President Obama will send three White House officials Monday to attend the funeral of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot by police earlier this month.
The White House announced that secretary of the cabinet and My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Chairman, Broderick Johnson, will travel to Ferguson, Mo., for the funeral, according to the Associated Press.
In addition, the deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Marlon Marshall, and an adviser for the office, Heather Foster will also attend.
The White House has been selective in sending representatives to funerals — recall that only a low-level delegation was sent to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s service last year. More recently, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden skipped the funeral of Major General Harold Greene, the 2-star general killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 5.
The move didn’t go unnoticed by Twitter users:
WH mostly blew major general’s funeral off, but THREE WH officials to attend Michael Brown’s funeral http://t.co/HXKU2cLHjj
— GretchenInOK (@GretchenInOK) August 24, 2014
So far FIVE people from WH attending Michael Brown funeral … but MILITARY priorities are always MINIMIZED! NONE for GENERAL GREENE! Wow! — Obamalamadingdong (@SassyPantsjj) August 24, 2014
WWhhhyyyyyy are White House officials attending Michael Brown’s funeral. HE ATTACKED A COP
— Forge (@Forgewielder) August 24, 2014
This tweet sums it up:
— JohnDewey (@JohnDewey) August 24, 2014
This article was updated to clarify that President Obama and Vice President Biden did not attend Gen. Greene’s funeral. Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel was in attendance.
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