Bachmann headed to funeral for 'Iron Lady'
April 15th, 2013
11:33 AM ET
9 years ago

Bachmann headed to funeral for 'Iron Lady'

(CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann will travel to London as part of the U.S. congressional delegation at Wednesday's funeral for the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Other American lawmakers making the trip include Rep. George Holding, R-North Carolina, and delegation leader Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee.

"Margaret Thatcher was one of the greatest champions freedom has ever known, and her funeral gives Americans and friends around the world an opportunity to pay final respects," House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement.

He also noted the officials would travel to Britain on commercial air flights – a requirement Boehner set forth for congressional trips when mandatory spending cuts took effect in March.

All former U.S. presidents and first ladies, along with President Barack Obama and wife Michelle, were invited to Thatcher's funeral, though Obama's official schedule has him remaining in Washington on Wednesday.

Nancy Reagan, the widow of staunch Thatcher ally and friend President Ronald Reagan, won't attend the funeral, a spokeswoman said, saying "she is no longer able to make that kind of a trip."

During her bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, Bachmann often compared herself to the famously strong-minded Thatcher, who was nicknamed the "Iron Lady."

She even ran a television ad in Iowa labeling herself "America's Iron Lady" alongside a portrait of Thatcher.

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. anonymous

    Liberals and leftists can stay away. We don't need your kind at the ceremony for this great lady. Save your time and energy for your hero Castro.

    April 15, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Booker

    This is an insult to the entire British people, and should be discouraged. We're better than this.

    April 15, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Ego, thy name is Bachmann. She would have been cut to pieces in a conversation with Thatcher.

    April 15, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Rick in OP

    The disrespect shown by the British people to the death of Margaret Thatcher is appalling. It is no wonder the UK is in a state of decline.

    April 15, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- TAKE BACK THE HOUSE

    Oh no! Please don't send this 'factually challenged" embarrassment of a congresswoman over there. Can we send a conservative like a Portman or Huntsman puh-lease?

    April 15, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Wake up People!

    So they can fly to Britain for a funeral but can't be bothered to have dinner with the POTUS. Typical.

    April 15, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Boo

    Though I am no fan of Thatcher, this dingbat can hardly compare herself to Thatcher. Talk about being full of yourself..

    April 15, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    Let the embarrassment begin for bug-eyes. She's a joke and why the people of her district keep electing her is beyond belief

    April 15, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. Winning

    Does a photograph of this woman exist in which she doesn't look like a completely unhinged lunatic? Conservatives ought to be embarrassed of this idiot.

    April 15, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. America Above Parties

    Who is paying for this totally unnecessary trip? Lier Bachmann and her crazy bunches have no business representing international, you only represent deranged red-meat districts.

    April 15, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Bill

    I wonder if this loser congresswoman knows that Margaret Thatcher was a proponent of universal helath care?

    April 15, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Bob

    The truth is coming out about what a horrid leader, and disgusting human being Thatcher was. She is hated in England.

    Good riddance.

    April 15, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. chilly g

    the peoples of minnesota need to get this stupid, self serving, hate spreding, con lady out of office, she will never be
    president of the USA because she is not worthy. all she do is lie and lie and lie.

    April 15, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Lisa P.

    Rick in OP

    The disrespect shown by the British people to the death of Margaret Thatcher is appalling. It is no wonder the UK is in a state of decline.
    April 15, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am

    Who better to speak than the people who paid the price? And are still paying. As you note, Thatcher's lunacy has led to nothing but further decline, just like Reagan's. When your policies are aimed at hurting most of the people don't expect them to be sorry, or silent, when you're gone.

    April 15, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. Peace

    May be thats the reason BBC have decide to play again the song: "The witch is dead". They might have realised even some of those who will attend the funeral might belong in that category.

    April 15, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Bachman has not achieved anywhere close to the fame and respect that Thatcher did during her time. Is Bachman close to running the House? Does she command authority and power when she speaks? I think not. Thatcher has a mixed record in the UK; some lover her while others dispise her. In the US, most laugh at Bachman; late night comedians like her because she makes their job easier.

    April 15, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Pam from Iowa

    Lets hope Bachmann stays there!!!

    April 15, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Dude in Colorado

    Michelle Bachman is a non-entity desperately attempting to make herself relevant.

    As for Thatcher, I firmly believe that some day, possibly in the near future, someday it will become a daily chore in the maintenance of her grave to remove empty pint milk bottles and empty wallets left as a gesture of protest upon her headstone.

    April 15, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    That's more government waste. She, and I'm sure many others, who will be going, are not high enough on the political totem pole, to justify them spending the tax dollars to attend.

    April 15, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. just sayin

    be careful over in londanistan... the place is a terrorist haven.

    April 15, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. Steve

    It might take nearly a month to get her in the ground because of all the conservative backers of Apartheid trying to get their photo op in, just like they did with St. Ronnie.

    April 15, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. AZ Girl

    Wow 1st thing out of the gate, insults about "leftists and liberals" well thise "leftiist and liberal" (akà Moderate) happens to think Ms Thatcher was one of the swiftist and brightest political minds of her time. Not just female but both sexes. I remember her and what she did for Britain and will always consider her on my personal " one of the 5 people you would want to have dinner with".

    Shame on you and your insults. Ms. Thatcher always wanted EVERY citizen and EVERY political faction to come together for the betterment of Britain as a whole. Maybe you and others like you on this blog could learn from her example.

    April 15, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. rs

    An insult to Ms. Thatcher. I would consider other metals in describing Ms. Bachmann, something much more toxic perhaps.

    April 15, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. Dan

    Knowing how light Bachman's credentials are, she will now claim this trip as international experience. Just like when Sarah Palin went on that no-interview photo op handshake tour at the UN. These looney losers are an embarrassment. Their only true claim is that they don't represent the "intellectual elite" and are more akin to Joe the plumber.

    April 15, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. California Gary

    Agree with her or not, love her or hate her, Thatcher was undeniably a "leader" on the world stage. Bachman on the other hand is undeniably a "kook" and in no way compares to Thatcher. The only thing in common between Thatcher and Bachman is that they were both born with female parts. The resemblence ends there.

    April 15, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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