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Conservatives Complain That Obama Paid Tribute To Mandela, But Snubbed Thatcher

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Why, they ask, didn't Margaret Thatcher get the same treatment when she died earlier this year?

Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) said his wife wondered just that this past weekend.

"We finished family Sunday dinner this evening and my wife Angela asked me a question I had to ponder," West wrote on his blog. "She asked, 'Did we make this big a deal over the passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as we are for South African President Nelson Mandela?'"

That prompted the ex-tea party congressman to browse the Internet, where he discovered that President Obama's snub of the Iron Lady was two-fold: the flags weren't lowered to honor Thatcher and the President didn't attend her funeral.

The Daily Caller's Neil Munro, best-known for shouting at Obama during an announcement in the Rose Garden last summer, also offered a critical take on the President's decision to attend Mandela's memorial service but skip Thatcher's funeral.

Over at Breitbart, Ben Shapiro noted the difference in Obama's reactions with a short post under the headline, "AFTER SNUBBING THATCHER FUNERAL, OBAMA AND MICHELLE TO VISIT SOUTH AFRICA FOR MANDELA."

Right-wing shock jock Tammy Bruce applauded Shapiro for his "[e]xcellent reminder."

"I do understand the travel to attend [Mandela's] funeral, but by attending that one and snubbing Thatcher we get another understanding that both Obamas are jerks," Bruce wrote on her blog.

Obama issued a statement following Thatcher's death in April, saying America had "lost a true friend."