President Barack Obama has directed three of his White House staff to represent his administration at the funeral service for Michael Brown, who was shot to death by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer on August 9, according to Sunday's news media accounts of the tragedy that became a politicized circus of sorts.
The White House press officer reported Sunday that the chairman of Obama's "My Brother’s Keeper Task Force," Broderick Johnson, an African American, is the top official being sent to represent the Obama White House and the highly-anticipated funeral, according Inside the Beltway news outlets.
Also traveling to Ferguson representing the White House are Marlon Marshall. the deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and an adviser for Marshall's office, Heather Foster, will also attend. Marshall and Foster are both black.
Fresh from his disappointing New York City protest rally on Saturday, the Rev. Al Sharpton, who Politico "outed" as Obama’s informant during the days of unrest in Ferguson, is being billed as the "civil rights leader" who will eulogize the 18-year-old Brown during the funeral service scheduled to be held at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis.
Last Wednesday, President Obama sent Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson where he began to take sides, according to critics, when he met with Brown’s parents among others in an effort to reassure the community of a “fair and independent” investigation. But while in Ferguson, instead of attempting to calm things down after nights of rioting and looting, Holder spoke of his own past when believes he was allegedly harassed by police officers because he was black.
"The man basically poured gasoline on the fire by complaining about being racially profiled, which had absolutely nothing to do with what occurred in Ferguson between Officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown. But the news media swooned over his appearance in Ferguson and his tales of racist cops since most of them share a common ideology with the divisive attorney general," said former police detective Conrad Washington, who is also a black civil rights activist.
While most Americans expect Obama or his representatives to attend such a high-profile, newsworthy funeral, several critics have pointed out that no one from the Obama White House attended the funeral of slain Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega, who was killed -- five days prior to Brown -- by criminal aliens attempting to rob him and his family.
As far as high-profile funerals, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden failed to even acknowledge the funeral of Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, the U.S. Army general killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 5, 2014.