Actions indicate priorities. How one prioritizes his duties offers a glimpse into how one defines the importance of these various duties.
That is why President Obama’s refusal (yes, refusal) to attend Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s funeral is absolutely disgraceful.
While simultaneously chastising Republicans for “playing politics” at this time by not mindlessly bending to his every demand and rubberstamping whatever radical jurist he throws at them for confirmation, Obama put his ruthless partisanship on full display when he conspicuously refused to go to Scalia’s funeral.
I say “refused” because it is unfathomable that the president couldn’t find the time in his schedule- the same president who has taken more vacations than any other president in history. (Technically, George W. Bush took more “vacations” which were mainly sojourns to his secure ranch in Texas where he could work. Obama, in contrast, has a habit of not calling his family outings to different locales “vacations,” but taxpayer-funded work trips… with golf and relaxation.)
The callousness of Obama’s move has even surprised some on the left.
“Some amazing advice my mom gave me once: ‘If you’re wondering whether you should go to the funeral, you should go to the funeral,” MSNBC’s Chris Hayes tweeted after it was revealed that Obama would be MIA at the funeral.
“If we want to reduce partisanship, we can start by honoring great public servants who we disagree with,” Obama’s former “car czar” Steven Rattner tweeted, including a link to an article about Obama’s disrespect.
Obama has relentlessly hammered Republicans for supposedly politicizing the death of Scalia. Still, the Obamas stopped-by the Supreme Court on Friday to offer supposed condolences and with that cursory obligation checked-off their to-do list, Obama, who was supposedly too busy to fit-in a funeral, hit the golf course this weekend.
Don’t worry; though the president was so very busy poring-over potential Supreme Court nominees this weekend, he found time on Sunday to get-in some golf before the rain forced him to quit.
If actions indicate priorities, it seems clear that golf is supremely more important than paying respects to a member of the Supreme Court who died while still serving.
At this point, any remarks Obama makes regarding the solemn duty of replacing Scalia or the supposed partisanship surrounding his replacement is null and void. It’s quite clear that this man is only willing to embrace civility when it suits him and advances his political agenda.