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
The article reports that the granddaughter has a Texas accent. This Texan believes that if Baroness Thatcher would have chosen a place in America for her granddaughter, it would have been Texas. The spirits are similar. About 20 years hence, a Governor Thatcher might be nice.
Obama is an anti-colonialist, even though colonialism has helped about every country that started as a colony, especially of Great Britain.
So, its no wonder Obama, Mooch, and the Moochettes didn´t take a vacation to Europe disguised as a trip to The Iron Lady´s funeral. They weren´t missed, and the proceedings were the better for them not being there!
I thought it was a beautiful service and it only would have been marred by the presence of that piece of ´human´ excrement currently defiling the White House.
As to the author´s reference to Amanda Thatcher´s soft Texas accent, I listened to her reading twice...Maybe my ears are going bad but what I heard was a generally neutral American accent and the young lady was being very precise in her enunciations. I thought she did an admirable job and handled herself very well.
A beautiful, dignified, precisely punctual funeral as only the British can produce. It was wonderful that neither the Obama or Biden families were there. Vice-President and Mrs. Cheney were there along with other great Americans and their presence represented America perfectly with respect, honor, and grace.
How wonderful that The Lady was allowed the dignity of a funeral sans The "Grifters"! We apologize to Britain but ask them to understand that we are suffering from our stupidity as a people! But we were well represented! RIP to a Great Leader! Where are they today?
The didn´t go because they couldn´t figure out how to make it all about them. If they´re not the centers of attention, they´re not participating. But you´d have thunk that they´d at least take advantage of another vacation opportunity.
Did you hear the bamster shaming Americans because WE didn´t pass HIS gun law? It´s called the Constitution -- loser.....
He sounded like a wounded child who didn´t get HIS way... I expected him to stamp his feet and shake his finger at US. A lot like bubba clinton when he raised his bony finger and lied through his teeth, -- "I´m gonna say this one more time -- I did not have sex with that woman".... Yeah -- right -- you loser.....
What a joke!!
Conversely -- the Iron Lady got exactly what she deserved, praise and honor and a glorious send/off. Even the Queen and Prince Philip came to send her off.
So -- OUR loser snubbed the "Lady". No one cares....
How nice to read an article about the great Lady Thatcher without hearing how "divisive" she was supposed to be. All I cared about hearing was the facts and apparently the haters were few and far between. RIP, Great Lady. We will miss you forever.
London´s ´gain´ (not having the Obamas there) is our ´loss´ (having to deal with them here). Barack and Michelle aren´t even in the same class with those who honored Thatcher. These two just ´don´t get it´, or ´don´t care´.
In the back of my mind i sort of enjoy the thought that Obama received an "un-invite" from the Thatcher family. The Baroness would not want that Communistt anywhere near her. But she would have had more class than to express it the way I did.
The truth is, the people handling The Iron Lady´s funeral wouldn´t allow tele-prompters, hoop shooting, practice putting greens and ´shout outs´ during the ceremony.
If the facts were truly published, Zero and the Mooch feel completely inadequate when surrounded by talented and classy people (which doesn´t include the Hollywood crowd who are gutter people). Therefore they decided to vote not-present.
Too bad he and Michelle had to show up in Boston for the memorial service to the Marathon Terrorist Attack victims. On top of this tragedy, the city now has to suffer the effects of their majesties´ presence on the city just so they can plaster their odious mugs on TV.
What´s pity that Baroness that her didn´t have the opportunity to shred the Ø in one of her marvelous sessions before the House of Commons. She would have intellectually destroyed him, politically spanked him and sent him to be without supper. As for the Mooch, one steely glance from her ladyship would have sent the Mooch mewling to a corner , whimpering about the mean old racist white b*tch or something stupid like that.
FTA: In what was seen as a snub both to Lady Thatcher’s memory and Britain’s present Conservative-led government, President Obama declined to send a high-level representative.
Thankfully, the mean pettiness of the current POTUS served as a blessing for all who love and revere the memory of this wonderful lady and all that her good life meant to the world. Remember what Joseph said to his brothers in Genesis 50:20? ("As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good...")
Their presence would have marred a beautiful tribute. Those of us Americans who love the Brits and Great Britain were there in spirit. We were represented much better by those Americans who were mentioned as being there to honor her memory.
I very much enjoyed watching the funeral live in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Of course, I was saddened by the death of Mrs. Thatcher. Yet the funeral bolstered my faith in Jesus Christ and the promise that the dead in Christ shall rise on the Last Day.
This hymn text, sung during the service, has been running through my head non-stop since the funeral. It is a great Anglican/Episcopal hymn we sing from time to time in my parish:
He who would valiant be ´gainst all disaster, Let him in constancy follow the Master. There´s no discouragement shall make him once relent His first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.
Another line: "No foes shall stay his might; though he with giants fight, He will make good his right to be a pilgrim."
Zippy should have gone to the Thatcher Funeral. He would have seen how a real approving, appropriate send off is done. You have to know that History will treat him badly, In spite of the Liberal re-write of history. His hearse will be a flat bed truck with a Dempsey Dumpster for a coffin.
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