Supreme Court Justice Obama? It could happen, if Hillary Clinton gets into office. The Supreme Court could welcome a recently unemployed Barack Obama – a “great idea” – according to the former senator and First Lady. POTUS for SCOTUS?
Writes CNN on Jan. 27: “Barack Obama will be out of a job next year. And one voter in Iowa had a suggestion for Hillary Clinton, should she become president: Nominate him to the Supreme Court.”
Clinton appeared Tuesday at a rally in Deocorah, Iowa, and evidently was quite impressed with the notion that she give Obama a seat at the table at the highest court in the land. “Wow. What a great idea. Nobody has ever suggested that to me. Wow,” Clinton said. “He may have a few other things to do,” she added.
The Democratic candidate revealed she isn’t happy with the current Supreme Court make up, and said the next president will have an opportunity to nominate “at least three” justices.
“I would certainly take that under advisement,” Clinton said. “I mean, he is brilliant and he can set forth an argument and he was a law professor. He has got all the credentials.”
Of course, he would have to get by the Senate – a legislative body currently under Republican control. “Now we do have to get a Democratic Senate to get him confirmed so you’re going to have to help me on that, OK?” Clinton joked.
There is only one president who took up a position as a Supreme Court justice following his time in office. William Howard Taft served as the tenth Chief Justice of the United States from 1921 to 1930, being nominated by President Warren G. Harding. Taft thus became the only former President to swear in subsequent presidents, administering the oath of office to both Calvin Coolidge in 1925 and later, to Herbert Hoover in 1929.
Would Obama even want to be on the Supreme Court? In a 2014 interview he did with the New Yorker, Obama was asked if he would entertain the thought of serving as a justice after his terms as president.
In commenting on why he chose not to pursue a career in the judicial field, Obama said it was “partly because I was an older student, but partly because I don’t think I have the temperament to sit in a chamber and write opinions.”
Nevertheless, he was (and perhaps still is) tempted.
“I love the law, intellectually,” Obama said in 2014. “I love nutting out these problems, wrestling with these arguments. I love teaching. I miss the classroom and engaging with students. But I think being a Justice is a little bit too monastic for me. Particularly after having spent six years and what will be eight years in this bubble, I think I need to get outside a little bit more.”
Would you care to see Obama on the Supreme Court?