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Read the official WH statement on the passing of Margaret Thatcher

In this file picture taken on June 8, 2010 Former British Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher (L) waves as she stands with British Prime Minister, David Cameron, on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street, ahead of their meeting, in central London on 8 June 2010. Britain's former prime minister Margaret Thatcher was recovering in hospital on December 21, 2012 following an operation to remove a growth in her bladder, her spokeswoman said. The 87-year-old, Britain's only female premier, is doing 'absolutely fine' in hospital, having undergone a minor operation, the spokeswoman said. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

A carefully crafted statement, released this morning from the White House:

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.

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