White House: President Obama will NOT attend the funeral for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Discussion in 'The War Room' started by Arkain2K, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. Arkain2K

    Arkain2K Si vis pacem, para bellum

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2010
    Messages:
    25,773
    Likes Received:
    16,343

    [​IMG]
    Scalia's chair on the Supreme Court bench and the bench itself were draped with black wool crepe in memoriam Tuesday — a Supreme Court tradition.

    President Barack Obama will not attend Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's funeral on Saturday, the White House says.

    The president and first lady will instead pay their respects on Friday while Scalia lays in repose at the high court.

    'I can tell you that Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will attend Justice Scalia's funeral at the Basilica on Saturday,' White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

    It was not immediately clear why the president won't go to the formal funeral.

    'I don't have a sense of what the president's plans are for Saturday,' Earnest said after a reporter suggested it would be bad form for him to go golfing, a favorite weekend activity of Obama's.

    The White House official had few details on the executive branch's involvement in the funeral proceedings. He could not say whether the vice president would give a eulogy.

    When active Supreme Court Chief Justice Justice William Rehnquist passed away in 2005, then-President George W. Bush attended the ceremony and gave a tribute to the judge.



    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest:
    Obama skipping Scalia's funeral because of "security footprint"
    Josh Earnest, Obama's White House Press Secretary, said the president will spend a significant portion of his weekend reviewing individuals who 'may be worthy of consideration'.

    'I would expect the president will spend a significant portion of his weekend digging into those materials,' he added.

    Earlier today Obama and Michelle paid their respects at the Supreme Court as Justice Antonin Scalia's body lay in repose.

    The president then spoke during a Democratic Governors Association Meeting, in which he told a group of Democratic governors he will press voting rights this year.

    Earnest said on Thursday the president would be skipping Scalia's funeral on Saturday because of his 'security footprint'.


    Mourners pay their respects at Justice Antonin Scalia's funeral
    Justice Scalia spent more than three decades as one of the Supreme Court's most influential members.
    [​IMG]
    Justice Antonin Scalia's funeral was today at 11 a.m. Eastern at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The Basilica, one of the largest and most beautiful Catholic churches in the country, was also the location of the Pope Francis's mass when he visited in September. Scalia's funeral is open to family and friends and thousands are expected to be attending. If you missed the funeral, you can watch it on C-SPAN. A private burial will take place after the mass.

    [​IMG]
    U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and his wife Jane Roberts and daughter Josie Roberts.


    [​IMG]
    U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor.


    [​IMG]
    U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife Virginia Thomas.


    [​IMG]
    U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan.


    [​IMG]
    U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito.


    [​IMG]
    U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and his wife Joanna Hare.


    [​IMG]
    U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy and his wife Mary Davis.


    [​IMG]
    U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
    Ginsburg and Scalia were the best of friends and have deep respects for each other, despite their opposite ideologies.


    [​IMG]
    Former U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens.


    [​IMG]
    The casket of of US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is carried into the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.


    [​IMG]
    The widow Maureen McCarthy Scalia walks behind the casket of Justice Antonin Scalia.



    [​IMG]
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, center, and Justice Samuel A. Alito, left, at the funeral mass for the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.


    [​IMG]
    The funeral mass for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.



    [​IMG]
    Reverend Paul Scalia, son of Justice Antonin Scalia, leads the funeral Mass.


    [​IMG]

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas delivers a reading from the Bible during the funeral mass for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.


    [​IMG]
    Attendees watch during the funeral Mass for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception February 20, 2016 in Washington, D.C.


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2016
  2. PRIDEWASBETTER

    PRIDEWASBETTER Whatever it takes Staff Member Senior Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2010
    Messages:
    26,121
    Likes Received:
    14,953
    Location:
    United States of America
    Not a fan of this move, to be honest.
     
  3. Cuzcatlan

    Cuzcatlan Bénir Henry

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2012
    Messages:
    5,278
    Likes Received:
    5,004
    Don't care what the politics are. If you are a sitting president and a supreme Court Justice dies, you attend. Same goes for Senators and Governors(regardless of state size and importance).
     
  4. John Wayne's Teeth

    John Wayne's Teeth Green Gucci Suit Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2013
    Messages:
    23,600
    Likes Received:
    22,874
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    meh. I would do the same. Im petty like that.
     
    LuchaBear likes this.
  5. MicroBrew

    MicroBrew Steel Belt

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2007
    Messages:
    30,523
    Likes Received:
    20,080
    Rightwing comments sections are going nuts.

    Obama and Michelle will pay their respects to the body lying in repose at the Supreme Court. He did order flags be flown at hald mast at government buildings here and some US properties abroad.
     
  6. Rex Kwon Do

    Rex Kwon Do ál-ḥámdúlílláh

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2005
    Messages:
    14,127
    Likes Received:
    121,684
    Location:
    Tíshník
    Despicable. This guy has no class. Sitting POTUS should always attend the funeral of a Justice.
     
    Arkain2K likes this.
  7. exHeavyHippie

    exHeavyHippie Black Belt

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2009
    Messages:
    7,090
    Likes Received:
    777
    Location:
    Richmond Virginia
    Someone takes the "VP is for funerals" thing a bit too serious. Man up, cancel your plans and attend the funeral.
     
