No White House envoy to Thatcher funeral? Update: Boehner sending House delegation

posted at 10:01 am on April 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

And the British government is apparently unhappy about it, too.  Sources within Whitehall told the Daily Mail that the Obama administration’s decision to skip sending an envoy to what has become a de facto state funeral for one of America’s staunchest Cold War allies came before the Boston terrorist attack yesterday, and that the White House had cited a “busy week” for the reason they couldn’t even spare Joe Biden for Margaret Thatcher’s funeral:

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.

Normally, that would prompt attendance by a high-level figure in the US government — if not the President or Vice-President, a high-ranking Cabinet official.  For instance, why not send John Kerry, the Secretary of State tasked with maintaining good relations with close allies like the UK?  Instead, the US delegation will consist of two men who would be traveling as private citizens to the funeral already, essentially giving an official policy of ignoring the event and snubbing the other world leaders attending it.

And why?  Obama and Biden are too busy pushing gun control, according to the US embassy:

But a US embassy spokesman confirmed that no serving member of his administration would be present to pay their last respects, citing a busy week in US domestic politics.

‘This is a hugely significant week in terms of US domestic politics,’ a spokesman added.

He said that both the First Lady and the Vice President were ‘the President’s point people on gun control’, adding: ‘This is a week when there is a lot of movement on Capitol Hill on gun control issues.’

Well, Kerry isn’t part of that, is he?  (Oh, wait ….) They’re too busy to pay respects to someone who stood by America as a stalwart partner in the latter years of the Cold War, when it might have been easier for her to keep her distance.  Shameful.  And it’s not being ignored in the UK, either:

Former defence secretary Dr Liam Fox, Lady Thatcher’s closest ally in modern-day politics, said: ‘I think it would be both surprising and disappointing if after President Obama’s fulsome tribute to Lady Thatcher, the American administration did not send a senior serving member to represent them.’

Sir Gerald Howarth, chairman of the Thatcherite Conservative Way Forward group of MPs and peers, said: ‘The bonds forged between the UK and the US through Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher was instrumental in ending the Cold War and liberating millions of people.

‘That the present administration feels unable to be represented as the world marks the extraordinary contribution Margaret Thatcher made will be a source of disappointment to those who served with her in that great endeavour.’

Smart power.

Update: Just as a reminder, Congress decides separately on delegations to events such as this.  I’d expect to see both the House and Senate send small delegations to the funeral.

Update: Just received by e-mail, but it actually came out yesterday:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced he will send a delegation to London this week to represent the U.S. House of Representatives at the funeral of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of the United Kingdom.  The delegation will be led by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).

Margaret Thatcher was one of the greatest champions freedom has ever known, and her funeral gives Americans and friends around the world an opportunity to pay final respects,” Boehner said. “I’m pleased that Congressman Blackburn will lead a House delegation to Baroness Thatcher’s funeral to communicate our prayers and condolences to her family and the British people.”

The House delegation to London will also include Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and George Holding (R-NC).

The House delegation will fly to London on commercial air flights, in compliance with the Speaker’s directive that Member use of military air transportation be suspended with sequestration in effect.

Also, our ambassador in London should attend the funeral, but that’s not the same as sending a delegation representing the head of state.


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Not will the Clintons or the Bushes

I think this is the litmus test for who’s a conservative and who’s not…

Skywise on April 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM

The world has gone mad. A man not fit to provide entertainment at a dinner theatre to one of the greatest female leaders of our time is elected and scorns her in every way he can.

MelonCollie on April 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Classlessness. Which, of course, makes one wonder why Mooch couldn’t show up for the funeral. If anything epitomizes American Classlessness it is Mooch.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Can Team BO sink any lower? What a classless bunch of morons.

David in ATL on April 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM

You knew it would happen. The man hates everything she stands for.

deadite on April 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM

There are no words (ones I can say without being banned, anyway). Nothing but a middle finger to Britain and to Thatcher…without her standing shoulder to shoulder with us the 80′s and beyond could’ve looked very different.

