- Top federal judge uses pizza to explain complex Obamacare situation
- Obama, Biden overhaul job training programs
- Drought-plagued Californians turn to paint to keep lawns green
- ISIL now forcing Iraqi shopkeepers to veil mannequins in Mosul
- 11 parents of Nigeria’s abducted girls die
- Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia
- Turkish P.M. Erdogan won’t speak to Obama, but he’ll take calls from Biden
- Israel’s ambassador praises Obama, slams Human Rights Watch report
- Md. parents accused of locking up autistic twin sons
- Dancing Kim Jong-un video sparks North Korea fury
Margaret Thatcher a ‘fiercely loyal’ and tough ally of the U.S.
Question of the Day
But despite — or possibly because of — those disagreements, their partnership was robust, Mr. Aldous said.
Ted R. Bromund, a senior fellow at the center, said Mrs. Thatcher, more so than other world leaders, struck a chord with Americans because she was an enthusiastic supporter.
“She said she liked Americans and the United States, and she said so repeatedly, publicly, in all sorts of different contexts,” he said. “I really have a difficult time thinking of other world leaders — even ones who were well-inclined to the United States — who were so open about their admiration and respect for the United States.”
Americans repaid her with affection. She has won accolades from Congress, earned Hollywood treatment in a 2011 film that won actress Meryl Streep an Oscar for her portrayal of the prime minister, and became a standard for American female politicians.
The adoration was not matched in her home country.
“Margaret Thatcher was a very divisive figure in the U.K., but not so across the Atlantic, where her popularity has endured decades after she left office,” the BBC said in a story Monday after her death, posing the question of why that was.
Analysts said one reason is that Americans were never immersed in her domestic fights such as the poll tax — a controversy that spawned riots in 1990 and helped end her tenure.
Instead, Mr. Bromund said, Americans saw the broad outlines of a woman who took charge.
“Americans, particularly in the early ’80s, saw someone who was leading a country that had economic problems like the U.S. and was willing to make tough decisions,” he said.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Stephen Dinan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Lois Lerner emails reveal gaping open-records loophole
- Two-thirds of illegal immigrant children approved for asylum: report
- Top Justice official denies conspiring with IRS on tea party targeting
- Boehner: No bill on border surge
- Taking Obama to court a long shot but lawsuit not folly, Congress is told
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
U.S. appetite for drugs begets violence migrants are fleeing
- Obamacare dealt massive setback by federal appeals court
- IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 computer hard drives
- Rep. Jared Polis' anti-fracking crusade riles Colorado
- Jewish woman booted from JetBlue flight over fight with Palestinian
- Hamas terrorists wear Israeli army uniforms to ambush soldiers in Gaza
- LYONS: Small-arms treaty, big Second Amendment threat
- YOUNG: A sinking presidency, deeper after November?
- Obama family set to buy $4.25M desert home in California: report
- PRUDEN: A deadly enemy within exacerbating immigration crisis
- MERRY: Handicaps in Hillary's way
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq