President Barack Obama has arrived at the Supreme Court to pay his respects to the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walked to the casket and stood silently for less than a minute. They both have bowed their heads and closed their eyes.

They then walked over to the portrait of Scalia and observed it for another minute or two, chatting quietly.

Obama is not attending Scalia's funeral Mass on Saturday, despite some criticism from Republicans. Vice President Joe Biden will attend. The White House says the decision is a ``respectful arrangement'' given the president's large security detail and Biden's personal relationship with Scalia's family. (Associated Press)

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