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April 16, 2013

Obama Refuses to Send Any Official Representative to Thatcher Funeral; Boehner Will Send Unofficial, Private-Citizen Delegates

TFG. He claims he can't spare a man due to the critical phase of his anti-gun Moral Panic.

This is a hugely significant week in terms of US domestic politics,’ a spokesman added.

He 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.’

Boehner will attempt to correct this international embarrassment (I mean the snub, not Obama), but a few Representatives aren't the same as high officials from the actual government.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced he will send a delegation to London this week to represent the U.S. House of Representatives at the funeral of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of the United Kingdom. The delegation will be led by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).

Bachmann will also go.

Incidentally, the BBC did in fact play "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" on their top-selling-songs countdown. Their reasoning seemed solid enough: They can't black out the news nor attempt to silence free expression. (They once did just that when "God Save the Queen" rose in the charts during the Jubilee; they just didn't acknowledge the song existed.)

As a compromise, they played a seven-second clip of it, acknowledging the song's position in the UK charts (number two) while avoiding celebrating the hateful spirit in which it was purchased. The song, of course, is being purchased to play at actual parties --yes, they call them parties -- celebrating Thatcher's demise.

If the American media ever reported all the left's obnoxious, crude, hateful behavior, the public might not have the sense that they're the "easygoing, flexible ones." Fortunately for the left, this will never happen.

Corrected: Apparently it was seven seconds. More importantly, I'm not sure the BBC really avoided delighting in her death -- judge for yourself, but they seem rather determined to make the Death Celebrants' point for them by noting all the ways in which Thatcher had disappointed them.

What I mean is -- I wasn't sure what I meant a moment ago -- that playing the song without commentary would have been less offensive than what they did, which was to "explain" the controversy by painting a sympathetic portrait of her detractors. Which is not only conceding to them their little stunt (it gets played on the list), but then amplifying that by also spreading their message.

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