The Obama administration has at least some wiggle room to explain why it is sending higher-ranking U.S. officials to Fidel Castro’s funeral than it sent to Margaret Thatcher’s. But the excuses are pretty thin, and it isn’t a good look. When Thatcher passed in 2013, the Obama White House appointed former Secretaries of State George Shultz and Jim Baker, both Republicans, to head the U.S. delegation. Baker and Shultz had both served under Ronald Reagan, and they both worked closely with Thatcher’s administration. The official delegation included the charge d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in London Barbara Stephens and former U.S. ambassador to the U.K. Louis Susman. The Republican-controlled House also sent a delegation of its own, which included Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and George Holding, R-N.C., and former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. However, the U.S. delegation to Thatcher’s funeral conspicuously lacked several key contingents, including currently elected Democratic lawmakers, major Cabinet members and, of course, the president himself. For Castro, things will be slightly different. The Obama administration is sending Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes and Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, America’s chief diplomat in Havana, to represent the U.S. at the long-serving communist dictator’s funeral. So yes, the White House is sending higher-ranking officials than they sent to Thatcher’s funeral. However, the Obama administration is stressing the two are not being sent as part of an official presidential delegation.
Another example of how Obama likes to cozy up to dictators and thugs, while alienating our friends. How he handled Lady Thatcher’s funeral was a disgrace and was a national embarrassment. His sending a delegation to Castro’s funeral is hardly surprising… Awful..