President Obama has announced that he will be telling the nation who he has picked to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. The divisive decision will certainly ruffle feathers, no matter who he appoints. Click through to watch the live stream straight from the White House, right here!
President Obama, 54, is making an incredibly important announcement today, March 16. After much thought and deliberation, he will be announcing from the White House at 11:00am ET who he has chosen to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court bench, the person who will then become the nation’s 113th justice. HollywoodLife.com has your live stream from Washington, DC! Click through to watch!
This is massive! President Obama announced on the morning of March 16 that he would be speaking from the Rose Garden at the White House about the person he chose to appoint to the Supreme Court. Whomever he chooses to join the most superior court in the country has the ability to affect the most important rulings in the United States. This decision is not something flippant, but could change the course of history. He is widely expected to nominate Judge Merrick Garland, 63, for the position, a brilliant and somewhat moderate candidate who is widely respected by democrats and republicans alike. The pick would be a smart choice; President Obama could actually get his appointment approved by Senate, rather than dragged out as republicans have threatened. President Obama released a lengthy statement about his decision to make the announcement:
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 16, 2016
Today, I will announce the person whom I believe is eminently qualified to sit on the Supreme Court.
As President, it is both my constitutional duty to nominate a Justice and one of the most important decisions that I — or any president — will make.
I’ve devoted a considerable amount of time and deliberation to this decision. I’ve consulted with legal experts and people across the political spectrum, both inside and outside government. And we’ve reached out to every member of the Senate, who each have a responsibility to do their job and take this nomination just as seriously.
This is a responsibility I do not take lightly. In considering several candidates, I held each to three principles that reflect the role the Supreme Court plays in our democracy.
First, a Justice should possess an independent mind, unimpeachable credentials, and an unquestionable mastery of law. There is no doubt this person will face complex legal questions, so it is imperative that he or she possess a rigorous intellect that will help provide clear answers.
Second, a Justice should recognize the limits of the judiciary’s role. With a commitment to impartial justice rather than any particular ideology, the next Supreme Court Justice will understand that the job is to interpret the law, not make law.
However, I know there will be cases before the Supreme Court in which the law is not clear. In those cases, a Justice’s analysis will necessarily be shaped by his or her own perspective, ethics, and judgment.
Therefore, the third quality I looked for in a judge is a keen understanding that justice is not about abstract legal theory, nor some footnote in a dusty casebook. It’s the kind of life experience earned outside the classroom and the courtroom; experience that suggests he or she views the law not only as an intellectual exercise, but also grasps the way it affects the daily reality of people’s lives in a big, complicated democracy, and in rapidly-changing times. In my view, that’s an essential element for arriving at just decisions and fair outcomes.
I’m confident you’ll share my conviction that this American is not only eminently qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice, but deserves a fair hearing, and an up-or-down vote.
In putting forward a nominee today, I am fulfilling my constitutional duty. I’m doing my job. I hope that our Senators will do their jobs, and move quickly to consider my nominee. That is what the Constitution dictates, and that’s what the American people expect and deserve from their leaders.
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