Statement of James A. Baker, III, on the passing of Margaret Thatcher
HOUSTON – (April 8, 2013) – The following is a statement by James A. Baker, III, on the passing of Margaret Thatcher:
“The United Kingdom lost a strong leader, the United States lost a great friend and the world lost a powerful voice today with the passing of Margaret Thatcher. Mikhail Gorbachev rightly called her the ‘Iron Lady,’ and she was that, correcting her country’s labor woes and implementing a resolute vision that helped lead to the peaceful end of the Cold War. She could charm and persuade her adversaries whenever possible, but also knew how to cower them when needed. Margaret Thatcher was an extraordinary leader who led by example, a strong prime minister who was superb in dealing with the intersection of politics and public policy.”
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