Monday, on her Facebook page, Sarah Palin posted a tribute to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher following news that the “Iron Lady” died earlier on April 8. For Palin supporters, her tribute stands out as a testament from one political “Iron Lady” to another. Palin mourned the loss of an “icon.”
Palin acknowledged Thatcher’s “iron will” not once but twice, writing: “We’re deeply saddened at the loss of Margaret Thatcher. While the Iron Lady is sadly gone, her iron will, her unfailing trust in what is right and just, and her lessons to all of us will live on forever. She was a trailblazer like no other. We lost an icon, but her legacy, as solid as iron, will live on in perpetuity.”
Although Fox News reported this morning, “Even detractors admired her [Thatcher’s] courage,” vile tweets were quickly noted by conservatives who were aghast that ghoulish detractors were tweeting under uncomplimentary hashtags referencing the “dead witch.” Amid escalating social engine outrage, many Palin supporters were awaiting Palin’s carefully crafted memorial to Lady Thatcher.
Admirers of Thatcher and Palin seem to have a common denominator, they admire strength. However, detractors were quick to comment regarding Palin’s post that they considered Thatcher’s “iron will,” to be nothing but “silly putty.”
Palin’s tribute followed the official White House statement regarding the death of Lady Thatcher. It was publicly applauded by conservatives and an earlier report included the information that “one Twitter poster had called it the single, best statement President Obama had ever made.” According to Twitter, the part of the official tribute which captured the hearts of conservatives was: “The world has lost one of the great champions of freedom & liberty.”
The official White House statement follows in its entirety:
With the passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend. As a grocer’s daughter who rose to become Britain’s first female prime minister, she stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can’t be shattered. As prime minister, she helped restore the confidence and pride that has always been the hallmark of Britain at its best. And as an unapologetic supporter of our transatlantic alliance, she knew that with strength and resolve we could win the Cold War and extend freedom’s promise.
Here in America, many of us will never forget her standing shoulder to shoulder with President Reagan, reminding the world that we are not simply carried along by the currents of history—we can shape them with moral conviction, unyielding courage and iron will. Michelle and I send our thoughts to the Thatcher family and all the British people as we carry on the work to which she dedicated her life—free peoples standing together, determined to write our own destiny.