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Obama: Thatcher “One of the Great Champions of Freedom”

President Obama today hailed Margaret Thatcher, his ideological opposite, as “one of the great champions of freedom and liberty” who was a “true friend” of the United States.

Obama sounded almost like a neoconservative in his gracious written tribute to Thatcher, who died today, writing that she “knew that with strength and resolve we could win the Cold War and extend freedom’s promise.”

Incredibly, the president made sure to incude in his statement a reference to Thatcher’s partner in winning the Cold War, the man who’s legacy he is trying to dismantle:

Here in America, many of us will never forget her standing shoulder to shoulder with President Reagan, reminding the world that we are not simply carried along by the currents of history—we can shape them with moral conviction, unyielding courage and iron will.   Michelle and I send our thoughts to the Thatcher family and all the British people as we carry on the work to which she dedicated her life—free peoples standing together, determined to write our own destiny.

No doubt, Obama believes in the power of leaders to “shape” events, and it is for this reason he respects Reagan. But Obama wants to shape events very differently than either Reagan or Thatcher did.

The president also gave Thatcher a bit of a feminist cast, saying she “stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can’t be shattered.”

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42 Responses to Obama: Thatcher “One of the Great Champions of Freedom”

  1. And that democrat brain child Donna Brazile said this:

    Donna Brazile ✔ @donnabrazile

    Okay, what did the #ironlady do to advance Great Britain and the world? Did she leave lasting footprints for women in politics? #justsayin

    I kid you not.

      • She still takes up time on the Sunday shows wailing over how Bush stole the 2000 election and what she called a “systematic plan to disenfranchise voters”. “Do-Gooders” by Mona Charen provides some factual nuggets on this that Ms. Brazile has no intention of digesting.

  2. Why not offer condolences on behalf of the American people–for once, I would be OK with it in this instance–but it’s always about Michelle and him…Oh, well, a giant has passed–woman or man, there will be few to match her.

    • It probably burned his mouth and his brain (what little of it there is) to have to even acknowledge a true leader who supported conservatism and capitalism.

      BHO is such a worthless wimp IMO, he couldn’t even carry her purse!

    • I dont want to hear any words of “praise” for PM Thatcher coming out of that dirty, lying mouth of Obama’s.

      Reading Keith’s article and comparing the “leadership” of PM Thatcher and Obama just made me angry and sick… Oh How the US has fallen…

  3. “There are dangers in consensus: it could be an attempt to satisfy people holding no particular views about anything. … No great party can survive except on the basis of firm beliefs about what it wants to do.” — Oct. 10, 1968, Conservative Party conference

    “If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time and you would achieve nothing.” — May 3, 1989, commenting on her 10th anniversary as prime minister.

    IMO. . .words for the GOP/America to live by!

    Who will be the next Margaret Thatcher or Ronald Reagan–we need someone with their drive and passion; with their strong belief in conservatism and capitalism now more than ever!

  4. Obama didn’t mean a word of it, Thatcher crushed the unions and big government. I seen his minions are doing his dirty work and grave dancing on twitter though. Most weren’t even born when she served.

  5. Obama should study Margaret Thatcher’s words and actions every waking moment. He should think deeply about her courage, leadership, principles and honorable service to her own country and to the world. I really appreciated the video Scottso provided. She was an amazing human being.

  6. MrsThatcher was one of the trio of women Prime Ministers who made their mark on their respective countries; England, India, and Israel.
    The original “Iron Lady” was Israel’s Golda Meir, their first and only (so far) Prime Minister. Indira Gandhi was a positive force in India and the only one to be assinated.

    Rest in peace, Margaret.

  7. Give me a break, Keith. There’s no way that Obama knew about this. The President wasn’t even awake yet when this ‘tribute’ was written. Check the schedule. Nothing is on it to warrant him leaving bed before 11 am. Besides, isn’t he campaigning in Connecticut today?

    • Susan,
      You are a lot more accurate than you may realize.

      I don’t know if they still do it, but many news organizations used to keep “ghoul” files on all major famous people, politicians, actors, writers, etc. The idea was to be able to go to press with a fairly correct bio of a person as quickly as possible upon the person’s death. The files were updated every few years to keep them current.

      I would no doubt guess that the DNC and Obots have some similar type of mechanism in place for many of the major players in politics. This way they can seem to be “on top” of any major announcement, and not miss a news cycle. Perish the thought that the nation should go a day without Obama thrusting himself onto the scene.

      RIP Baroness Thacher.

  8. Got Freedom mentioned this great quote:” If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time and you would achieve nothing”. That was her style in a nutshell. Just imagine what this lady would have thought about that miserable person presently in the White House. His pathetic TV shows, his singing, grinning, golfing ,partying, his Teleprompter speeches, hidden schoolrecords and so forth. She would see through him at once.

  9. Well, we know for a fact that Barry didn’t write that. Since it’s a written tribute, it would be logical to assume that he couldn’t bring himself to actually speak these words.

  10. Short version from the venerable (sarc) Wikipedia.

    Donna Brazile (born December 15, 1959)[2] is an American author, academic, and political analyst currently serving as Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. She was the first African American to direct a major presidential campaign, acting as campaign manager for Al Gore in 2000. She briefly served as interim Chair for the DNC in the spring of 2011.

  11. Obama pales in the light of the Iron Lady.

    I mean that in the classic sense of the phrase. It is meant as a comment on Obama’s failings as the leader of a great country and Thatcher’s great resolve and achievements for her country.

    I posted it here because I did not want to incur the mudsling of being accused of dog whispering racism. And that alone, something that I wouldn’t even have considered pre Obama, is a testament to how badly this man has hurt and divided this country.

    Margaret Thatcher shines a light on us.

  12. My last comment — promise.:) I met many Brits throughout my career and always appreciated their unique phrases. And with affection and no disrespect to Margaret Thatcher I saw this:

    “So, the Iron Lady has popped her clogs. RIP”

  13. Does anyone with half a brain really believe that Obama wrote one word of this phony message of condolence. No doubt a very low level staffer at the Den of Destruction formerly know as the White House didn’t know any better and wrote something decent. Obama is everything that Margaret Thatcher fought against her whole career and any thoughts that the message claims that Obama and especially Moochelle are sending to the family are no doubt negative in the extreme. Quit trying to read decency, honesty, or any sense of honor into the behavior of Obama and Moochelle. It just isn’t part of their human make up. By the way, I am sure the staffer who wrote this has been fired.

  14. I DO NOT WANT TO HEAR ANY PHONY WORDS OF “PRAISE” FOR PM THATCHER COME OUT OF THAT DIRTY, EVIL, LYING MOUTH OF OBAMA’S.