President Obama was on the golf course this afternoon when the news broke that Justice Antonin Scalia had passed away.
He arrived at the renowned TPC Stadium Course golf course in La Quinta, California this afternoon at around noon pacific time with his three golfing partners Greg Orme, Bobby Titcomb, and Mike Ramos. The president’s golf games traditionally last 5-6 hours.
While he was on the course, the White House issued a statement from Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz.
“This afternoon the President was informed of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia,” he said. “The President and First Lady extend their deepest condolences to Justice Scalia’s family.”
Schultz didn’t say whether or not Obama interrupted his golf game after hearing the news but specified to reporters that the president would have additional reaction later in the day.
There was no movement away from the golf course, according to the White House Press traveling pool, which monitors the president’s movements.