Apr
16
2013

John Boehner, Mitch McConnell should attend Margaret Thatcher’s funeral.

The President can’t be bothered to go himself, you see.  Or – and this is the actually offensive part – send anybody currently from the administration.

Whitehall sources have revealed that the US delegation at tomorrow’s service in St Paul’s Cathedral will be led by two Reagan era secretaries of state: James Baker and George Shultz.

Though President Obama himself had not been expected to attend, there had been speculation that he would be represented either by Vice President Joe Biden or wife Michelle. However, the Obama administration had said it would not be attending Thatcher’s funeral before the Boston bombings…

The excuse here for the lack of the VP or FLOTUS is this, I kid you not:

[A US Embassy spokesman] said that both the First Lady and the Vice President were ‘the President’s point people on gun control’, adding: ‘This is a week when there is a lot of movement on Capitol Hill on gun control issues.’

…In which case, problem easily solved: the Speaker of the House and the Senate Minority Leader can themselves decide to go to the funeral, as Ed Morrissey notes here. No Boehner and no McConnell means that the White House can stop pretending to work on gun control, thus freeing up the First Lady (she’d probably be a safer choice than Biden) for the requisite time period.  Or else making them have to come up with an alternate excuse for not wanting to go.

This is a serious suggestion, for three reasons.  One, it is the proper thing to do: Maggie Thatcher was a staunch and utterly reliable ally of the United States and is well-respected here.  Two, the country in general and the Republican party’s base in particular are going to have expectations that the party of Ronald Reagan will show proper respect to Thatcher’s memory.  Three… look.  I don’t know who, specifically, the President is going to be in 2017, but I do know this: the President will not be a petty man lashing out at the British because he’s trying to curry posthumous favor with an anti-colonial daddy who never truly loved him.  Now would be a good time for the rest of the country to make it quietly clear that the last several, and next several, years represent an aberration in Anglo-American relations, not the New Normal…

Moe Lane (crosspost)

5 Comments

  • Cameron says:

    the President will not be a petty man lashing out at the British because he’s trying to curry posthumous favor with an anti-colonial daddy who never truly loved him. Sadly, that’s a very logical explanation.
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    I’d ask why they feel no shame about this, but I know that the answer would be along the lines of “What’s shame?”

  • acat says:

    I would be .. very surprised .. if Boehner and/or McConnell have the stones to attend. Pleasantly, but .. surprised.
    .
    I would not at all be surprised if Cruz or Rubio or Walker or Jindal or Perry were to turn up… and if they were to do so quietly enough that we don’t hear a ripple in the domestic press.
    .
    Mew

  • […] even the FLOTUS, VP, or John Kerry our illustrious new secretary of state, but Moe Lane notes that with Boehner attending the funeral, not much is going to happen in Congress, thus rendering that dog-ate-my-homework excuse […]

  • bobby b says:

    Reasons why neither Obama nor any of his minions will attend Ms. Thatcher’s funeral:

    1. Axlerod won’t allow O to slyly give Thatcher’s coffin the finger, thus spoiling what little bit of fun the trip could have held for O.

    2. O’s insistence that the Queen remain three paces behind him and speak to him only when spoken to wasn’t at all well-received.

    3. O is still pissed that England has refused to return the Maldives to Argenzuela.

    4. Ever since O denied sending Churchill’s bust back to England, he’s had to remember to avoid situations where a picture could be taken containing both him and the bust during a time when he is traveling. (He knows he lied, England knows he lied, and we all know he lied, but he doesn’t give a rat’s bass what everyone thinks so long as he can continue to tell his lies without being confronted everywhere he goes with photographic proof of his lies.)

    5. No way is he going to put himself in danger by publicly appearing in a country so full of wild-ass crazy Islamo-bombists as England. I mean, “religion-of-peace” and all that crap notwithstanding, those people are nuts!

  • […] Oh, and I just love the reason for not sending the First Lady or the Vice President (h/t Moe Lane): […]

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