What a joke this admin, and this president, is. Ugh.

changer1701 on April 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Ted Cruz ought to attend on his own dime if he has to. Anybody else with a spine come to mind? Sarah Palin?

DanMan on April 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Welcome to Smart Power America, Brits. Remember when all of Europe was getting orgasms over the thought of Barky running the show over here, yeah so do I. Reap what you sow, you supported a polished dog turd and when the bright polish has worn away you are left with…well…a dog turd.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

It would be a strong mark for a potential 2016 candidate to go. Takers anyone?

deadite on April 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

What a miserable bunch we have in charge. Disgusting.

major dad on April 16, 2013 at 10:06 AM

File this under “Cannot walk and chew gum at same time.”

But we knew that already.

unclesmrgol on April 16, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Typical liberal spoiled brat.

John the Libertarian on April 16, 2013 at 10:06 AM

I am ashamed.

myrenovations on April 16, 2013 at 10:06 AM

What a douchebag.

How’s the fundamental transformation working for everyone?

BuckeyeSam on April 16, 2013 at 10:06 AM

He doesn’t have the time. He’s busy putting together a mix tape of some of his best speeches and a giant picture of himself to hang in the hall during the funeral.
They should be thanking him.

Mimzey on April 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Not will the Clintons or the Bushes

I think this is the litmus test for who’s a conservative and who’s not…

Skywise on April 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Former Presidents are not the same thing as sending an envoy. And between GWB’s recent back surgery and GHWB’s age, I can understand why they may not want to travel to London. But not even sending our Secretary of State? This is a slap in the face by a petulent rat-eared commie.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Just read elsewhere that Obama sent a delegation to Hugo Chavez’ funeral… Can anyone confirm that?

Skywise on April 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM

It would be a strong mark for a potential 2016 candidate to go. Takers anyone?

deadite on April 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Marcia Blackburn, Michelle Bachmann and Newt Gingrich are all going.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 10:08 AM

It would be a strong mark for a potential 2016 candidate to go. Takers anyone?

Short of someone that actually knew her, that would come across as cheap politicking also.

lowandslow on April 16, 2013 at 10:09 AM

BTW – wasn’t it Obama who said he could go off fundraising and have vacations because of his ability to teleconference and keep up with reports electronically?

Does that not apply now?

Skywise on April 16, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Just as a reminder, 3 U.S. diplomats were sent to the funeral of chunk Chavez.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Classless.

What, not even Michelle is available?

And, why aren’t Bush or Cheney attending? It’s not like they need presidential approval.

Robert_Paulson on April 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Don’t we have an ambassador in London? Why not at least send someone who’s already over there?

Dear Liar is a small, petty, spoiled child.

rbj on April 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM

This is appalling.

I hope we can get every prominent Democrat to go on the record: “yes or no, The President should attend her funeral?” Just to cover their asses you might see people like the Clinton’s going as private citizens, but that isn’t good enough. The President should be there out of respect for her contributions to our country.

Yet one more ideological indicator of how far off the center-lineage Democrats have gone. Chavez, yes, Thatcher, no. Truly unbelievable.

MTF on April 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Cheney is attending.

Skywise on April 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM

And people still respect this malignant narcissist?
Unbelievable. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Mimzey on April 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Unstinkingbelievable

Classy

Crickets from lsm…..convenient

cmsinaz on April 16, 2013 at 10:13 AM

The British are going to remember this one!

This is totally tactlessly and classless!

Typical Obama!

pilamaye on April 16, 2013 at 10:13 AM

I thought Plugs loved visiting London and staying in the lap of luxury..?

d1carter on April 16, 2013 at 10:14 AM

I’m surprised the gave up a euro trip

cmsinaz on April 16, 2013 at 10:14 AM

The State Run Media will cover their fellow Marxist…and remain silent.

d1carter on April 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Too busy with important things? From the same classless idiot who gets out of town during budget negotiations, fiscal cliff negotiations, healthcare negotiations…and .auto-pens documents because he “needs” to go to Asia…err, Hawaii?

