I'm not sure that I understand your criticism. I think it shows how warped reality really is.
For me, I can think of a few contexts in which I might not show up. 1) I strongly disagree with their political stance, 2) I consider it a frivolous waste of taxpayer money and a distraction from real issues, 3) I'm entirely indifferent to the pomp and circumstance.
To me, it sounds like he is standing by his principles, and I don't really see a problem in that.
Obama doesn't know almost any of the people he works for, and I don't see how that is relevant.