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April 8, 2013 - 7:55 am

Washington reacted swiftly to the passing of President Reagan’s close friend and ally during the Cold War, with President Obama calling former Prime Minister Lady Margaret Thatcher “one of the great champions of freedom and liberty” and a “true friend” to the United States.

“As a grocer’s daughter who rose to become Britain’s first female prime minister, she stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can’t be shattered,” Obama said in a bit of a nod to his “war on women” narrative.

“As prime minister, she helped restore the confidence and pride that has always been the hallmark of Britain at its best. And as an unapologetic supporter of our transatlantic alliance, she knew that with strength and resolve we could win the Cold War and extend freedom’s promise,” he continued.

“Here in America, many of us will never forget her standing shoulder to shoulder with President Reagan, reminding the world that we are not simply carried along by the currents of history—we can shape them with moral conviction, unyielding courage and iron will. Michelle and I send our thoughts to the Thatcher family and all the British people as we carry on the work to which she dedicated her life—free peoples standing together, determined to write our own destiny.”

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called Thatcher “the greatest peacetime prime minister in British history.”

The Iron Lady, Boehner said, “stared down elites, union bosses, and communists to win three consecutive elections, establish conservative principles in Western Europe, and bring down the Iron Curtain.”

“There was no secret to her values – hard work and personal responsibility – and no nonsense at all in her leadership.  She once said, ‘Defeat?  I do not recognize the meaning of the word,’” he said. “Now this lady who was never for turning goes to rest as grateful friends and allies around the world mourn her passing and pray for her loved ones.”

“Undaunted by the tremendous personal and political obstacles that stood in her path at nearly every turn, including an attempt on her life, Thatcher reshaped Britain from the state of economic and social turmoil in which she found it to a place of opportunity and promise during three terms in office,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “She boldly reasserted her nation’s strength in foreign affairs, and she became an iconic symbol of the transformative power of conservative ideas.”

“A towering figure of 20th century politics and an inspiration to millions around the globe, Margaret Thatcher set a standard of leadership that will be hard to replicate, but which will forever stand as a model for those who wish to change society for the better,” he added.

“The Iron Lady’s legacy of unflinching boldness in confronting economic doldrums at home and pervasive communism abroad stands as a gold standard for all elected leaders seeking the political courage to make difficult decisions,” said Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.).

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Cameron: Thatcher ‘Saved Our Country’

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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She saw leftism for what it is, engaged leftists in a stare down...and made them blink.

And soil themselves.

So, they despise her for it. For she knew what we have forgotten when we confront them. Scratch a bully and a coward bleeds.

Rest well, my Lady. You have served the world more than we can say.
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And Golda Meir was what? Chopped liver?
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I was 12 years old when we had the 'WINTER OF DISCONTENT' of 78/79 here in the UK .... The country had comed to a stand still; so much so that some streets were piled high with rubbish and rats & lined with coffins that could not be buried in the cemeteries because even the park staff had gone on strike .... The Trade Unions had brought the UK to its knees ..... Baroness Thatcher came along six months later and literally dragged the country up from oblivion over the next 11.5 years with great economic sucess ..... Her and Reagan on your side of the atlantic, embarked upon true free market economics to facilitate the economic success ..... yet it is strange now, that both our countries have reverted towards the dark days of the 70's ..... Obama and the aftermath of Blair's New Labour have reversed much of the greatness produced by Thatcher & Reagan ..... WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED????
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I'll bet fifty to one that Obama had no clue as to Margaret Thatcher's amazing life story. Someone wrote his teleprompter her story and he probably had his fingers
crossed as he read it. Obama is not fit to polish her shoes. If he thinks it's time to act presidential, it's too late. He has not the intelligence, the graciousness the decency nor the statesmanship to make up for his past demeaning of our British allies.
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Correction; switch with to without.
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Where would we be without Milton Friedman,Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher? Far poorer,far less brave.Having been alive with the likes of such as them,would have left me in a far deeper dark.
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Consensus is the absence of Leadership!
Margaret Thatcher
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"Washington reacted swiftly to the passing of President Reagan’s close friend and ally during the Cold War, with President Obama calling former Prime Minister Lady Margaret Thatcher “one of the great champions of freedom and liberty” and a “true friend” to the United States."

I'm truly surprised that Obama found it within himself to say something favourable about Mrs. Thatcher. Considering his apparently deep-seated objections to what he deems colonialism and Thatcher's former position as the leader of that nation, I truly expected him to say something snarky at best, or, more diplomatically, simply pass it off as a personal matter affecting only her family.

Ideologically, the two could hardly be more different. She must surely have seen him for the neo-Marxist that he is and there's no doubt whatever that she would have despised that. I would have expected him to return the favour as gracelessly as he returned the Churchill bust.

I know she's been ill for several years and has had bouts of dementia so I'm not sure if she was even aware of him, let alone whether she had formed an opinion of him. I have no doubt that she would have loathed his world view had she been aware of it.

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Could it be that he is growing up? What a unifier he could have been,what a far better situation we could now have,a truly United States.
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"Could it be that he is growing up?"

It would be wonderful if that were true but unless he's had a "Road to Damascus" moment in the last few weeks, I simply can't believe that the leopard could have changed his spots so completely. For some unknown reason, he is choosing to be tasteful on this occasion. I don't expect it to last.

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NO doubt its part of his 'charm' offensive. In other words - just another form of campaigning. Something he does well. Work? Not so well.
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She saw leftism for what it is, engaged leftists in a stare down...and made them blink.

And soil themselves.

So, they despise her for it. For she knew what we have forgotten when we confront them. Scratch a bully and a coward bleeds.

Rest well, my Lady. You have served the world more than we can say.
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