White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest claimed Thursday it would be better overall if the vice president were to attend Justice Antonin Scalia’s funeral in lieu of President Obama.
Why not both?
“As I also noted yesterday, Vice President Biden, who is somebody that had his own personal relationship with Justice Scalia and his family, will be representing the administration at the funeral,” Earnest said in reply to a reporter’s question.
“Obviously, when the vice president travels someplace his security footprint is at least a little bit lighter.”
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer was appalled by the White House’s disingenuous excuse.
“That is such obvious nonsense, that it shows they aren’t even trying,” he said on Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File” Thursday. Krauthammer continued to blast the “lame duck” president who he said, acts like a king. “He doesn’t care,” he said.
He added that it was pretty clear that Obama had no interest in “listening to speeches about how great a jurist Scalia was” given that Obama didn’t think he was.
“So he’s going to stay home, and he doesn’t care how it looks and what other people think,” Krauthammer told Fox News host Megyn Kelly.
“If there is a political reason,” he added, it was because he knew he’d be nominating someone who would be Scalia’s exact ideological opposite.
Kelly said the president had a duty to set aside partisan politics and attend, a sentiment shared by people on both sides of the aisle.
Steven Rattner, Obama’s former “car czar,” tweeted:
If we want to reduce partisanship, we can start by honoring great public servants who we disagree with https://t.co/f5FZGrMbcB
— Steven Rattner (@SteveRattner) February 17, 2016
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