By Tom Quiner
Conservatives were outraged that President Obama skipped Antonin Scalia’s funeral.
They are equally outraged that he is skipping Nancy Reagan’s funeral.
Should they be?
I think not.
There is plenty of precedent on both sides of the aisle to skip the funeral of a former First Lady. President George W. Bush skipped Lady Bird Johnson’s funeral. Democratic presidents have skipped funerals of Republican First Ladies before.
On the other hand, presidents have not skipped funerals for sitting Supreme Court justices. President Obama made a clear statement by not attending Judge Scalia’s funeral.
The man who promised to reach across the aisle in his first campaign quickly reneged on that promise. Why should an imperious, lame-duck president who loathes all things conservative put himself out to attend a funeral for anyone, whether it’s a former first lady, Supreme Court Justice, or dog catcher, if they are tainted by conservatism?
Barack Obama is all about himself. I would expect no less of him.