Neither President Obama nor Vice President Biden – nor even any senior member of the administration – will attend the funeral in Great Britain Wednesday of Margaret Thatcher, a stunning slight that suggests petty hostility toward the late prime minister and all that she stood for.
According to The Guardian, the White House will send former Reagan administration officials instead, suggesting Thatcher’s rein and politics are the stuff of a distasteful past.
The US is to send distinctly low-key official representation to Lady Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday, with a delegation led by George Shultz and James Baker, who both served as US secretary of state while Thatcher was in power.
While Barack Obama was invited, he has opted to send a presidential delegation comprising no serving politicians. Shultz was secretary of state to Ronald Reagan while Baker served the elder George Bush.
I guess I can see Obama skipping it – especially in light of yesterday’s events – but there’s no reason not to send Biden. Attending funerals is part of his job. I think it’s in the Constitution. Okay, maybe somewhere in the Federalist Papers. But still, he should go.
Obama, I believe, is no great fan of Great Britain, a view I think stems from his Kenyan heritage and Britain’s colonial past. I think that explains why he sent the bust of Churchill packing from the Oval Office. Just my view.
Biden clearly is hostile toward Thatcher. In his written statement on her passing, he avoided even the praise Obama managed to cough up in his statement. The best Biden could do was, “she was always forthright in her views and undaunted in her commitment to advancing her nation’s interests.”
You get it. That’s ugly baby stuff, as in “Wow, that certainly is a baby you have there!”
Gosh, at least Kerry could go. Maybe he’s busy visiting Kyrzakhstan.
It’s not just Tatcher they’re insulting, but given that the funeral has become a major event in Britain – with the queen consenting to attend – it’s a snub of our closest ally as well. Maggie and our British friends deserve better.