Biden, Not Obama, To Attend Scalia's Funeral. Obama to pay respects when Scalia lies in repose in the Great Hall

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    Feb 17, 2016 8:00 PM GMT
    President Barack Obama will not attend Justice Antonin Scalia's funeral Saturday, the White House confirmed.

    Instead, the president will pay his respects on Friday, when Scalia's body lies in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court building. Vice President Joe Biden will attend Scalia's funeral at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the White House said Wednesday during a press briefing.

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    When pressed for clarification on Obama missing the funeral, White House press secretary Josh Earnest repeated that "the president will pay his respects at the Supreme Court on Friday and he'll be joined with the first lady when he does that."

    When asked whether Obama's Saturday plans include golfing, Earnest stressed instead that the president believes it is important to honor Scalia's life and service.

  • HottJoe

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    Feb 17, 2016 8:01 PM GMT
    I thought they were going to take him out sea and drop him in the ocean.icon_confused.gif
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    Feb 18, 2016 12:24 PM GMT
    Respecting the service and long history of being consistent with his long held beliefs, should not be a partisan cause. I did not agree with a great many of Scalia's rulings nor his reasoning, but the man was so consistent in his rulings, that you know it was his serious belief and conscience, not a political statement to make some lobbyist or chronie happy. The President is paying his respects to the man and his legacy, but some will never be happy, regardless of the actions and time given.
    RIP Justice Scalia.