After the surprise passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and as leftists on social media were having a field day tap dancing on his body, I had a conversation with a conservative friend. I noted that the left’s disgusting reaction to Scalia’s death was nearly identical to when Margaret Thatcher died. She replied “Obama won’t attend Scalia’s funeral, just like he didn’t attend Thatcher’s.” Sure enough, she was right.
The life of a Supreme Court giant comes to a shocking end, and the president can’t even be bothered to attend the funeral. Instead, the Obama’s will “pay their respects” Friday as Scalia’s body lies in repose.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest pushed back against criticism, saying:
“Vice President Biden, who is somebody that had his own personal relationship with Justice Scalia and his family, will be representing the administration at the funeral…Given his personal relationship with the family and given the president’s desire to find a respectful way to pay tribute to Justice Scalia’s service to the country, we believe we have settled on an appropriate and respectful arrangement.”
As The Daily Caller points out, President Obama attended the funerals of Senators Daniel Inouye and Robert Byrd, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Former Democratic House Speaker Tom Foley, and journalist Walter Cronkite. Obama even travelled to South Africa to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Obama gave speeches or eulogized all but one of the men.
However, when Margaret Thatcher, one of the 20th century’s most influential leaders, passed away, Obama was nowhere to be seen. Just as with Scalia, Obama didn’t attend Thatcher’s funeral.
Take note, both Margaret Thatcher and Antonin Scalia were ideological opponents of the president. Attending their funerals would serve no political purpose. Byrd, Inouye, and Foley were Democrats, so they were comrades in the trenches. Cronkite was a liberal in the extreme, so he was an ally as well. Nelson Mandela’s funeral allowed the president to speak about racism, which he loves to do. Similarly, eulogizing Rev. Pinckney, who was killed in the Charleston shooting, allowed Obama to make a series of leftist points about racism, voter ID, the Confederate flag, and gun control. Just to make sure people knew he was the real deal, he even sang a portion of Amazing Grace during the eulogy. He’s like, so Christian, you guys.
For Obama, publicly attending and speaking at funerals is only mandatory when he can use the opportunity to forward an agenda, or pay tribute to an ally on the leftist battlefield.
Stay classy, Mr. President.