Is Obama snubbing Lady Thatcher's funeral?

Obama sent a higher level delegation to the funeral of Hugo Chavez - what does this say?

by Phoenix on 16 April 2013 13:03

One might argue that this is something to do with an incumbent versus a former leader. Others have argued that it is just another in a long-line of snubs from Obama to Britain. 

Whichever you believe (you may believe neither, I suppose) - there are questions to be answered as to why US President Barack Obama chose to send a current administration delegation to the funeral of the now dead socialist revolutionary Hugo Chavez, and only a couple of former Republican Secretaries of State — James Baker and George Shultz — to the funeral of one of recent history's most fierce and Americophilic freedom fighters, Lady Thatcher.

In fact, talk in London tell us that the British are not happy. "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-US leaders -- Jimmy Carter, George Bush Sr, Bill Clinton and George Bush Jr. -- is coming either."

In March, Obama sent an official delegation to the funeral of Hugo Chavez, drawing criticism from across the House and Senate. Rep. Greg Meeks (D-N.Y.), former Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.), and James Derham, the charge d'affaires at the U.S. embassy in Caracas, were among those at Chavez’s funeral. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican of Florida, called the decision “weak and irresponsible" while Marco Rubio called at the time for the delegation to be cancelled. 

Former UK defence secretary Dr Liam Fox 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."

I think it would be a little more than disappointing. 

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