Obama Skipping Nancy Reagan's Funeral for SXSW

Michele Bachmann says it's a 'classless' move
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2016 10:01 AM CST
Obama Skipping Nancy Reagan's Funeral for SXSW
Nancy Reagan and President Obama smile at the White House in 2009.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

(Newser) – Michele Bachmann is blasting President Obama as "self-centered" and "classless" after the White House announced he would not attend Nancy Reagan's funeral on Friday. Instead, he'll attend the technology and music festival South by Southwest as a headliner and discuss civic engagement with The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith, reports Mediaite.

His appearance was scheduled before Reagan's death, reports the Hill. Michelle Obama will be at the funeral, though. She also attended Betty Ford's funeral in 2011 when the president couldn't make it. (Obama also took flak for skipping Antonin Scalia's funeral.)

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