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Chair of First Ladies Conference in GR Remembers Thatcher’s Strong Presence

Posted at 10:18 AM, Apr 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-08 10:18:02-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- While visiting Grand Rapids and serving as the conference chair for the “America’s First Ladies: An Enduring Legacy” luncheon and symposium, Anita McBride, who worked with former Presidents George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, got the news of Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s death at the age of 87. McBride recalls the “very strong relationship” the two leaders had with Thatcher and the march for freedom overseas. Thatcher died from a stroke, according to CNN.

“She had a presence that was definitely larger than life and when she and Ronald Reagan were together specifically, which is what I remember, the first time being in the same room as Margaret Thatcher, that these were just two incredibly strong leaders and individuals who saw eye to eye, whose fundamentals were the same and together they were a real force of nature.”