Before his you-can-keep-your-doctor-and-insurance-plan promises were shown to be premeditated lies, President Barack Obama not only didn’t attend Margaret Thatcher’s April 2013 funeral, but also refused to dispatch any high-ranking members of his administration to pay respects to the Britain’s Iron Lady:
President Barack Obama decision not to dispatch any high-ranking members of his administration to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday has peeved critics on both sides of the pond.
The White House tapped ex-Secretaries of State George Shultz and James A. Baker III to lead the American delegation, which also includes Barbara Stephenson, the charge d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in London, and Louis Susman, former U.S. ambassador to the U.K., according to The Associated Press.
JoeForAmerica has also learned via CNN that President Barack Obama ordered American flags to be lowered immediately to half-staff until Monday in tribute to Mandela, a rare honor for a foreign leader, as:
When the death to be honored is not an American official but a foreign leader, diplomat or other dignitary, U.S. flags may still honor the occasion. In these cases, however, the president must specifically authorize a half-staff display; such displays may also be called for informally, as long as they do not conflict with existing law. This honor falls to the president’s discretion; flags were not officially flown at half-staff for the 2013 death of former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, for instance…
Soon after his First Inaugural and commencement of his occupation of the White House, but before his Stimulus didn’t, he ordered a post-9/11 solidarity-against-terrorism bust of Winston Churchill given to President George W. Bush on behalf of the American people from British Prime Minister Tony Blair, removed from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And who can forget Obama’s iPad gift of his own recorded speeches to Queen Elizabeth.
Conversely, the president with the thinnest resume in history (no former client or student has ever come forward to tout his professional work) has often attempted to pad that resume by association with the legacies of former Illinoisan Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King.
Mr. President, I didn’t know Lincoln or King, but sir, you are no Lincoln or King. In fact, you aren’t even Herbert Hoover of Jimmy Carter according to the latest polls.
Yet at this moment you would bask in the glory of Nelson Mandela’s shadow:
President Obama is expected to attend the funeral and we don’t begrudge him that privilege. But while we join in mourning the passing of a great man who was certainly justified in fighting against an unjust apartheid regime (even if some of his tactics may have been questionable), and who, especially after his release from prison was a great leader of South Africa; we do find his serial snubbing of America’s greatest ally in the UK quite a contrast with his seeming over-the-top admiration for socialists in South Africa, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Iran’s terror regime.