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Skip to comments.Obama's snub to Thatcher: President won't send envoy to funeral - and leaves it to her old allies
Posted on 04/16/2013 8:33:44 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Obama's snub to Thatcher: President won't send envoy to funeral - and leaves it to her old allies from the Reagan era
President Obama made decision not to send a member of his administration before yesterday's bombings in Boston.
Instead, Reagan's former Secretary of State George Shultz, a key ally of Baroness Thatcher, will attend
Leaders from all over the world will be in attendance at the large-scale commemoration on Wednesday
By James Chapman
PUBLISHED: 19:16 EST, 15 April 2013 | UPDATED: 08:20 EST, 16 April 2013
Friends and allies of Baroness Thatcher expressed 'surprise and disappointment' last night as it emerged President Obama is not planning to send any serving member of his administration to her funeral.
Whitehall sources have revealed that the US delegation at tomorrow's service in St Paul's Cathedral will be led by two Reagan era secretaries of state: James Baker and George Shultz.
Though President Obama himself had not been expected to attend, there had been speculation that he would be represented either by Vice President Joe Biden or wife Michelle. However, the Obama administration had said it would not be attending Thatcher's funeral before the Boston bombings.
The Queen's decision to attend Lady Thatcher's funeral has effectively elevated it to a state occasion unprecedented for a political figure in Britain since the death of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965.
Other world leaders, including Canada's Stephen Harper, Mario Monti of Italy and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, are attending the service in person.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Thatcher opposed the Soviet Union, Communism, oppression of freedom, and basically everything that 0bama believes in.