Claim: The Obama administration sent an official delegation to Hugo Chavez's funeral but "snubbed" the funeral of former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
|TRUE: The U.S. sent an official delegation to Hugo Chávez's funeral.|
|FALSE: The U.S. sent no official delegation to Margaret Thatcher's funeral.|
|TRUE: The U.S. delegation to Margaret Thatcher's funeral included no current Democratic officeholders or major cabinet members.|
Obama is on his way to South Africa for Mandela's funeral. If you're a conservative American Patriot, you probably already know this, but in case it slipped your mind, here's a reminder of some current history regarding the snubbing of England and Margaret Thatcher's funeral...
President Obama was a no-show at Margaret Thatcher's funeral despite being invited to attend and thus snubbing England's invitation as a representative of the American people. Joe Biden also refused, as did Hillary Clinton. (By the way, former Secretary of State George Schultz went to the funeral). The British took note of the fact that the Obama administration chose not to send a single senior member of the Cabinet. In fact, no actively serving, elected Democrat attended Lady Thatcher's funeral. The Obama Administration did, however, send a formal delegation, of 14, to the funeral of Socialist Dictator Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Do you NOT see a trend? WAKE THE (EXPLETIVE DELETED) UP AMERICA!!
[Collected via e-mail, April 2013]
OBAMA WON'T SEND OFFICIAL DELEGATION TO THATCHER FUNERAL BUT SENT ONE TO CHAVEZ'S FUNERAL
In an amazing snub, Barack Obama, who sent an official delegation to Venezuela for tyrannical socialist dictator, Hugo Chavez's funeral, won't send one to Great Britain's Margaret Thatcher's.
This is shocking, but I guess it shouldn't be (although it still is!).
As with all things Obama, his words are a contrary indicator of what he actually does. His official statement about the passing of Baroness Thatcher, included saying, "With the passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend."
[Collected via e-mail, June 2013]
The snubbing of England
Margaret Thatcher's funeral
You probably already know this, but in case it slipped your mind, here's a reminder of some current history....
President Obama was a no-show at Margaret Thatcher's funeral despite being invited to attend and thus snubbing England's invitation as a representative of the American people.
Joe Biden also refused, as did Hillary Clinton. (By the way, former Secretary of State George Schultz went to the funeral ...)
The British took note of the fact that the Obama administration chose not to send a single senior member of the Cabinet.
In fact, no actively serving, elected Democrat attended Lady Thatcher's funeral.
The Obama Administration did, however, send a formal delegation, of 14, to the funeral of Socialist Dictator Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died last month.
Need any more red flags???
Origins: Hugo Chávez, the President of Venezuela from 1999 to 2013, and Margaret Thatcher, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990, passed away about a month apart: the former on
The delegations representing the U.S. at the two funerals were similar, comprising mostly diplomatic personnel and former cabinet members and congressmen rather than current officeholders. The U.S. delegation to Hugo Chávez's funeral included U.S.
Nonetheless, given the UK's historical status as a staunch ally of the United States, contrasted with Hugo Chávez's history of antipathy towards the U.S. and anti-American rhetoric, one might expect that the funeral of a long-serving UK prime minister would merit a much more substantial delegation than Hugo Chávez's would. Opinion was divided over whether the composition of the U.S. delegation to Margaret Thatcher's funeral constituted a "snub." The
The somewhat ambiguous nature of Thatcher's funeral, which is not a state event but nonetheless has many of the trappings of such a ceremony, given the involvement of the Queen and members of the armed forces, has prompted a varying response from other countries in terms of representation.
While some are also sending former leaders, for example Australia's John Howard, several serving prime ministers have said they will attend, including Stephen Harper of Canada, Italy's Mario Monti, and Donald Tusk from Poland.
Mr. Meeks further said he was impressed by the wide range of international leaders in attendance, leaving him optimistic about the region’s future.
"It was an opportunity to hope that we have a better relationship with Venezuela in the future," he explained. "There were world leaders from many of our allies — Colombia, all of the Caribbean, and everyone who was
Mr. Delahunt, who served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee while in Congress from 1997 through 2011, has a history of quietly attempting to forge positive diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Venezuela.
During the early 2000s, he partook in a little reported effort known in foreign policy circles as the "Groupo De Boston," which brought U.S. members of Congress to meet socially with Venezuelan lawmakers in Caracas.
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