Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s funeral is April 17, but President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden are too busy pushing gun control to attend.
A U.S. Embassy spokesman explained that Obama is unable to attend the funeral of our Britain’s Iron Lady and staunch U.S. ally during the Cold War because “this is a hugely significant week in terms of U.S. politics.”
The spokesman elaborated, saying that because the First Lady and Vice President Biden “are the president’s point people on gun control,” their attendance at Thatcher’s funeral is not possible either.
“This is a week when there is a lot of movement on Capitol Hill on gun issues,” the spokesman said.
In lieu of the President, the First Lady, the Vice President, or even a White House Envoy attending, Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) is sending “a U.S. delegation that will consist of two men who would be traveling as private citizens to the funeral already.”