Protocol: President Obama declined to send a high-level delegation to Wednesday´s funeral of Britain´s Margaret Thatcher. It´s a measure of how little he values the special relationship — and a sign of his own smallness. Back in more gracious times, vice presidents routinely attended funerals of foreign dignitaries. As such, the presence of Vice President Joe Biden — if not Obama himself — would seem fitting for as significant a U.S. ally as the late Prime Minister Thatcher, if not out of warmth of feeling, then simply to represent the U.S.´ gratitude. Thatcher´s uncompromising friendship
Not surprising Barry won´t go. He´d only be a face in the crowd, one dignitary among many. In other words, the attention wouldn´t be focused on him. Better to go to Boston and get the accolades and photo-ops available there.
Small, petty, mean, self-centered. I agree that his own presence would be a farce. But to not have an official presence of the administration is truly small. But totally in character. Ramona (the Pest)
Not surprised by The Bamster´s official snub of The Baroness Thatcher´s state funeral. Keep in mind Barry´s Kenyan Mau Mau grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, was rounded up by the British colonial authorities in 1949 and spent two years in a high security prison...And whatever became of Sir Winston´s bust that once resided in The Oval Office?
Barry´s drunken, official daddy and his other daddy, Frank Marshall Davis, really instilled the old kenyan hatred of the British in him, didn´t they? He is one mind-damaged dude who would never qualify for his own concealed carry permit.
I can not stand Obama! He is not a true American, I am so worried what he is doing to this Nation and people keep saying "What did Bush do? What a mess we as a Nation we are in. The dumbing down of a Great Nation
It is indeed a small act, and indicative of this man´s pettiness; on the other hand, it´s unfortunate timing to die during such an american administration, just as it´s undortunate to be a Boy Scout and earn your Eagle during this adminstration, because your congratulatory form letter comes from this dope, thus it means nothing to you. So dear Mrs. Thatcher, i´m sure, is amused and relieved right now.
Obama doesn´t deserve to go to her funeral. Small is not the word I would use for him. Vengeful is more like it. Deceitful is also appropriate since the true Obama is never on display, but the true Obama is fairly easy to see if you simply look. This "snub" shows the true Obama, which is a vengeful Marxist (and racist) to the core.
I thought all those educated folks at State Department were there to help observe protocol, to keep small-minded hick elected officials from stepping on their dicks when in polite company. Let´s save a bunch of money and get rid of all the protocol folks at State Then, use some of that money for Obama and his classless administration to teach manners. Lord, I´m embarrassed by these people.
I second No. 12´s comment. When my late grandmother turned 100, BO signed her birthday letter. Members of the family wanted to frame it in her room at the care home, but I would not let them. I can´t stand looking at him or listening to him & I didn´t even want to see a letter auto-penned with his signature every time I went to see her. She never would have voted for him. I hope this country is learning a good lesson about affirmative actions with chips on their shoulders.
#12 and #18 - Michelle Obama is supposed to give the commencement speech at my son´s graduation from college next month. I seriously don´t think I could sit in the presence of her and listen to anything she could possibly say. I wish she would show me the same honor her husband did to Mrs. Thatcher.
This is an insult to "our very special" relationship to Britian. Mrs. Tatcher and President Reagan electrified the world with their free market and thumb-your-nose at freeloaders policies. Between the two of them, they brought the USSR to an end! God Bless them!! The USA doesn´t owe anything to anyone, but Mr. Obamawannatakeurgunz should at least have the decency and respect to honor this fine woman by attending her funeral. Of course, he has no honor... Or decency. He is morally corrupt.
Obama is a petty clod. He will croak too one day like the rest of us and the Brits will remember who came to pay respects and who didn´t. Obama must be carrying a grudge for the Brits allegedly whupping his grandpappy´s butt.
Another poster made a good point yesterday, that Obama travels with such an outrageous amount of security etc. The British are probably relieved he didn´t attend. Obama tends to make every occasion all about him so it actually was a courtesy he didn´t go. Meanwhile it makes him look like an even smaller person here at home and around the world as well.
I will continue to pray that the US can survive this putrid man with his radical following who would be nothing if not for the radical America hating media and some dishonest billionaires that funded this disgrace.