Bastard.

Like we need any other indication of his visceral hatred of England.

herm2416 on April 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Choices, choices, choices…

What’s Obama gonna do?

He can’t go…he’s an avowed anti-colonialist who has a deep rooted hatred for the Brits…they jailed his uncle you know…

Can’t send Biden…he’s a drunk Mick…hates the Brits…has a propensity for saying the wrong thing all the time, every time…

Can’t send John F. Kerry…he’s one of those closet IRA supporters…thus anti-Brit…might letgo one of the few Gaelic phrases he knows…Póg mo thóin!

Can’t really send anyone active in this current Administration…they are all at a minimum anti-Conservative…and Thatcher represents all they despise…

A real President, a true statesman, would ask for a delegation of those once-in government who knew Margaret Thatcher, who worked with her, who respected her, to attend, along with the president, to show respect for an ally, and for a truly remarkable world leader….umm, Thatcher,not Obama.

But….this?

A busy week?

Jay-Z and Beyonce stoppin’ by? Wagyu Night is already scheduled?

Gonna host the winners of DWTS?

Classless and clueless and crass.

That is the new standard of the American Presidency?

coldwarrior on April 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM

The world has gone mad. A man not fit to provide entertainment at a dinner theatre to one of the greatest female leaders of our time is elected and scorns her in every way he can.

MelonCollie on April 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM

please refrain from being overdramatic

Obama has very challenging issues to deal with right now and had he chosen to attend the funeral, he prob would’ve been bashed for taking a vacation while the US is facing such dire straights.

Think about the money he’s saving by not going…since ppl here often criticize the costs of his travels.

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM

At least send an iPod with a speech from the president.

VibrioCocci on April 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Delusional.

Mimzey on April 16, 2013 at 10:17 AM

The British are going to remember this one!

This is totally tactlessly and classless!

Typical Obama!

pilamaye on April 16, 2013 at 10:13 AM

remember, the british don’t love thacher as some here apparently do.

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Im actually glad that nobody of that lot attends Thatchers funeral. It is somewhat distasteful to invite the enemies of liberty when we bury one of its greatest defenders.

Valkyriepundit on April 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Shocker: Anti-Western trash will act like anti-Western trash.

petefrt on April 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM

They really think focus will be on gun control this week

cmsinaz on April 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Hey nonpartisan, what’s the temperature inside barrack’s a-hole?

GhoulAid on April 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

the White House had cited a “busy week” for the reason they couldn’t even spare Joe Biden for Margaret Thatcher’s funeral

Disrespect, it’s what POTUS has for breakfast.

rukiddingme on April 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Think about the money he’s saving by not going…since ppl here often criticize the costs of his travels.

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Saves enough for another vacation to an exotic locale, JosefMengelepartisan.

rbj on April 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Think about the money he’s saving by not going…since ppl here often criticize the costs of his travels.

I bet he puts those savings toward paying down the national debt.

DanMan on April 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Send me. I guarantee that I would pay Maggie more respect than anyone in the Obama administration.

Bob's Kid on April 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Surely he will at least send his teleprompter to read a chapter from Dreams From My Father.

How else could the mourners transcend their grief?

/humongous eyeroll

M240H on April 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

I hate to say this, but the Brits brought this on themselves by not giving her an official state funeral in the first place.

If it’s not important to them, then why should it be important to us?

More importantly, it gives Obama political cover for not sending a White House delegation. That would be mandated if it was a state funeral. Now it’s not.

Chris of Rights on April 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Obama has very challenging issues to deal with right now and had he chosen to attend the funeral, he prob would’ve been bashed for taking a vacation while the US is facing such dire straights.

Think about the money he’s saving by not going…since ppl here often criticize the costs of his travels.

