W.H. Says Obama Won’t Attend Scalia Funeral, Doesn’t Rule out He’ll Golf Instead

‘The president gave some pretty thoughtful words and discussing Justice Scalia’s service not just Saturday night, but also yesterday in his news conference’

REPORTER: “The president has said that he is not always as sensitive as he should be on optics — can you rule out him going golfing on Saturday instead of the funeral?”
EARNEST: “I don’t have a sense of what the president’s plans are for Saturday. The president obviously believes it is important for the institution of the presidency to pay his respects to somebody dedicated three decades of his life to the institution of the Supreme Court. The president gave some pretty thoughtful words in discussing Justice Scalia’s service not just Saturday night, but also yesterday in his news conference. Friday will be an important opportunity for the president and First Lady to pay their respects to Justice Scalia. I think that is important not just on a personal level, but also on an institutional level. It is an opportunity not just for this president to pay his personal respects to this individual who served for three decades on the Supreme Court, but also an opportunity for the individual who is serving as the president of the United States to offer respects to someone who served in third branch of a government. And it will be an important moment we’ll have some more details for you about the president’s plans for both Friday and Saturday.”

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