From what I have read in the foreign press, obama is not well received in the world at large. I think world leaders realize how insignificant (not even carter was judged insignificant)and impotent the potus is. And frankly, I´ll bet he is too frightened to travel abroad. I wonder who is delegated to talk him out from under his bed during times of crises? What is the person´s title and how do they perform their duties?
For one, I’m extremely relieved he’s not going. Shutting down the airport, landing with three support aircraft, twenty-five vehicle blue-light caravan into London, laying hands on the Queen…I would be so embarrassed for America!
It shows what an absolute disgrace of a President he is. He doesn´t merely disdain Thatcherism, he disdains the "special relationship" and sees it as a holdover from colonialism. My solace is that the Baroness would be delighted by his absence, so blunt a woman was she.
The liberals argue, and probably rightly, that if he had gone, places like this would have been full of remarks as to why he did not belong there. But there are two responses to that argument1)He didn´t have to go himself, that´s what Vice-Presidents are for--also ambassadors (ours apparently didn´t attend either). And (2) sadly, the truth is that 0bama wouldn´t amount to a pimple on Lady Thatcher´s little toe, and he indeed wouldn´t measure up. But he´s (very sadly) the POTUS, and it´s his job to either go or send a suitable proxy.
"I thought all those educated folks at State Department were there to help observe protocol, to keep small-minded hick elected officials from stepping on their dicks when in polite company." True. But even when you put lipstick on an ignoramus, he´s still an ignoramus. That´s what he is. That´s all folks.
I am actually GLAD that these asshats will NOT be going. If they had, it would have doubled-down on their hypocritical HATE for the UK and everything that Baroness Thatcher stood for. PLUS, Obozo would have made it ALL ABOUT HIMSELF.
The David Maraniss biography of Obama debunks the story of his grandfather´s imprisonment by the British. He cites five people who knew Obama’s grandfather and who doubted the story or were certain it did not happen. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2161817/Obamas-grandfather-Stanley-Armour-Dunham-tortured-British.html#ixzz2QkLKHgpv
Obama is a pigmy (the implication is intended) when it comes to statesmanship. That being said, I´m glad that he and the Mooche won´t be there to distract from the solemn occasion. Probably Queen Elizabeth II is relieved, also. I imagine that she was probably shuddering at the thought that the Mooche would put her hands all over her again.
James Baker and George Schultz will represent us well. I´m sure they will comfort Lady Thatcher´s family as would be expected of American representatives.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday there is an anti-government strain of the GOP that is causing problems for the whole, calling on Republicans to take back control. “They have something going on. I say to Republicans, ‘Take back your party,’” Pelosi said on “CBS This Morning.” She pointed to the fact that a majority of Republicans didn’t support President George W. Bush on TARP and that they didn’t vote for federal aid after Hurricane Sandy as evidence of the issues that are also seen in the current government shutdown. Pelosi pointed to intraparty fighting on the GOP side as
Vice President Joe Biden is proud of the National Park Service ranger who stood up to Rep. Randy Neugebauer at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. On Thursday, video surfaced online of Neugebauer, a Texas Republican, angrily lecturing the ranger for setting up barricades to the memorial. "I´m proud of you," Biden said, according to his office´s Twitter account, revealing that the vice president had called the ranger to thank her for her service. Neugebauer told the ranger that the Park Service should be "ashamed" for blocking access to the memorial. “I’m not ashamed,” the ranger replied.
Is liberals´ claim that conservatism is mean correct? After reading this article, you tell me. In the early sixties, two school bus-loads of us black kids from Pumphery, Maryland were bused to nearby Brooklyn Park Junior/Senior High School. I felt like a speck of pepper in a salt shaker. Every month, the best seven paintings from all the art classes were displayed in the school lobby. Numerous times, a painting of mine made the cut. The selection process perfectly illustrated conservatism, as it was based solely on merit. Had today´s liberalism been in power at that time, paintings would have been selected based
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Is this the Change we were waiting for? Really? Even if you voted the other way in 2008, most of the country felt an energy early in 2009, fresh blood in the White House, a clean slate built on a historic choice who promised so much. Even skeptics were hopeful. No more. Just look, if you haven´t just eaten, at the sad spectacle unfolding in Washington these days on both sides — starting at the top. As the world´s second oldest profession, politics has never been pretty. We ask these chosen men and women to set the collective public priorities and work
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