Humiliating day for Palin as Lady T refuses meeting
Palin is nuts, says a Thatcher aide, and why is she getting VIP treatment, asks congressman
It will doubtless be water off a duck's back, but Sarah Palin did not have a brilliant 24 hours yesterday. First, an aide to Lady Thatcher made it clear that Palin would not be welcome at her London home because she's "nuts" (Palin that is, not Lady T). Second, a US congressman demanded to know why Palin was accorded VIP treatment during last week's bus tour of historical sights when she is, basically, a nobody.
First, the Lady T disappointment... Palin had told a reporter from the Times that she hoped to visit London next month en route to Sudan and wanted to meet Thatcher "as I so admire her".
But an aide to the former Conservative prime minister told the Guardian: "Lady Thatcher will not be seeing Sarah Palin. That would be belittling for Margaret. Sarah Palin is nuts."
Thatcher will have time, however, for her old friend Ronald Reagan. In what is the centenary year of the late president's birth, a statue is to be unveiled outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square on July 4 - Independence day - and Thatcher fully intends to be there. "That is her level," the aide told the Guardian.
If that wasn't humiliating enough, back in Washington a Democratic congressman from Oregon, Earl Blumenauer, demanded to know why Palin and her family had apparently received VIP treatment during their 'One Nation' bus tour of historic sites on the East Coast.
Palin is not a declared candidate in next year's White House race, nor is she any longer the governor of Alaska - so why is she granted any privileges not given to ordinary American families?
The bus trip had been billed by Palin as nothing more than a family vacation complete with kids and grandparents, according to the Washington Post. Yet the tour required planning and preparation by the historic sites that received her.
The Palins got a 10-person escort of national parks employees and New York City cops at the Statue of Liberty. Among other special treats, they received a private guided tour of Mount Vernon and were allowed early admission into the National Archives.
Congressman Blumenauer wants to see all accounts for any federal resources that might have been "made available to an extent beyond that which an average American family would receive". ·
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