US President Barack Obama on Monday said the
country had "lost a true friend" with the death of former British
prime minister Margaret Thatcher, whom he called a great champion of
"freedom and liberty" and an example to women around the world.
"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," Obama said.
He cited her humble beginnings as a grocer's daughter. "She stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can't be shattered."
Obama said: "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."
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