U.S. not represented at Margaret Thatcher funeral
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As I recall, Lady Thatcher attended Reagan's funeral and sat next to Nancy on the plane even though Lady Thatcher was in frail health even then.
In any case, the vituperous hysteria that has been going on in the Pro and Con thread on Thatcher shows better than anything of late just how much these Librarything threads have deteriorated, and how negligent the administration of these threads is in maintaining even the slightest degree of civility or even handedness. Most of the posters to most of these threads are simply juvenile barbarians. They deserve to be spanked and sent to bed without supper, but they never will be.
In any case I understand her funeral (her, ah, state funeral) was attended by a very respectful bunch, with no yahoos in evidence. It is nice that some Brits, at least, have maintained some degree of decorum.
We sent Schultz and Baker officially; I think Cheney and Kissinger went on their own dimes.
Edited to add: Yeah, Canada sent former PM Mulroney, Australia sent former PM Howard.
Edited again to add: digging deeper, it looks like Harper WAS there.
(My bad.) OTOH, New Zealand sent their Minister for Transport, Gerry Brownlee.
I try to be civil in my posts. And when I get my facts wrong, as I evidently did this time, I try to correct and/or admit it. I'm 57 and and haven't been spanked in many decades. I shouldn't be sent to bed w/o supper--it might aggravate my ulcer or one of my other health conditions.
I haven't been on librarything as much lately, but have noticed that the forums just aren't as active, not so much that the quality has gone down.
Since amazon took over goodreads, librarything has been wooing goodreads members, so the forum activity might change even more with these new members.
I still think that Obama has issues with the British, though.
Not everybody knows everything, and we come to places like this to chat about things that we DO know. Every person I meet knows something I don't know.
Heck, when I looked more deeply into the point you raised at #1, I learned that *I* was wrong too (in thinking the Commonwealth countries ALSO sent only former officials - Canada for one, WAS represented by their current PM). But I had to do some research to learn that....