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Will Maggie make it? Frail Iron Lady 'determined' to attend Reagan statue unveiling...
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 2nd July 2011 | Mark Duell

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 Reagan’s 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 April’s 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 Thatcher’s 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 Reagan’s efforts in the Cold War.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: condi; condirice; reagan; thatcher
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Will Maggie make it? Frail Iron Lady 'determined' to attend Reagan statue unveiling on Independence Day

1 posted on 07/02/2011 4:40:13 AM PDT by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975

From Dutch to Douchebag in one generation .


2 posted on 07/02/2011 4:44:33 AM PDT by sushiman
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To: naturalman1975

..and Sarah Palin meets Iron Lady days later.


3 posted on 07/02/2011 4:46:52 AM PDT by biggredd1
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To: naturalman1975
Ronaldus Magnus


4 posted on 07/02/2011 4:48:29 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/West 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: naturalman1975

We love you Maggie.


5 posted on 07/02/2011 4:49:02 AM PDT by McGavin999 ("I was there when we had the numbers, but didn't have the principles"-Jim DeMint)
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To: McGavin999

How I miss the Gipper...


6 posted on 07/02/2011 4:52:24 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: naturalman1975
Still remember her curtsey at Regan's funeral. Obviously it was painful for her, but she did it anyway.


7 posted on 07/02/2011 4:54:14 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

We shall not see their like again I’m afraid.


8 posted on 07/02/2011 4:57:49 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: biggredd1

I doubt it, trying to self invite yourself somewhere is not cricket with the Brits.


9 posted on 07/02/2011 5:00:40 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: naturalman1975

I will be surprised if she attends, but it will be terrific if she does.


10 posted on 07/02/2011 5:01:57 AM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: naturalman1975
Former U.S. State Secretary Condoleezza Rice will give the keynote address at the ceremony,

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.

11 posted on 07/02/2011 5:04:57 AM PDT by livius
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To: Loyal Buckeye

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.


12 posted on 07/02/2011 5:07:13 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: naturalman1975
"...fighting the unions..."

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.

13 posted on 07/02/2011 5:13:01 AM PDT by drpix
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To: naturalman1975

The two classiest politicians of our times.


14 posted on 07/02/2011 5:22:04 AM PDT by iontheball
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To: naturalman1975
Please God she gets there. Not only for her but so the world can once again see what true grit, honour and integrity are like - hopefully not for the last time!
15 posted on 07/02/2011 5:24:00 AM PDT by melsec
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To: abb

I balled like a baby when she spoke of Reagan.


16 posted on 07/02/2011 5:24:00 AM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: livius

Dr. Rice is an expert on the Soviet Union so she will probably explain why it was so important to defeat communism.


17 posted on 07/02/2011 5:27:04 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: newfreep
That is a lovely statue. Prayers for Mrs Thatcher's strength to attend the ceremony. And prayers that no cretinous ‘protesters’ ruin the day.
18 posted on 07/02/2011 5:29:26 AM PDT by maica ( Multiculturalism is the smiley face of totalitarianism.)
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To: naturalman1975
From the article: “Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Baroness Thatcher’s Scottish Secretary, said Britons were at first concerned about Mr Reagan as the thought he lacked experience.”

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.

19 posted on 07/02/2011 5:33:11 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: naturalman1975
One of my favorites...Together they represented a positive force that we, sadly, may not see again.

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20 posted on 07/02/2011 5:36:05 AM PDT by n230099 ("When no one knows who is armed...everyone is.")
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To: n230099

When grown ups were in charge...


21 posted on 07/02/2011 5:45:08 AM PDT by Never on my watch (WTF happened to my country?)
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To: naturalman1975

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.


22 posted on 07/02/2011 5:48:01 AM PDT by labette ( Humble student of Thinkology)
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To: naturalman1975

I hope she brings Churchill’s bust to sit beside her at the ceremony.


23 posted on 07/02/2011 6:03:43 AM PDT by ryderann
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To: naturalman1975

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.


24 posted on 07/02/2011 6:23:21 AM PDT by AggieMom x 3
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To: livius
She's been provost at Stanford University in CA since Obama came into office.

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.

25 posted on 07/02/2011 7:13:46 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: naturalman1975


26 posted on 07/02/2011 7:21:32 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: n230099
Together they represented a positive force that we, sadly, may not see again.

How fortunate the West was that Reagan, Thatcher, and John Paul II were all in power at the same time.

27 posted on 07/02/2011 7:40:02 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: n230099

Actually three of them IMO. Pope John Paul II at the same time was very helpful as well.


28 posted on 07/02/2011 7:47:52 AM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: naturalman1975; All
Hopefully, something to look forward to..

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.

29 posted on 07/02/2011 8:05:32 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: rintense
"I balled like a baby..."

Don't fret, you'll get better with experience.

30 posted on 07/02/2011 11:45:06 AM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: Never on my watch

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.


31 posted on 07/02/2011 11:52:34 AM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: McGavin999

Hear hear.


32 posted on 07/02/2011 12:14:47 PM PDT by Ladysmith ("There is no right that allows one person to place a burden on another." - Quinn)
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To: newzjunkey

Thanks for the info!


33 posted on 07/02/2011 6:59:48 PM PDT by livius
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To: org.whodat

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.


34 posted on 07/02/2011 7:05:26 PM PDT by EDINVA
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