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM

It’s a funeral, not a vacation. Plus, no one said he personally had to go, but to not send ANYONE from the admin? A slap in the face.

changer1701 on April 16, 2013 at 10:23 AM

They really think focus will be on gun control this week

cmsinaz on April 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Sure, why not. A massive police presence complete with SWAT teams and bomb-dogs couldn’t stop this attack, but the cops will be there within a minute if a woman is being attacked in her own by an intruder. So why would anyone need a gun?

You bigots make me laugh.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 10:23 AM

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM

The mental gymnastics you must go through to defend him. I remember when you started, your schtick did almost seem “non”partisan.

You’ve lost that character in your comments long ago.

The US, this administration needs to send a representative of a stature befitting this great woman. Obama’s certainly not up to the task, but darn it, he’s all we have.

hawkdriver on April 16, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Our President is a mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a dick.

cbenoistd on April 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Sure, why not. A massive police presence complete with SWAT teams and bomb-dogs couldn’t stop this attack, but the cops will be there within a minute if a woman is being attacked in her own by an intruder. So why would anyone need a gun?

You bigots make me laugh.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 10:23 AM

So that story a few months ago about Union workers smoking weed on the job wasn’t just an isolated incident?

What the hell are you even talking about?

Glenn Jericho on April 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Though I think if they were sending an envoy there’d still be howls that Obama himself wasn’t going, this is wrong and improper.
As worthy of criticism as I find Thatcher (or Thaterism, really),
she led England for 11 years. She wasn’t a dictator. She wasn’t a criminal. It’s just fair play that the US would be properly represented here – and ‘too busy’ isn’t an acceptable excuse.
Bowing respectfully to protocol isn’t an endorsement for various policies enacted under Thatcher.
Bad move.

verbaluce on April 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM

+1changer….someone from the current admin at least

cmsinaz on April 16, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Just another example of O’s “War on Women”

Deafdog on April 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM

PATHETIC COWARD!!!

long_cat on April 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Expect a ‘Well, you’ve got to understand. . . ‘ lecturing excuse from the LSM soon.

TimBuk3 on April 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Tacky, but consistent with his disgraceful behavior toward Britain in his first term. What an embarrassing putz…

ProfessorMiao on April 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM

The Lefties have made it a religion to deny the reasons for the Cold War and to show disdain for fiscal conservatism.

Obysmal and his administration continue to show their true colors.

onlineanalyst on April 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Send me.

manwithblackhat on April 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Ed wrote:

Shameful.

QFT

Obama will be a pimple on the butt of history. Thatcher moved mountains, with us, and for us. So who do you think we’ll send to Nelson Mandela’s (when he does pass away) funeral? Who embraced the PLO, Libya, and Cuba? Who was head of the ANC which was full of communists? It boggles the mind.

Paul-Cincy on April 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM

please refrain from being overdramatic

Obama has very challenging issues to deal with right now and had he chosen to attend the funeral, he prob would’ve been bashed for taking a vacation while the US is facing such dire straights.

Think about the money he’s saving by not going…since ppl here often criticize the costs of his travels.

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM

It’s an intentional snub. He could have sent any number of administration officials. Not only does Obama hate Great Britain with a burning passion he hates Thatcher for not being a comrade in arms. He wants to cut ties … period.

His actions towards any conservative government or official is blatantly obvious … except to those who don’t want to see.

Obama will probably succeed in destroying what’s left of America and ten years from now you’ll be going “How could I have been so blind”?

darwin on April 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM

remember, the british don’t love thacher as some here apparently do.

They elected her (party) four times, plus her successor’s. You can’t spell Labour without “u.” Oh wait, you can here!

cbenoistd on April 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Tacky, but consistent with his disgraceful behavior toward Britain in his first term. What an embarrassing putz…

ProfessorMiao on April 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM

He loves him some Islamists though!

darwin on April 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM

…without her standing shoulder to shoulder with us the 80′s and beyond could’ve looked very different.

changer1701 on April 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

I don’t know if it needs to be pointed out, but that’s exactly why Obama isn’t deigning to send anyone from his administration.

