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Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland receives applauds from President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as he is introduced as Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court during an announcement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 16 2016. Garland, 63, is the chief judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a court whose influence over federal policy and national security matters has made it a proving ground for potential Supreme Court justices.

Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee: Merrick Garland

Vincent Schilling

President Obama announced this morning in the Rose Garden of the White House that his nominee to fill the seat on the Supreme Court vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia is Merrick Garland.

Garland, 63, is the chief judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a court whose influence over federal policy and national security matters has made it a proving ground for potential Supreme Court justices.

Now presiding as Chief Judge, Judge Garland has more federal judicial experience than any Supreme Court nominee in history.

“After completing this exhaustive process, I’ve made my decision,” said Obama. “I’ve selected a nominee who is widely recognized not only as one of America’s sharpest legal minds, but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, even-handedness, and excellence.  These qualities, and his long commitment to public service, have earned him the respect and admiration of leaders from both sides of the aisle.  He will ultimately bring that same character to bear on the Supreme Court, an institution in which he is uniquely prepared to serve immediately.

“Today, I am nominating Chief Judge Merrick Brian Garland to join the Supreme Court.”  

In a White House press conference shortly after the announcement hosted by Neil Eggleston, Counsel to the President, Brian Deese, Senior Advisor to the President  and  Eric Schultz, Principal Deputy Press Secretary, Deese said President Obama’s decision was a cumulation of a month-long process in which het and a selection committee spoke with every member of the Senate and hundreds of leaders in high positions, including civil rights leaders, CEOs, union leaders and tribal leaders.

According to Deese, the President ‘was committed to extensive outreach and engagement,” in an effort to cast a wide net. “There is no one better qualified,” he said.

Eggleston said there was a three-point system the President applied in selecting a nominee.

“First [Obama] stated he believed that the justice should possess an independent mind, unimpeachable credentials and an unquestionable mastery of the law. Second, the judge should recognize the limits of the judicial role and that their job is to interpret the law, not to make the law, and third, a judge should have a deep understanding of how the law affects people’s lives every day in rapidly changing times. It is about the type of life experience earned outside of the classroom and in the courtroom that helps to shape his keen sense.

“These three principles were the President’s North Star as he navigated this very important decision.”

After Obama’s remarks, Judge Garland said, “Thank you, Mr. President.  This is the greatest honor of my life -- other than Lynn agreeing to marry me 28 years ago.  It’s also the greatest gift I’ve ever received except -- and there’s another caveat -- the birth of our daughters, Jessie and Becky.

“As my parents taught me by both words and deeds, a life of public service is as much a gift to the person who serves as it is to those he is serving.  And for me, there could be no higher public service than serving as a member of the United States Supreme Court.”


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Submitted by tmsyr11 on
2016: I agree with Senator Barack Obama: >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> And yet as senator, Obama rejected that argument in 2006 as well. Obama stated that “I believe firmly that the Constitution calls for the Senate to advise and consent. I believe it calls for meaningful advice and consent and that includes an examination of a judge’s philosophy, ideology, and record.” After citing several Alito rulings he disagreed with, Senator Obama closed his floor statement by promising that “I will vote no and urge my colleagues to vote no on this confirmation.” During his time in the Senate, Barack Obama voted against both of President Bush’s Supreme Court nominees. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/02/15/senator-obama-would-disagree-with-elizabeth-warren-over-scalia-replacement/#ixzz439ymBHpu >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I agree with Senator Joe Biden: WASHINGTON — Republicans in favor of putting off consideration of a Supreme Court nominee during an election year have focused on an unexpected ally: Joe Biden, circa 1992. As Senate Judiciary Committee chairman more than two decades ago, the vice president argued that President George H.W. Bush should wait until after the November election to name a nominee – echoing the case Republicans now make against President Barack Obama’s plan to try to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat. http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2016/02/role-reversals-politicians-flip-sides-on-supreme-court-replacements-after-scalias-death.html/ >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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Submitted by verncox on
Mrs Diane was the better choice "Hands-down". I share your pain on this one. She would have been confirmed in a matter of weeks.