The President has decided to skip the funeral of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. It is not clear right now what he will be doing instead.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will visit the Supreme Court Friday to pay their respects as Justice Antonin Scalia lies in repose but won’t attend Scalia’s funeral. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday that Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden will attend the funeral on Saturday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.
Scalia died on Saturday at age 79. He joined the court in 1986 and was its longest-serving justice. Former Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who died in 2005, was the last member of the high court to lie in repose. Obama has said he will nominate a replacement for Scalia with “plenty of time” for the Senate to act.
Attending the funeral seems like it would be a no-brainer, if for no other reason than showing respect for the title of Supreme Court Justice.
Maybe Obama has a golf outing that he just can’t miss. What do you think?