  8. second sight

    second sight Reversing Submissions from Father Time

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2014
    Messages:
    10,187
    Likes Received:
    6,018
    so no autopsy...at all?
    WTF?
     
    Deleted member 491001 likes this.
  9. JohnnySagebrush

    JohnnySagebrush Purple Belt

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2014
    Messages:
    1,851
    Likes Received:
    2,520
    Seems like a breach of etiquette but who cares, why pretend they were close?
     
    LionExMachina, hitcher and LuchaBear like this.
  10. Handsomebwonderfull

    Handsomebwonderfull Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2016
    Messages:
    2,635
    Likes Received:
    1,321
    What'd you expect? He's paying his respect. We don't know why he's not showing up to the funeral.

    Maybe the family asked him not to come, maybe he didn't want it to be a circus show, maybe he will show up but they are covering for it for security reasons, maybe death threats from gun nuts?

    We literally have no idea right now.

    But he is paying respect and everyone needs to shut the f*ck up.
     
    japman40 likes this.
  11. Sometimes I think he does this when he doesn't like someone. He sent Biden to Ariel Sharons funeral and everyone knew to view that as an insult. In this case Scalia isnt half way across the world so I am not a fan of this unless their is some dying world pressing event that must be attended.

    I recall another time they sent Biden somewhere for a funeral.
     
    Arkain2K and PolishHeadlock like this.
  12. Throttlehead

    Throttlehead Red Belt

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2005
    Messages:
    7,967
    Likes Received:
    4,795
    Location:
    Victoria
    Yeah they did one, the 80 year old is still dead.
     
  13. MicroBrew

    MicroBrew Steel Belt

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2007
    Messages:
    30,523
    Likes Received:
    20,080
    " Presidents don’t always attend a Supreme Court Justice’s funeral. According to NBC News, only three out of the past seven Supreme Court justice funerals were attended by the President. When Bill Clinton was President, he attended two Supreme Court Justice funerals, but did not attend three others. He was present at former Chief Justice Warren E. Burger’s and Justice William Brennan’s funerals. He did not attend Justices Harry Blackmun or Lewis F. Powell Jr.’s funerals, or Justice Thurgood Marshall’s. Former Vice President Al Gore did attend Marshall’s funeral. Former President George W. Bush did not attend Justice Byron White’s funeral.

    However, attending a sitting Justice’s funeral is viewed by some as being completely different in significance. According to Townhall, this may be the first time in the last 65 years that a current president skipped the funeral of a sitting Justice, although early records are not completely clear. Scalia is the only justice to have died in office since Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who passed away in 2005. Bush attended Rehnquist’s funeral and said the eulogy. When Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson died in 1953, Dwight D. Eisenhower was photographed at his funeral. "

    http://heavy.com/news/2016/02/why-i...court-justice-funeral-history-bush-rehnquist/

    Probably should have but maybee he has a very good reason.
     
    Lanshire, M3t4tr0n, Arkain2K and 3 others like this.
  14. Diamond Jim

    Diamond Jim Silver Belt

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2011
    Messages:
    11,466
    Likes Received:
    16,127
    Location:
    Austin, Tx
    And cancel seeing Beyoncé in concert? I don't think so.




    I'm joking. I could care less. And you know who else doesn't care? Scalia, because he be dead.
     
    M3t4tr0n and Mike like this.
  15. Anung Un Rama

    Anung Un Rama Idol of Millions Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2009
    Messages:
    66,685
    Likes Received:
    59,709
    Location:
    177A Bleeker St
    Seems petty and beneath the office not to attend.

    Besides Bush/Renquist, what is the historical significance?


    Edit: microbrew answered
     
    Arkain2K likes this.
  16. second sight

    second sight Reversing Submissions from Father Time

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2014
    Messages:
    10,187
    Likes Received:
    6,018
    let the dead, bury the dead, obama you should be there
     
  17. ILLogic

    ILLogic Brown Belt

    Joined:
    May 7, 2007
    Messages:
    4,615
    Likes Received:
    5,471
    Location:
    Florida is as Florida does
    President Trump will not attend Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's funeral on Saturday stating, "Good riddance. She was a complete disaster. I will replace that loser with the greatest justice this country has ever seen." Conservatards applaud the president for holding true to his pledge to not be influenced by PC culture, and "tell it like it is".
     
  18. ThinkGreen

    ThinkGreen Der Übermensch

    Joined:
    May 1, 2007
    Messages:
    13,364
    Likes Received:
    3,078
    Location:
    San Diego
    Don't think this matters at all. Right wingers sound like the PC crowd complaining about shit that doesn't matter. Dead people don't care what happens once they die....because they are dead.
     
    GSP in 2006 and Mike like this.
  19. NelmarksGhost

    NelmarksGhost Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2012
    Messages:
    4,151
    Likes Received:
    2,205
    I get this uneasy feeling that there's some big reason why he won't be there, and none of us will like it when we find out.
    My sense is this has to do with US Chinese relations.
     
  20. second sight

    second sight Reversing Submissions from Father Time

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2014
    Messages:
    10,187
    Likes Received:
    6,018
    respect liberals can't relate
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.