President Barack Obama announced that three White House aides will be attending Monday’s funeral of Michael Brown, the black teen shot and killed by a Ferguson, Mo. police officer. There were no White House representatives at the funeral of U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, who was killed by an assassin in Afghanistan.
Broderick Johnson, chairman of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, will lead the delegation, according to an Associated Press report, via Fox News.
“My Brother’s Keeper is an Obama initiative that aims to empower young minorities,” the AP reported. “Johnson is also the secretary for the Cabinet.”
The remaining two White House representatives are Marlon Marshall, deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, and Heather Foster, an advisor for that office.
The president was criticized earlier this month when he failed to attend services for Gen. Greene, who was the highest ranking military officer killed in combat in more than 50 years. He chose instead to play his second round of golf in three days in Martha’s Vineyard.
Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel also failed to attend the Greene funeral.
(h/t: Weasel Zippers)