Here’s why I’m asking…
SecDef Chuck Hagel attended the funeral of the highest ranking active member of the military to be killed since 1970, Maj. Gen. Harold Greene. In 2012, nobody from the White House attended the San Francisco memorial service for Chris Stevens, who was the first U.S. ambassador in 30 years assassinated on the job.
To repeat: As far as I can tell, nobody from the White House — as in “a direct representative of the president who works at the White House” — attended either of those funerals.
Three White House officials will attend Michael Brown’s funeral Monday on behalf of the Obama administration, a White House official told NBC News.
Assistant to the President and White House Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Marlon Marshall and Heather Foster, an advisor to the public engagement office will be at the ceremony for the unarmed teenager who was shot dead by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer on Aug. 9, sparking days of unrest in the St. Louis suburb.
Brown’s funeral will be at 10 a.m. local time at Friendly Temple Missionary Church in St. Louis.