Is this out of character for Obama? Or did you see this one coming? Just as he snubbed Justice Scalia’s funeral, he will now snub Nancy Reagan’s.
A White House official confirmed this afternoon that President Barack Obama will not be in attendance at former First Lady Nancy Reagan’s funeral on Friday, instead opting to speak at a popular film and music festival in Texas.
Obama will be represented at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library by his wife, Michelle. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she will be attending the service in Simi Valley, California, as well.
In late February, Obama drew widespread criticism after skipping the funeral for conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
The president is scheduled to deliver a keynote address on Friday at the South By Southwest festival in Austin. The annual event features movie screenings, musical performances and conferences on interactive media and technology, and has become known as a must-attend date for those in the tech world and Silicon Valley.
The news comes just days after the Obamas recalled how Mrs Reagan had been wonderful and gracious to them when they moved into the White House.
President Obama said she ‘had redefined the role’ of First Lady.’
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