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Margaret Thatcher, Sixteen Years Ago–Or Was it Seventeen?–this Spring

Under deadline pressure today, I’ve lacked the time to write about Margaret Thatcher.  But when I got home this evening, I found that my wife had riffled through a few shoeboxes of old photographs, finding these, taken when Baroness Thatcher visited the Hoover Institution.  We can’t place the date, exactly, but in two months the little girl with the bow in her hair will graduate from college.  Since they demonstrate that she enjoyed talking to children, I realize, these pictures in their own small way add to our knowledge of someone who now belongs to history, proving that the Iron Lady iron.  Requiescat in pace.

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  1. Miffed White Male

    Nice looking family, but who’s the guy with the glasses?  Looks like he might be a much, much, much, much younger relative of Peter…

     

     

  2. Spin

    Those are great photos.  And what a wonderful head of hair.

  3. Crow

    You wonder whether your children will remember something like this…..

    Great photos, Peter, thanks for sharing.

  4. Larry Koler

    Thanks for sharing these, Peter. You have been truly blessed in your life. You must look back with some awe and wonder that God has seen fit to make a place for you in this world of politics and during the most crucial time in our recent history.

    Margaret Thatcher was a titan with grit and resolve and good decent values. She is one for the ages now. It is really only Churchill with whom she can be compared in British history of the last century. 

    These particular pictures are hauntingly out of step with her more famous pictures with so many great leaders. A mother like Mrs. Thatcher can’t help but admire your family and perhaps reflect on how much her own children’s lives were affected by her duties in the public sphere. 

    Good women are so definitely needed in politics but on the personal level they pay a tremendous price. The gamut of emotions and trials is greater for women — there can be no doubt. Looked at in this way, I feel even more keenly unbounded admiration and gratitude for her life on the international stage.

  5. Miffed White Male

    Wait a minute.  You had pictures of your entire family with Margaret Thatcher, and you had to DIG THROUGH A SHOEBOX to find them?!

    In my house, they’d be blown up to the maximum possible size, framed and hung on a wall with a spotlight and a red velvet rope in front of them …

  6. Cornelius Julius Sebastian

    Absolutely lovely, thank you for sharing this with us. 

  7. Leslie Watkins

    Same here, MWM. But doesn’t it say great things about Peter and his wife that she did!

    Miffed White Male: Wait a minute.  You had pictures of your entire family with Margaret Thatcher, and you had to DIG THROUGH A SHOEBOX to find them?!

    In my house, they’d be blown up to the maximum possible size, framed and hung on a wall with a spotlight and a red velvet rope in front of them … · 2 hours ago

  8. DJ EJ

    That first one’s a photo I’d have framed and on the mantle for a lifetime. These days the equivalent would be to make it your Facebook profile picture, I suppose. Margaret Thatcher, R.I.P.

  9. Benjamin Glaser

    You have the best job ever Peter. 

  10. Don Tillman

    Oh my goodness, those are great photos!  Thanks for sharing them with us.

  11. Tim H.

    Oh, how fortunate y’all were!  I agree with everybody else here.  I’d frame them and start using the first for my Facebook profile picture.  Great photos.

  12. FeliciaB

    Oh Peter, what a great glimpse into a real human being. Thank you for personalizing her.

  13. FeliciaB

    Oh, and I officially want to meet Mrs. Robinson, your bride, not the subject of the song.

  14. Sheila

    Wow, what treasures!

  15. Brian Watt

    Wonderful! Absolutely wonderful!

  16. Blue Yeti
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    Greatest. Nanny. Ever.

  17. Scott R

    A perfect picture.

  18. Peter Robinson
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    Miffed White Male: Wait a minute.  You had pictures of your entire family with Margaret Thatcher, and you had to DIG THROUGH A SHOEBOX to find them?!

    In my house, they’d be blown up to the maximum possible size, framed and hung on a wall with a spotlight and a red velvet rope in front of them … · 13 hours ago

     Silly us, but we really did put the photos in a shoebox.  

    Enlarge them?  If we can find the negatives–and at the moment, neither of us can begin to recall where they are–we’ll do just that.

  19. Gloating

    I’d like to see what else you have in that shoebox Peter. Maybe a picture a week???

  20. Red Feline

    Wonderful photographs of the softer side of Baroness Thatcher.

    She was the Scourge of the Socialists, and so many people are undyingly grateful to her for what she did to rout the Socialists and save Britain from the fate worse than death that was threatening.