As I posted on Sunday, when Obama gave his brief tribute to deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia it seemed like he rehearsing mental jokes for his next Saturday Night Live performance. Now we’re seeing the lack of respect that Obama had for Justice Scalia:
President Barack Obama will not attend Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s funeral on Saturday, the White House said Wednesday. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden will attend.
Obama and first lady Michelle Obama instead will go to the Supreme Court on Friday “to pay their respects to Justice Scalia” while the justice lies in repose in the Great Hall, press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Wednesday.
The most recent member of the Supreme Court to die was Chief Justice William Rehnquist in 2005. In that instance, President George W. Bush not only attended the funeral, he also eulogized Rehnquist.
This is sort of hard to imagine, even from a petty and inconsequential little man like Obama, but there it is.