... What could the Ambassador to England [Louis Susman, appointed by Obama] have on his schedule that is more important than attending a celebration and commemoration of a US president? Isn’t this, in part, part of the job? When a foreign country goes out of its way to honor your country, doesn’t that give you a unique leverage that should be capitalized on? Doesn’t it follow that the only way to capitalize on it is to actually be there?
From all reports, Susman was not sick, stricken with illness or involved in a really intense game of Farmville. He simply didn’t show up, as the representative of the United States, to an event honoring one of the greatest presidents in US history. Susman didn’t show up to honor the long standing relationship that the US and Great Britain have; one that solidified in World War II, and was made stronger through the Cold War and its eventual end — and end that was percipitated by the man they were there to honor! (PJ Tatler)
As Don Surber points out, the Brits noticed the snub. Surber concludes:
It feels like petty partisanship because that is what it is.
Thank you England for being proud of America.
I hope that our next president will be as proud for a change.