Obama does not give a fuck anymore, according to a White House briefing, and certainly doesn’t care about Nancy Reagan’s funeral. Instead, NBC News reports, he’ll be headed to Texas for the annual horror-confluence of indie music and startup culture known as SXSW.
I cannot think of anything more insulting than someone skipping my funeral to go to SXSW. I don’t expect anyone to attend my funeral, but I would hope for a better excuse than “I’m spending a week or so in Austin, gonna eat some BBQ, maybe check out the Foursquare Party Tent.” And yet that’s Obama’s plan as Nancy Reagan is sent into the great beyond—and really, what does that say about Nancy Reagan?
Having attended, I can say with complete certainty that I would rather go to a generic funeral than make a third trip to SXSW, but would I rather go to this specific funeral, for the astrology-obsessed wife of a historically bad president? Hard to say—I would probably choose neither and just stay home under the covers.
But Barack Obama isn’t worried about appearances. Obama will skip the funeral of someone who faithfully nursed and counseled a guy he probably despised, and yes he will let it be known to the world that he’ll be partying with Shingy instead.
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