**Posted by Phineas
Okay, okay, Barack. You don’t like those ex-colonialist British and you have emotional issues with the way they may have treated your grandfather in Kenya. I get it, I really do. You just don’t have it in you to overcome your childish bigotry.
But the British are among our closest allies, you are President of the United States of America, charged with handling our foreign relations, and this shames your office and insults those same allies:
President Obama’s delegation to the funeral of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher is drawing some flak in London.
Two former Republican secretaries of State — James Baker and George Shultz — will lead the U.S. delegation to the Thatcher funeral on Wednesday.
Some British press reports noted that the delegation does not include a former president or a member of the current Obama administration.
“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,” reports the Daily Mail.
The Sun called it a “snub,” and said that “Downing Street is most angered by rejections from Obama, first lady Michelle and Vice President Joe Biden. And none of the four surviving ex-U.S. leaders — Jimmy Carter, George Bush Sr., Bill Clinton and George Bush Jr. — is coming either.
Give me a break. You mean you couldn’t ask George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to represent us? Seriously? What are ex-Presidents for?
‘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.’
No. They didn’t. Why not just say “Michelle has to wash her hair and Joe’s already been to Britain this year?”
Margaret Thatcher was the second most important UK Head of Government in the 20th century. She saved Britain economically and stood side-by-side with us in the climactic phase of the Cold War and contributed mightily to the end of the Soviet Union. (1) The British government has every right to be affronted. Mere decency and respect calls for a high-level delegation.
Instead they get the same level of official representation as was sent to the funeral of Hugo Chavez.
Some men grow into the office of President, rising to meet its challenges. Harry Truman, for example.
Barack Obama demeans and diminishes it.
(1) And maybe that’s another reason behind the slight: what she did would have upset Frank.
(Crossposted at Public Secrets)