President Obama today announced that former secretaries of state James A. Baker, III, and George Shultz will lead the U.S. delegation to attend the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The White House news release follows:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2013
President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Attend the Funeral of Baroness Margaret Thatcher
President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to attend the Funeral of Baroness Margaret Thatcher.
The Honorable George Shultz, former Secretary of State, and The Honorable James A. Baker, III, former Secretary of State, will lead the delegation.
Members of the Presidential Delegation:
The Honorable Barbara Stephenson, Charge d"Affaires to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Department of State
The Honorable Louis Susman, former Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- Mr. Baker earlier released the following statement on Prime Minister Thatcher's passing:
"The United Kingdom lost a strong leader, the United States lost a great friend and the world lost a powerful voice today with the passing of Margaret Thatcher. Mikhail Gorbachev rightly called her the ￢ﾀﾘIron Lady," and she was that, correcting her country"s labor woes and implementing a resolute vision that helped lead to the peaceful end of the Cold War. She could charm and persuade her adversaries whenever possible, but also knew how to cower them when needed. Margaret Thatcher was an extraordinary leader who led by example, a strong prime minister who was superb in dealing with the intersection of politics and public policy."
- Mr. Baker appeared on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" to remember Margaret Thatcher. Watch the video below.
- Read a transcript of PBS NewsHour's interview with Mr. Baker about Margaret Thatcher, or watch the interview below.