Skip to comments.Will Maggie make it? Frail Iron Lady 'determined' to attend Reagan statue unveiling...
Posted on 07/02/2011 4:40:08 AM PDT by naturalman1975
He was the former actor loved and loathed for fighting the unions and championing 'Reaganomics'. .
But all eyes in London on Monday are more likely to be on former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher than Ronald Reagans new $800,000 (£500,000) statue.
The frail Iron Lady, who rarely appears in public, is determined to attend the unveiling with around 2,000 people on Independence Day.
Baroness Thatcher, 85, declined an invitation to Aprils Royal Wedding and could not attend her 85th birthday party last October because she had flu.
But her crucial partnership with Mr Reagan, who died in 2004, is seen by many as the reason for the fall of the Berlin Wall and Soviet Union.
She called him 'one of the greatest men of our time' and he once told an aide: 'Isn't she marvellous?'.
Around 40 per cent of funds for the statue came from UK private donors.
Former U.S. State Secretary Condoleezza Rice will give the keynote address at the ceremony, which is part of a European tour celebrating what would be Mr Reagan's 100th birthday.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Baroness Thatchers Scottish Secretary, said Britons were at first concerned about Mr Reagan as the thought he lacked experience.
But he told MSNBC that many were won over by his good judgement, good instincts and guts and the British respect his achievements.
The 10ft bronze monument was sculpted by Chas Fagan, of North Carolina, and will stand near statues to other former presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower.
It will be unveiled outside the U.S. Embassy in Grosvenor Square, London, and a plaque will recognise Mr Reagans efforts in the Cold War.
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Will Maggie make it? Frail Iron Lady 'determined' to attend Reagan statue unveiling on Independence Day
From Dutch to Douchebag in one generation .
..and Sarah Palin meets Iron Lady days later.
We love you Maggie.
How I miss the Gipper...
We shall not see their like again I’m afraid.
I doubt it, trying to self invite yourself somewhere is not cricket with the Brits.
I will be surprised if she attends, but it will be terrific if she does.
I've been wondering whatever happened to Rice. She just seemed to disappear. I believe she said she voted for Obama, so it's surprising they didn't keep her around for propaganda purposes.
I hope she makes it.
It is hard to watch as a great generation turns the reins of Government, over to a younger generation, that can’t pour pee out of a boot with the directions on the heel.
Leftist propaganda again replaces facts!
He's the President who did more for non-Communist and non-thug unions than any other.
He was the American President of the Screen Actors Union who drove out the Communist puppets of Stalin & his Comintern and defeated their strategic effort in the 40s and 50s to control Hollywood.
He was the President who allied with anti-Communist labor leader George Meany - and PM Thatcher & Pope John Paul - to actively support and supply the non-Communist Polish labor union Solidarity in their defiance of their Communist master - to ultimately defeat Communist totalitarianism in Eastern Europe.
He was an enemy of Communist & thug unions only - not truly free and voluntary unions. That's why those unions of today, who's leaders come from the radical Left of the 60s, who support Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez unionism, do definitely "loath" Reagan.
The two classiest politicians of our times.
I balled like a baby when she spoke of Reagan.
Dr. Rice is an expert on the Soviet Union so she will probably explain why it was so important to defeat communism.
This about a guy who ran the largest state in the union and not a peep about Odumbo who never ran anything but his mouth.
When grown ups were in charge...
Just playing a hunch . . .
But if there is any chance at all, she will attend.
We know her kind. If she believes it is the right thing to do, she will do it.
May God bless and keep Lady Thatcher.
I hope she brings Churchill’s bust to sit beside her at the ceremony.
Does anyone know of a good biography of Lady Thatcher? I’ve been wanting to read one but don’t want to waste my time on a hatchet job.
No one knows how she voted, only that, when asked about the importance of his win to blacks she agreed it was a historic marker.
How fortunate the West was that Reagan, Thatcher, and John Paul II were all in power at the same time.
Actually three of them IMO. Pope John Paul II at the same time was very helpful as well.
We all recall Lady Thatcher's magnificent eulogy at Reagan's funeral. She recorded it, some years earlier, at his request, when he first realized that his faculties were diminishing. There are many who believe that Reagan also reciprocated; that is, he recorded his eulogy of the Iron Lady, and that the DVD is in a vault in London, awaiting the day when Margaret Thatcher leaves us.
To me, that will be something to behold.
Don't fret, you'll get better with experience.
Yes indeed. I am younger than Clinton, but still in the same generation, baby boomer. I have told people if he is the best my generation has to offer, I apologize.
Thanks for the info!
Baroness Thatcher’s personal assistant said some weeks ago that IF she is well she will meet with Gov Palin when she comes to England, however, the plans are tentative (as is all else) due to the lady’s health.