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Margaret Thatcher Honored at Reagan Library
NewsMax ^ | 31 March 2006 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 03/30/2006 2:44:11 PM PST by Aussie Dasher

A portrait of former British Prime Minister Lady Margaret Thatcher was unveiled yesterday by former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Reagan Presidential Library.

Described by the Ventura Country Star as showing Mrs. Thatcher - the fiercely determined woman the Soviets dubbed "The Iron Lady" - wearing a royal blue suit and seated with her hands folded in her lap. The portrait is the work of artist Richard Stone, the only artist whose royal subjects include Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales, and Princes William and Harry.

Stone said the painting took him 10 months to complete and was commissioned for Thatcher's 80th birthday, which she celebrated in August.

"I know my husband would be so pleased to honor our dear friend in this way," Nancy Reagan said in a statement. "This special tribute to Margaret Thatcher is a wonderful addition to the library's official collection."

Lady Thatcher, who has visited the library at least three times but was unable to attend the unveiling ceremony, recalled her close relationship with the late president when delivering her eulogy at President Reagan's funeral.

"As Prime Minister, I worked closely with Ronald Reagan for eight of the most important years of all our lives. We talked regularly both before and after his presidency. And I have had time and cause to reflect on what made him a great president.

"Ronald Reagan knew his own mind. He had firm principles - and, I believe, right ones. He expounded them clearly, he acted upon them decisively.

"When the world threw problems at the White House, he was not baffled, or disorientated, or overwhelmed. He knew almost instinctively what to do."

In his diary, then-Thatcher aide Sir Nicholas Henderson Mandarin wrote of the Prime Minister's first visit to the Reagan White House in February, 1981, when the two world leaders forged their historic close relationship.

"Before the visit they had both decided, as I know from what they each said to me, that they liked each other: this was on the basis of their two earlier meetings, a few years back, and of their similar political and economic policies (government off the backs of the people; greater incentives to industry; everything for the individual) and of the warm message Mrs. T had sent immediately the election results were known."

He added that the two grew so close during the visit that Reagan's press secretary Jim Brady told him that it had been "difficult to pry them apart".

The artist Stone told the Star that Thatcher would sometimes ask him to stay after their sessions and have a drink and continue discussing the topic of the day, whether it was politics, family or traditional family cooking.

"In moments such as these, she showed a sensitive side — a kind, sensitive side that was not always revealed," he said.

And as he was finishing the portrait in the last few weeks, Stone said he saw Thatcher in a new light.

"I wanted to start all over again ... and show her how she really was."

When he showed the finished work to Thatcher last year, he recalls she placed her hand up to her pearl necklace and said, "It is how one would like to be remembered."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: firstlady; honoured; ladythatcher; margaretthatcher; nancyreagan; reaganlibrary; thegreatronaldreagan
Two of the greatest world leaders ever. God bless them both.
1 posted on 03/30/2006 2:44:12 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher

Awesome. :o)


2 posted on 03/30/2006 2:45:29 PM PST by mrs tiggywinkle
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To: Aussie Dasher

3 posted on 03/30/2006 2:46:30 PM PST by pogo101
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To: pogo101

A truly lovely portrait of a lovely and capable lady.


4 posted on 03/30/2006 2:47:11 PM PST by mrs tiggywinkle
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To: mrs tiggywinkle

That is a lovely portrait.


5 posted on 03/30/2006 2:48:02 PM PST by freeagle
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To: Aussie Dasher

6 posted on 03/30/2006 2:48:12 PM PST by Icelander (Legal Resident Since 2004)
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To: pogo101

Thank you for posting the portrait.

Two great leaders honored together....wow


7 posted on 03/30/2006 2:49:29 PM PST by Kimmers (Liberals suck the fun out of life)
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To: Aussie Dasher
To Lady Thatcher,



8 posted on 03/30/2006 2:50:47 PM PST by tiredoflaundry (She left suds in the bucket, And the clothes hangin' out on the line)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Amen. I loved both the Gipper and The Iron Lady then, and love them still.


9 posted on 03/30/2006 2:50:55 PM PST by TeddyCon
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To: Aussie Dasher
I just LOVE that lady. She will definitely be remembered in the annals of world history as one of the truly great leaders of the twentieth century.

