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Mike McNally

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April 17, 2013 - 2:30 pm
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After all the controversy – it was too much, and too expensive; it would be marred by protests – this morning’s funeral for Lady Thatcher in London was a splendid and memorable affair, which did her memory, and her country, proud. It was a moving, dignified and pitch-perfect occasion: unmistakably British, and a fitting send-off for the country’s greatest post-war prime minister.

Big Ben fell silent – for the first time since the funeral of wartime leader Winston Churchill – and tens of thousands of admirers lined the streets to applaud Lady Thatcher’s coffin as it was borne on a horse-drawn gun carriage to St Paul’s Cathedral. The funeral was conducted with full military honors: the coffin was carried into St Paul’s by servicemen representing units that played key roles in the 1982 Falkands war against Argentina, and two of the field guns that fired a salute during the funeral procession had last been fired in anger during that conflict.

A solemn and dignified service followed, featuring choral music and hymns by Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Brahms among others. Lady Thatcher’s granddaughter, Amanda, read from Ephesians chapter 6 (in a soft but unmistakeable Texas accent – she’s the daughter of Lady Thatcher’s son Mark and his American first wife), and Prime Minister David Cameron from John chapter 14 (‘I am the way, the truth and the life’).

The Bishop of London gave an address in which he spoke about the strong personal faith that informed Lady Thatcher’s politics (she was baptized a Methodist and later converted to Anglicanism), and about how much the person he knew differed from some of the myths and caricatures. The final hymn was Lady Thatcher’s favorite I Vow To The My Country, and when her coffin was carried out of the cathedral the crowd erupted into cheers and applause as the cathedral’s bells rang out.

In the run-up to the funeral, much had been made of possible disruption by left-wing protestors, but in the event few turned up; the Washington Post, rather optimistically, had reported that protestors were expected to ‘line the streets’, but there were barely enough of them to line a taxi stand. I suspect that many of the louts and “activists” who have been filmed drinking and dancing on the streets of London and elsewhere in the past few days forgot to set their alarms, and slept through the whole thing. Those protestors that did show up struggled to get themselves noticed or heard; early on in the proceedings there were reports of objects being thrown at the funeral procession, but it turned out the only things that were thrown were flowers.

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Actually, given how bad relations between the US and the UK have gotten since the Bamster took office, I'd suggest they are actually pleased to not have to deal with the asshat.
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It has occurred to me that the Obama's staying away from Lady thatcher's funeral was actually a good thing. The (anti)-American media, being what they are, would have made a bigger story about the Obamas presence there than they would have made about the extraordinary life of Margaret Thatcher.

As for attributing Obama's disdain for Winston Churchill to colonialism, I think that is wrong. Any objective observer could come to only one conclusion about European Colonialism in Africa. That conclusion is, that that in spite of some bad things, European influence was the best thing that ever happened to Africa.

I think that the real reason for Obama's hatred for Winston Churchill is what Churchill said about Obama' favorite religion, Islam:
"Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world."

or

"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity."

These sentiments cannot sit well with a President who in his famous Cairo speech said: ""...I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear."

Long live the legacy of Margaret Thatcher. May she rest in peace.
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5 years from now, African-Americans will disavow that Obama was the first Black President.
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Don't look on Obama's absence as a snub... it's the highest compliment he could have paid the Iron Lady.
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The true snub would have been sending arses like Biden, Kerry, and Billary.
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Somebody rang the bell when they said that Margaret Thatcher put the 'GREAT" back on Britain. She was a great leader and a true 'statesman'. May G-d rest and keep her wonderful soul.
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Very excellent article but...ouch!
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President Obama, Michelle Obama and Vice President Biden are not worthy of attending Lady Thatcher's funeral. They are all a gross embarrassment to both America and the world. A bunch of incompetent, bumbling, ill mannered fools. Be glad they stayed away. As an American I am ashamed and embarrassed by their crude behavior, wretched taste and lack of manners.
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Thank you for writing this.
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Hail and Farewell.
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The fact that no one from the Obama regime attended Margaret Thatchers funeral was a good thing and gave more dignity to the British send off for one of their great leaders. Sending an idiot like Joe Biden would have been taken as a gross insult to the Baroness. Thankfully we were spared the moronic females of the American media trying so hard to pass as British when it is very obvious that they are one step above American white trash. RIP Maggie
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President Obama declined to send a high-level representative

Why would he? He despises America. P.M. Thatcher loved the American People, and the American Ideal of Individual Liberty. Obama is a mere celebrity who takes his admiring press clippings too seriously. Margaret Thatcher was a person for the ages. Barry Obama is just a somewhat scary flash in the pan. He does not speak for me, and I will just leave it at that.
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Godspeed, Lady Thatcher. The United States remembers and we mourn.
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