It is also a purposeful snub to Great Britain.

At least I can take comfort in the fact that he won’t be there to embarrass the United States as he has done every time he’s gone to Britain.

makattak on April 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM

And, why aren’t Bush or Cheney attending? It’s not like they need presidential approval.

Robert_Paulson on April 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM

It would be presumptuous for them to appear to represent the current administration, unless they were asked. What’s more, Bush has been reticent to criticize his successor openly since leaving office.

manwithblackhat on April 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM

What the hell are you even talking about?

Glenn Jericho on April 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM

I’m TALKING about getting guns out of society because police can be everywhere at once to respond to everything, I mean they managed to stop a terrorist bombing yesterday when there were hundreds of cops in attendance.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Surprised Slick Willie isn’t going..

Must be a bevy of ugly hookers in London to party with.

txdoc on April 16, 2013 at 10:31 AM

What? So, obama isn’t going to drag a bunch of Sandy Hook families or “oppressed” illegal aliens to the funeral for a photo-op? Wow – he’s really slipping.

Pork-Chop on April 16, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Think about the money he’s saving by not going…since ppl here often criticize the costs of his travels.

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM

You are right…honoring MoTown is much more important than sending Kerry and a delegation over to England to honor one of great leaders of democracy…

Good grief, the idiots are out today…

right2bright on April 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Sarah Palin should go to represent what’s left of America.

Liberals would go absolutely insane.

darwin on April 16, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Bishop
* sigh *

Paul Cincy with the lib historians we have….he’ll be lauded as the greatest pres and Thatcher with get one paragraph in a history book

cmsinaz on April 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM

What? So, obama isn’t going to drag a bunch of Sandy Hook families or “oppressed” illegal aliens to the funeral for a photo-op? Wow – he’s really slipping.

Pork-Chop on April 16, 2013 at 10:31 AM

I think that is the real issue here. What with the funeral and all those other heads of state, the focus wouldn’t be on our own rat-eared coward.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Republicans and conservatives should send a delegation and should issue a harsh denunciation of the Obama Administration. This is inexcusable on Obama’s part.

Phil Byler on April 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

…without her standing shoulder to shoulder with us the 80′s and beyond could’ve looked very different.

changer1701 on April 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

I don’t know if it needs to be pointed out, but that’s exactly why Obama isn’t deigning to send anyone from his administration.

It is also a purposeful snub to Great Britain.

makattak on April 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Obama doesn’t even stand with Britain and the 99% of the Falkland Island residents who prefer British rule as they’ve had for hundreds of years. Britain might as well say that Texas belongs to Mexico. And he calls it the (sic, sick, sick) “Maldives” too. He’s despicable.

Paul-Cincy on April 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Cheney and Kissinger will be attending

cmsinaz on April 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

maybe congress should adjourn for a day or two to allow the administration to “spare” some of its precious hard working personnel to attend.

nokarmahere on April 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

remember, the british don’t love thacher as some here apparently do.

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM

I hate to say this, but the Brits brought this on themselves by not giving her an official state funeral in the first place.

If it’s not important to them, then why should it be important to us?

More importantly, it gives Obama political cover for not sending a White House delegation. That would be mandated if it was a state funeral. Now it’s not.

Chris of Rights on April 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

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.

No they don’t care at all and it isn’t important to them.
The Queen attends funerals all the time.

weaselyone on April 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

You knew it would happen. The man hates everything she stands for.

deadite on April 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Yeah, but I thought he would at least fake it and send that idiot Biden. This administration is no better than the thugs celerbrating her death on the streets of London.

Alabama Infidel on April 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

disgusting…..as usual.

PappyD61 on April 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

he’ll be lauded as the greatest pres and Thatcher with get one paragraph in a history book

cmsinaz on April 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM

I can write that paragraph now. First female PM, Falklands War, divisive policies that caused a huge rift in the UK.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

I think we should all remeber this in 30 years when this turd has his funeral.

