How American Presidents talked about Margaret Thatcher
posted at 11:15 am on April 8, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
My friend Eric Ostermeier always manages to find interesting statistics about American politics, which either means (a) he’s brilliant, (b) he has way too much time on his hands, or (c) both. Today he visits the WayBack Machine to take a look at how our Presidents have recalled Margaret Thatcher since George H. W. Bush presented her with the Medal of Freedom in 1991. The answer is … not much.
The younger Bush mentioned her three times in direct references to the work she did with Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II. Bill Clinton only mentioned her once in passing when presenting the same award to former German chancellor Helmut Kohl. She didn’t get even that much from Barack Obama until his statement today:
The 44th President has mentioned the Iron Lady just once – in reference to the film The Iron Lady.
While delivering remarks at the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, the president lauded honoree Meryl Streep and the varied roles over her career: “Since then, Meryl has tackled incredibly complex roles, ranging from Julia Child to, most recently, Margaret Thatcher.”
Eric, I’m sure the White House thinks you have too much time on your hands, too.