Please tell me this isn't true. I don't know how much more of this I can take. IF this is true which TPM is reporting TPM has there ever been a time when members of the Supreme Court did not attend the State of the Union just because?
UPDATE: Many of you have answered the question of is this a unique situation to this President or if it happens regularly. Seems to happen regularly. Thanks for all the comments so far.
It appears that Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito will not be attending the SOTU.
• Alito won't be there this time around. Instead, he will be in Hawaii -- Obama's birthplace, interestingly enough. He will deliver a speech at the University of Hawaii School of Law tonight, and speak again tomorrow at the Hawaii
• Justice Clarence Thomas, whose wife Ginny is a high-ranking conservative activist, will not be attending. For his part, he has previously discussed why he has stopped coming. "I don't go because it has become so partisan and it's very uncomfortable for a judge to sit there," Thomas said in February of 2010, adding that "there's a lot that you don't hear on TV -- the catcalls, the whooping and hollering and under-the-breath comments."
• As for Antonin Scalia, he told The Hill that he has not attended any State of the Union address "in at least 10 years, and I'm not starting tomorrow night either."
I'm sad that it seems every institution whether it be The President's own party, the media, the Republican Party, Business Organizations, etc. just has not been willing to give this President the respect due the office. The last 4 years have felt like living in Wonderland where overt racism is acceptable, an RNC propaganda machine masquerading as a news organization is welcomed within the journalism community, and Wall Street (business community) is made out to be the good guys who can't catch a break.
I think when our children look back over this time in our history books (unless they are written by the same guys that are re-writing the history books over in Texas) this will not be a time that we can look back over and be proud of.