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The very special relationship: The Thatcher revolution laid the foundations for the Reagan revolution in the United States

The American response to the death of Margaret Thatcher was worthy of the admiration she felt for the country whose free enterprise system, can-do attitude and staunch support for democracy — at least in the era of Ronald Reagan — she was determined that Britain would emulate. She has been revered here for many years, and her death brought an avalanche of affection and praise for her on both the Right and, much more surprisingly, the Left.

"Cheerio, Maggie — and Thanks!", "Iron Will of the Iron Lady Rescued a Britain on the Brink", "Our Fair Lady" and "Thatcher's Victories" were the headlines in the New York Post, while the Wall Street Journal had "The World-Changing Margaret Thatcher" and "The Genius of Thatcherism will Endure" as well as an editorial entitled "Not for Turning" that concluded: "She was the right woman at the right time." 

Reporting how British leftists had held "Thatcher death parties" shouting "Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, Dead, Dead, Dead!" and carrying banners saying "The Bitch is Dead", the Post described it as a "shocking torrent of disdain" in its news column. Elsewhere in the conservative press she was described in headlines as America's "Staunchest Cold War Ally".

On the left of the political spectrum, the Daily News also ran headlines such as "Cheerio, Iron Lady", "She Blazed Trail for Women Pols", "Real Toughie and Cold War Ally" and an editorial entitled "The Iron Lady's Mettle" which concluded that "she willed her beliefs into rejuvenating a country in decline" and "she made herself stateswoman for the ages". 

The far more left-wing New York Times had as its front-page headline "Iron Lady who set Britain on a New Course" and ran a huge, mostly admiring, obituary covering two entire pages. "Even some of her strongest critics accorded her a grudging respect," it conceded, and proved the point itself in an editorial admitting that she "in general managed Britain's global role better than her predecessors". The paper observed how "the passage of time has drained much of the old anger and left behind her record of accomplishments."

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