A ‘Supreme’ Snub… Obama Faces Backlash Over Prospect Of Missing Scalia Funeral (Video)
The White House is not confirming whether President Obama will attend the funeral Saturday for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, raising the possibility — and criticism — that he’ll skip the service.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest revealed to reporters Wednesday that the president and first lady Michelle Obama plan to pay “respects” at the Supreme Court on Friday, where Scalia will lie in repose.
But as for Saturday’s funeral, he said, “Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will attend.”
While Earnest has not said definitively what Obama’s plans are for Saturday, the expectation that the Bidens – and not the Obamas — will represent the White House at the funeral was met with bipartisan criticism.
“Refusing to attend the funeral does more than insult the memory of a life-long public servant. It is a failure to perform a basic presidential duty. Obama has shirked his responsibility to all of us,” Charles Lipson, professor of political science at the University of Chicago, said in a column for Real Clear Politics Thursday. More