White House defends Thatcher funeral snub
by Rhee Porter
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2013 — The Obama Administration finally has revealed why it is not sending a current official to attend the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
"Nobody has time," Assistant White House Press Secretary Belle Loney said this morning. "Moreover, Baroness Thatcher is a heroine of our enemy, and the president has no intention of honoring the life of a woman who spent her life trying to defeat socialism."
Thatcher was known as The Iron Lady for her steely determination to face up to communism and the failures of socialism and her support for former U.S. President Ronald Reagan's policy of negotiating through strength.
Loney said the decision to stay away from the funeral was made before the Boston Marathon bombings and has nothing to do with the president's plans to golf 36 holes tomorrow.
"We usually find time to attend funerals of truly outstanding world leaders and important citizens," she said. "We sent a delegation of Democrats and the Reverend Jesse Jackson to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's funeral, and the First Lady attended the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton [a girl who was killed by a stray bullet in Chicago]."
White House Chief of Staff Ruger Eiffel said the administration is focusing on gun control and tax increases, requiring the full attention of all high-ranking officials.
"There was an assistant secretary to the secretary of the Secretary of the Energy who wanted to go," she admitted, "But, due to the Republicans' failure to reverse the sequestration, we don't have enough money in our travel budget."
Secret Service Director Thom Fullery said his agency does not have sufficient funds in its budget to provide security for a trip to London by President Obama, the First Lady, Secretary of State John Kerry or any former president. Even after President Obama pared his vacation schedule to one vacation a month, reduced his golf outings to four rounds a week, and eliminated White House tours by schoolchildren, he said, the Secret Service has been unable to realize enough savings to fund unscheduled travel.
President Obama's new gun control czar praised the president for "putting gun legislation higher on his priority list than honoring a dead conservative politician."
Arms Seizure Service Director Otto Lohder said Democrats must take advantage of unprecedented public support for confiscating assault weapons from citizens in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings.
"We're going to need everybody on deck to fight the gun nuts who think they have a God-given right to have weapons," he said.