May God bless you richly, Lady Thatcher.
10 posted on 03/30/2006 2:55:06 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence - R. Kirk)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Note to Baroness Thatcher:

If you were 25 years younger,and a US citizen,I'd vote for you in a heartbeat.

11 posted on 03/30/2006 2:55:18 PM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: TeddyCon
Lady Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul, were all giants whom stood on the world stage on the side of freedom. History will treat them very well. The military might of the United States under Reagan and Britain under Thatcher with the Gandhi like presence of Pope John Paul destroyed the evil empire.
12 posted on 03/30/2006 3:01:14 PM PST by cpdiii (roughneck (oil field trash and proud of it), geologist, pilot, pharmacist, full time iconoclast)
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To: pogo101

Fabulous portrait!


13 posted on 03/30/2006 3:01:33 PM PST by RadioAstronomer (Senior member of Darwin Central)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Oh how we need more world leaders like her now! I pray almost daily for such leaders to emerge.


14 posted on 03/30/2006 3:45:24 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Casey Sheehan, thank you for your service. I'm proud of you. Even if your own mother isn't.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I am thankful to have been witness to their contributions in this lifetime. But the portrait is a bit 'stiff'. I do prefer the photo of Lady Thatcher and Ronald Reagan on horseback..(Of course, I may be mistaken, it could have been the Queen on the horse) Anyway, it was one of my favorite photos of that era.


15 posted on 03/30/2006 4:06:09 PM PST by SueRae
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To: mrs tiggywinkle

Good for her. She is a great lady. She would have been one lady I could have voted for President.


16 posted on 03/30/2006 4:08:18 PM PST by conservative blonde (Conservative Blonde)
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To: SueRae
**But the portrait is a bit 'stiff'**

All a matter of perspective I suppose. I find the portrait to be dignified and complimentary.

17 posted on 03/30/2006 4:12:20 PM PST by mrs tiggywinkle
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To: conservative blonde

I'm in total agreement.


18 posted on 03/30/2006 4:12:44 PM PST by mrs tiggywinkle
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To: pogo101

Thanks for posting, pogo.
You know a great model when you see one! ";^)


19 posted on 03/30/2006 4:18:52 PM PST by b9 ("the [evil Marxist liberal socialist Democrat Party] alternative is unthinkable" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: doodlelady

Touche! Getting back on the stand some this summer. ^^


20 posted on 03/30/2006 4:26:55 PM PST by pogo101
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To: pogo101

":^)


21 posted on 03/30/2006 5:53:41 PM PST by b9 ("the [evil Marxist liberal socialist Democrat Party] alternative is unthinkable" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: pogo101; MadIvan; William McKinley; Reagan Man; Reaganwuzthebest; WhiskeyPapa; ALOHA RONNIE; ...
Appropos.


Margaret Thatcher

She was a valued ally. And she will be missed when she passes. Her tribute at the Reagan funeral in 2004 was a moving affirmation of her admiration in President Reagan and the team he chose to protect liberty in our lifetime.

Maggie was very much as pivotal as most other foreign leaders put together in helping Reagan organize the political ostracism necessary to choke off the Soviets from high technology and Western money.

We should definitely be honoring her as best we can while she yet lives, particularly as we also just lost two other key members of the Reagan Cabinet...Caspar Weinberger (SecDef) and Lyn Nofziger.

We are losing the generation that piloted us past the shoals of global Soviet communism.

And I am frankly not convinced that the current bunch currently at the top is up to the task to take out the remaining...and gathering... Communist threats.

The doubts and misgivings are increased because this generation of leadership seems unable to call enemies by their right name...and constantly fudges and confuses things with Foggy-Bottom weasel-speak or liberal moral relativisms (PC). Nothing like the courage shown here...


22 posted on 03/31/2006 7:52:14 AM PST by Paul Ross (Hitting bullets with bullets successfully for 35 years!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Thank you for posting this!

She was, and is, a truly class act, and great leader.


23 posted on 03/31/2006 8:21:33 AM PST by Paul Ross (Hitting bullets with bullets successfully for 35 years!)
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