Many were angry at President Obama for choosing not to attend the funeral of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. With the funeral essentially only hours behind him, Obama added insult to injury Monday when he made a joke about Scalia’s death.
Obama made his crack during his National Governors Association speech at the White House on Monday, February 22, one day after Justice Scalia’s funeral. Obama addressed the audience, noting the various jobs each had to do in the coming year and, to the delight of several members of the audience, slipped in a crack about how he now has a judge to appoint
“Some of you may be in the final year of your term, working as hard as you can to get as much done as possible for the folks you represent, fixing roads, educating our children, helping people retrain, appointing judges, the usual stuff,” Obama joked with a sly grin.
MadWorldNews called Obama’s comment a “disgrace” and insisted “Obama’s disrespect knows no bounds.”
This was not the first time that President Obama seemed to disrespect Scalia as millions of Americans mourned the judge’s passing.
President Obama raised eyebrows by skipping the Justice’s funeral. Beyond the politics of the matter, Neil Mattera, president of the New York-based Italian-American Columbus Alliance, said Obama’s “absence at Justice Scalia’s funeral is a slight to the Italian-American community.”
“Historic firsts are important,” Italian-American Chazz Palminteri added. “Justice Scalia was the first Italian-American on the Supreme Court. It would have been nice if the President of the United States would have recognized its importance to the community.”
To make matters worse, instead of attending the funeral of a sitting Supreme Court Justice, Obama outraged many by going golfing.
But Mother Nature intervened to cut Obama’s leisure plans short, according to CBS reporter Mark Knoller.
Rain cuts short President’s round of golf at @AndrewsAirForce.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) February 21, 2016
The President was on the receiving end of much criticism for skipping the conservative jurist’s final memorial. Fox News hosts Judge Jeanine Pirro and Andrea Tantaros slammed Obama for his actions.
Additionally, Fox commentator Charles Krauthammer called all the reasons offered by the White House for skipping the funeral “obvious nonsense.”
At one point during the weekend, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump even joked that maybe Obama would have attended the funeral it if were “held in a mosque.”
In the end, President Obama became the first sitting president in U.S. history to refuse to attend the funeral of a sitting Supreme Court Justice.