Obama snubs Margaret Thatcher's funeral

On radio this morning, Pat and Stu took a break from talking about the bombings in Boston to cover another troubling story. The White House has decided they are not sending any serving member of the administration to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral tomorrow. It is important to note that this decision was made prior to the events in Boston yesterday.

Britain’s Daily Mail reported, “Friends and allies of Baroness Thatcher expressed 'surprise and disappointment' last night as it emerged President Obama is not planning to send any serving member of his administration to her funeral.”

“The White House has decided that they're not sending anybody to the funeral of Margaret Thatcher,” Pat said exasperatedly.

“Other than the vice president,” Stu interjected.

“No, not the vice president, or the secretary of state, or the undersecretary of state, or the secretary to the undersecretary,” Pat responded.

“What about the general assistant,” Stu asked.

“The assistant secretary to the general secretary to the undersecretary is also not going,” Pat explained.

“Were there no flights,” Stu questioned. “Can we check Orbitz? If we get on Orbitz I’m sure there’s a way to see if there are any flights.”

Kidding aside, it is remarkable that there will not be a single member of the current administration attending the funeral of a leader of one of our closest allies. HotAir.com reported:

Normally, [such a death] would prompt attendance by a high-level figure in the US government — if not the President or Vice-President, a high-ranking Cabinet official. For instance, why not send John Kerry, the Secretary of State tasked with maintaining good relations with close allies like the UK? Instead, the US delegation will consist of two men who would be traveling as private citizens to the funeral already, essentially giving an official policy of ignoring the event and snubbing the other world leaders attending it.

“I don't know that I've ever heard of such a thing,” Pat said.

Jeffy offered some inspired insight into why the administration couldn’t bother to send anyone. “Maybe the official delegation that went down to Hugo Chavez's funeral hasn't gotten back yet,” he said.

“There are not a lot of flights from Caracas,” Stu quipped.

The administration offered a slightly different reason for not sending an envoy, though they may have been better off blaming sequestration based on the dismal excuse they came up with.

A U.S. embassy spokesman confirmed no one would be attending Thatcher’s funeral, adding, “This is a hugely significant week in terms of US domestic politics.” He said that both the First Lady and the Vice President are “the President’s point people on gun control…This is a week when there is a lot of movement on Capitol Hill on gun control issues.”

“They're trying to push through the gun legislation so they don't want anyone to go,” Stu surmised. “This was before the bombing. So they could use the bombing as an excuse, and it would actually be legitimate to not attend. But you would still send somebody. They're not sending anyone because of the gun debate.”

While the administration will not be represented at the funeral, House Speaker John Boehner announced yesterday that he will send a delegation to represent the House of Representatives led by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). Congress makes such decisions independently of the White House, and, in addition to Blackburn, the HOR will send Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Rep. George Holding (R-NC).

“Margaret Thatcher was one of the greatest champions freedom has ever known, and her funeral gives Americans and friends around the world an opportunity to pay final respects,” Boehner said in a statement. “I’m pleased that Congressman Blackburn will lead a House delegation to Baroness Thatcher’s funeral to communicate our prayers and condolences to her family and the British people.”

Bill O'Reilly joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" on Friday for his weekly take on the 2020 presidential race.

O'Reilly emphasized what a dangerous candidate socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) really is, and how the media is working to mislead voters by depicting other Democratic candidates, such as former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, as "moderate."

"The Democratic Party has been hijacked -- and this is no breaking news -- by the progressive left. Which is now being enabled by the national media," said O'Reilly.

"Bernie Sanders is a dangerous man. In any sane time, media time, that would be clear to everybody. But it's not," he added. "It's like, 'Oh, there's uncle Bernie and he just wants to give stuff away. What a great guy.' [He's] not a great guy, all right? He's a totalitarian. He'll take your freedom, in every area, away. Every area. There isn't one area, that Bernie Sanders wouldn't intrude upon, in your personal freedom. Yet, that's not reported. You don't know it unless you pay attention. It's all a bunch of dishonest blather that has obliterated the so-called moderate Democrat. And there are millions of those people. They don't know what to do because they have no voice in the media."

Glenn pointed out that the media has been "trying to make Pete Buttigieg into a moderate" ever since his strong showing in the Iowa caucuses last week.

"So, Pete Buttigieg: Harvard grad. Rhodes Scholar. Brilliant man, he is brilliant. Great speaker. Almost as good as Beck and I. Not quite, but almost," O'Reilly said. "He's only 38, all right? So, the guy goes out and runs for president after being the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for eight years, and almost destroying that city. The city is in chaos, yet he's re-elected with 80% of the vote the second time. That's what a good BS'er Pete Buttigieg is.

The two went on to break down Buttegieg's radical policy plans on immigration, abortion, gun control, and more.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and his chief researcher, Jason Buttrill, have uncovered new evidence that suggests the coronavirus death toll numbers coming from China are grossly inaccurate.

After vetting several deep-fake videos circulating on social media, Jason unearthed shocking whistleblower-videos released by citizens of the communist state that show entire warehouses filled with body bags, along with other atrocities.

Jason and Glenn break down the real numbers and discuss the possibilities of the outbreak coming to America. Watch the video below for more details:

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Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has surged in the polls in the past month.

With former Vice President Joe Biden dropping below far-left presidential candidates such as the unapologetically socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), and the almost equally extremist Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass), Democratic voters seeking a more moderate alternative are setting their sights on Mayor Pete.

But are Buttigieg's policies actually moderate? Not even close, Glenn Beck said Thursday on the radio program.

"[Pete Buttigieg] wants people to see him as a moderate. The mayor of a Midwest city in a red state ... and he's going for the middle, even though he is not a moderate candidate in any way," said Glenn.

Here are just a few example of where Buttigieg stands on the issues:

  • Supports late-term, partial-birth abortion
  • Eliminate the Electoral College
  • Buyback program for assault weapons
  • Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour
  • Expand Medicare
  • Decriminalize illegal immigration
  • Pay for infrastructure through changing taxes on corporations, the wealthy
  • Study reparations
  • Legalize marijuana
  • Increase existing taxes on upper-income Americans
  • Cancel some student debt
  • Don't use tariffs to pressure countries
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An official at the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations' health agency, has issued a warning, calling the coronavirus "the worst enemy you can imagine" and more of a threat than "any terrorist attack," during a media briefing on Tuesday.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's director general, said that a vaccine for the coronavirus will likely take 18 months to develop. The virus has reportedly killed hundreds and infected tens of thousands of people, primarily in China.

"To be honest, a virus is more powerful in creating political, social and economic upheaval than any terrorist attack. It's the worst enemy you can imagine," added Ghebreyesus.

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck noted that the same agency in charge of developing this life-saving vaccine, has taken the time to officially change the disease's name to COVID-19, citing the concern of "stigmatizing" any specific geographical location, individual, or group of people.

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