Tater Salad on April 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

THIS IS A CALL TO POLITICAL ARMS FOR CONSERVATIVES. NO SO-CALLED BIPARTISANSHIP. JUST CEASELESS IDEOLOGICAL WAR WITH THE OBAMA SOCIALISTS.

Phil Byler on April 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM

And, why aren’t Bush or Cheney attending? It’s not like they need presidential approval.

Robert_Paulson on April 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM

This is for officials to ask…the proper way is for Obama to ask for President Bush or President Clinton to head up a delegation to honor Lady Thatcher.

Obama did not do that…

Bush/Cheney/Clinton, are citizens…get it? And Bush respects the office of the president and would not do anything to undermine it…get it? No you don’t…

right2bright on April 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Up in Heaven, President Reagan apologizes to his friend, Maggie, sadly shaking his head.

kingsjester on April 16, 2013 at 10:39 AM

I can write that paragraph now. First female PM, Falklands War, divisive policies that caused a huge rift in the UK.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

You forgot one, “kicked collectivism ass”.

Tater Salad on April 16, 2013 at 10:39 AM

The Speaker of the House is the closest equivalent in status to the Prime Ministe. The White House should have asked John Boehner to head the US delegation.

It is against protocal for an ex-President to represent the United States or even attend unless specifically asked by the White House. The only exception to this would be if Ronald Reagan were alive and well since they had a special political relationship.

Obama is snubbing the British because he does not consider them his allies. He is more of Chavez kind of guy. Like many people who falsify their biographies, he has come to believe the lies that he wrote about his father’s family are true. Dreams From My Father indeed.

jerryofva on April 16, 2013 at 10:39 AM

The Queen attends funerals all the time.

weaselyone on April 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

The last political figure was when???

right2bright on April 16, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Obama once again illustrating he’s the disgrace many of us clearly know him to be.

What a lowlife Zero is.

dogsoldier on April 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM

He’s too busy destroying the Constitution, and blaming TAX DAY for the bombing of the marathon.

Worst president EVER.

PappyD61 on April 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Last update Ed
The lsm will defend dear leader with ‘ the UK ambassador will attend why do you need to send anyone else’?

cmsinaz on April 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM

I wouldn’t be stunned if there’s some last minute reversal. Sending some Deputy Undersecretary at a minimum is easy and avoids some bad press.

LukeinNE on April 16, 2013 at 10:41 AM

You think that maybe the First Family ought to take a brief vacation in London?

Naaa… the weather in Hawaii is better.

unclesmrgol on April 16, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Put this up there with the Churchill bust…

affenhauer on April 16, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Wait, I thought these folks could multi-task. Isn’t that what they told us early on about why he took so many people with him on vacation? And why so many folks for the shopping trip to Spain? Oh well, whatever lie is fit to print, I guess.

GWB on April 16, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Skywise on April 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM

George Bush I is almost 89 and in poor health. He gets a pass.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 16, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Yeah, but I thought he would at least fake it and send that idiot Biden.

Alabama Infidel on April 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Even Barky isn’t that stupid. Biden would pass the casket in review and say “You look pretty good for a dead person. HAHAHAHAHA…HAhahhhaha…hahahha…ha…heh…*ahem*…”

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 10:42 AM

The last political figure was when???

right2bright on April 16, 2013 at 10:39 AM

My statement was dripping with sarcasm. Apparently not obvious enough. My apologies.

weaselyone on April 16, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Up in Heaven, President Reagan apologizes to his friend, Maggie, sadly shaking his head.

kingsjester on April 16, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Poignant image.

ButterflyDragon on April 16, 2013 at 10:42 AM

I think we should all remeber this in 30 years when this turd has his funeral.

Tater Salad on April 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

The British will indeed remember.

unclesmrgol on April 16, 2013 at 10:42 AM

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