Update Feb. 17: We have updated this post from June 2015 with the announcement that President Obama would not be attending the funeral of Justice Antonin Scalia. He will visit the Supreme Court on Friday to pay his respects to Scalia.
In June, President Obama and Vice President Biden both attended the funeral service of South Carolina state Sen. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston. It was the second time that month that the two men attended a funeral in the wake of a tragedy; the first was the service for Biden's son Beau.
How and when the president attends a funeral comes down to a number of factors: The person's importance to the country, the president's schedule and the significance of the event itself. Obama has frequently been criticized for the funerals he has missed, most notably including that of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
Using reports from the White House calendar and contemporaneous news stories, we put together this partial list of who the administration sent to various memorial services. They're arranged in reverse chronological order.
If we're missing an attendee or a service, please note it in the comments and we'll update it.
|Antonin Scalia||Feb. 20, 2016|
|Kim Young-sam, president of South Korea||Nov. 26, 2015|
|Louis Stokes, member of the House||Aug. 25, 2015|
|Clementa Pinckney, state senator||Jun. 26, 2015|
|Beau Biden||Jun. 6, 2015|
|Freddie Gray, died in police custody||Apr. 27, 2015|
|Lee Kuan Yew, prime minister of Singapore||Mar. 25, 2015|
|Richard von Weizsäcker, president of Germany||Feb. 11, 2015|
|Rafael Ramos, NYC police officer||Dec. 27, 2014|
|Michael Chilufya Sata, president of Zambia||Nov. 10, 2014|
|Michael Brown, shot by police||Aug. 24, 2014|
|Eduard Shevardnadze, president of Georgia||Jul. 11, 2014|
|Maya Angelou, poet and author||Jun. 7, 2014|
|Maj. Gen. Harold Greene||Apr. 14, 2014|
|Adolfo Suarez Gonzalez, president of Spain||Mar. 31, 2014|
|Ariel Sharon, prime minister of Israel||Jan. 13, 2014|
|Nelson Mandela||Dec. 10, 2013|
|Tom Foley, former Speaker||Oct. 29, 2013|
|Margaret Thatcher||Apr. 17, 2013|
|Chris Kyle, sniper||Feb. 11, 2013|
|Daniel Inouye, senator||Dec. 21, 2012|
|John Evans Atta Mills, president of Ghana||Aug. 10, 2012|
|Sargent Shriver, first director of the Peace Corps||Jan. 22, 2011|
|Robert Byrd, senator||Jul. 2, 2010|
|Dorothy Height, civil rights icon||Apr. 29, 2010|
|Walter Cronkite, broadcaster||Sep. 9, 2009|
|Ted Kennedy, senator||Aug. 29, 2009|