Lady Thatcher and Condoleezza Rice Honor Ronald Reagan at London Independence Day Tribute (Video)

Condoleezza Rice and Margaret Thatcher honored Ronald Reagan today at the unveiling of the Reagan Statue in London. The statue was unveiled today on Independence Day.

Former Secretary of State Rice, who represented the Reagan family, gave a wonderful speech honoring Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher at the ceremony.

The BBC reported: The former US Secretary of State emphasised President’s Reagan’s role in the ending of the Cold War and said the statue was “a commemoration of a glorious past and a call to a more glorious future”.

Lady Thatcher was too weak to attend the ceremony today but she did sent in a statement to honor her dear friend Ronald Reagan.
The AFP reported:

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher paid tribute to Ronald Reagan on Monday as a statue of the late US president was unveiled in London, even though frailty prevented her from attending.

In a statement read on her behalf during the ceremony outside the US embassy, timed to coincide with US Independence Day celebrations, Thatcher said Reagan was a “true leader for our times” as well as a personal friend.

Former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary William Hague were among the dignitaries attending the unveiling of a 10-foot (three-metre) statue of Reagan to mark 100 years since his birth.

He died in 2004 at the age of 93, having served as president from 1981 to 1989.

Thatcher, who was prime minister from 1979 to 1990, had been invited to the ceremony but was unable to attend. She has suffered a series of minor strokes and has dementia, and has not been seen in public for months.

But in a statement read out by Hague on her behalf at the embassy in Grosvenor Square, she said of her Cold War ally: “Ronald Reagan was a great president and a great man — a true leader for our times.

“He held clear principles and acted upon them with purpose. Through his strength and his conviction he brought millions of people to freedom as the Iron Curtain finally came down.

“It was a pleasure to be his colleague and his friend and I hope that this statue will be a reminder to future generations of the debt we owe him.”

Reagan oversaw the end of the nuclear stand-off between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and a piece of the Berlin Wall will be installed in front of the statue as a reminder.

Attending as a representative of Reagan’s widow Nancy, Rice paid tribute to the “special relationship” between Britain and the United States, saying it held because of a commitment to democratic values, which both Reagan and Thatcher defended.

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  • FurryGuyJeans

    Ronald Reagan may well be the pinnacle of American greatness and liberty as we continue the descent from freedom into Socialist dictatorship peonage.

  • bg


    miss you Condi!!

    God Bless & Happy 4th!!


  • Joanne

    Load of crap. Europe is not at peace – Europe is under seize by Islam. Ronald Reagan would be horrified at this, and he would be doing something about it, if he was President at this time. Reagan was a man of great wisdom and no fool – where have all the good men gone?

  • Sparky

    The US desperately needs another Reagan in 2012. I am not seeing many of his visionary and leadership qualities in any of the current Republican candidates…..unless Palin enters the race.

  • She did a nice job

    Happy Independence Day to your and yours, Jim

    (Everybody else, too)


  • Bunni

    What a beautiful Tribute to our Great President. I sure miss Mr. Reagan, and Condi, and Maggie.
    I wish we had true leaders like these fine Patriots again…..soon, hang in there!

    Happy Independence Day, Jim, to you and all your smart readers!
    God Bless America.

  • dunce

    I am sure that most of the British are aware that we likewise honor Winston Churchill and the possible Americans who do not are much rarer than black lillies.

  • Fionnagh

    Condi, that “special relationship” ended when BO shipped the bust of Churchill back to Britain.

  • MaryW

    #8 – Fionnagh, you are so right. And wasn’t that a tacky thing for the new POTUS to do? He has no shame.

  • martha

    I think the Brits and our other allies are hoping that we vote the poseur out of office next year. That said, does anyone else notice the conspicous absence of said poseur at this ceremony? I have a feeling he was not even invited.

  • burt

    Democrats treat Dr. Rice the same as they do Sarah Palin.

  • Joanne

    “Appearing at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C., Friday evening, Rice said, “Nothing in this president’s methods suggests this president is other than a defender of America’s interests.””

    Sorry, but Rice is either a moron or is with Obama.

  • L.E. Liesner

    I wonder which side of the Reagan family Rice represents, I’ll bet it wasn’t the Michael side. She is a supporter of the Obama administration, and that sure as hell doesn’t sound conservative to me. The progressive RINO’s are as much a danger to the freedom of this country as the Democrats. Lady Thatcher was to frail to attend and Rice was a very poor substitute in all aspects.

  • Sheila

    Condi Rice – the Condoleeza Rice who referred to “racism” as America’s “birth defect?” The Condoleeza Rice who called blacks a “founding population” of America? The Condoleeza Rice who termed D’Won’s speech on race (hailed by left and right liberals as visionary) as “important” and carefully “declined” to take sides in the 2008 election?

    Oh, THAT Condoleeza Rice.

  • StrangernFiction

    Attending as a representative of Reagan’s widow Nancy, Rice paid tribute to the “special relationship” between Britain and the United States, saying it held because of a commitment to democratic values, which both Reagan and Thatcher defended.

    Meh. And if you asked Condi if she thinks the DOTUS is committed to democratic values she’d say yes.

  • StrangernFiction

    The progressive RINO’s are as much a danger to the freedom of this country as the Democrats.

    They are a bigger danger.

  • Joanne

    The relationship between the U.S. and Britain has held because they are sons of the same mother and father. Just as Canada is an extension of Britain, Canada and the U.S. are brethren as well.

  • Big Dawg

    Look at Condi’s speech Barry, did all of that with just one little piece of paper in hand…..

    Mr. President grow up, become an American, love America for what she is, not what you
    want her to be……

    Long live the memory of President Reagan, America loved you and will cherish your memory….

  • Whosebone

    God Bless Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, and Margaret, there are millions of us here in the USA that apologize for this sorry excuse for a man that got elected POTUS.

    We will rectify that next year.

  • gus

    M younger brother was Dr Rice’s Chief bodyguard for 2 years, including the first 6 months of her private life.

    She is a woman of Character, Intellect, class and Patriotism. There is NO LIBTARD that can hold a candle to her.

  • big L

    I wish it were different, the reverse. I don’t wish dementia on anyone but I wish a better life for Lady Thatcher. (I wonder if the title “Lady” grated on Mrs Thatcher?)
    (condi is a butt)