aide Niles Gardiner and writer Stephen Thompson, authors of "Margaret Thatcher on Leadership: Lessons for American Conservatives Today"  told The Daily Caller.

But even though Great Britain's first female prime minister didn't speak out publicly about Obama, she was privately concerned about the direction the United States had been taking since 2009, along with the declining leadership of the United States as a world power.

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The book, released this month, is a guide from conservatives that combines her life story with principles and help for conservatives use toward solving their challenges, cutting through bureaucracy and standing up to "aggressive regimes," an Amazon book description says.

Gardiner in particular was very familiar with the late leader. He directs the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation, and was a foreign policy aide to her after she left Downing Street.

Thompson, a writer and consultant from Washington D.C., lived in the United Kingdom throughout Thatcher's term in office.

The former prime minister was always a conservative and greatly admired Sir Winston Churchill, Britain's Conservative prime minister during World War II and from 1951 to 1955.

The authors said Thatcher was a great leader because she was a "conviction politician" with "a clear set of conservative beliefs and principles which she led by" and was a "remarkably decisive leader" with "tremendous physical and political courage."

While Thatcher distrusted liberals, Democrats in the United States also did not honor her conservative viewpoints. In April, shortly after the late prime minister died, Senate Democrats came under fire for blocking a resolution honoring the long-time friend of the United States.

And Obama was slammed for declining to attend Thatcher's state funeral, citing a busy week from the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing.

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Downing Street was reportedly angered by rejections from Obama, his wife Michelle and Vice-President Joe Biden. However, the United States was also not represented at the funeral by former Republican Presidents George W. Bush or George Bush Sr., nor by Democratic former Presidents Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter.

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