President Delivers Statement on Passing of Supreme Court Justice Scalia

8:30 ET: President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Passing of Supreme Court Justice Scalia

160 Responses to “President Delivers Statement on Passing of Supreme Court Justice Scalia”

  1. 1 taiping1
    February 13, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Gracious as always

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      February 13, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      As always! I have tremendous respect for this man.

      Hi Taiping. How are you?

      • 3 taiping1
        February 13, 2016 at 8:28 pm

        Doing well! At a Death Penalty Conference with my husband. Needless to say Scalia is not missed. He argued that factual innocence is not enough to prevent an execution of an innocent man. He also held up an inmate as a example of those who should be executed for heinous crimes: exonerated this year!

  2. 6 taiping1
    February 13, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Hope he quickly appoints someone exceptional.

    February 13, 2016 at 8:21 pm


  4. February 13, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    not liking what i’m seeing so far with paul watford’s record. some crazy republicans have been praising him for his “judicial restraint” which is code for satisfying republican/big business interests. i don’t trust watford.

  5. February 13, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    February 13, 2016 at 8:24 pm


  7. 18 Edwina3
    February 13, 2016 at 8:26 pm


    Help, WP won’t stop sending me emailed comments, even though I have not opted too. I’ve logged in and out but still happening. Any clue as to why?

  8. 20 amk for obama
    February 13, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    wanna bet the rethug kkklowns today will claim vote for me, I will stop obama from nominating a librul to the court and the stupid flock will give them a standing ovation?

  9. February 13, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    I have nothing positive to say.

    Soโ€ฆ..Iโ€™ll keep quiet, as my mother taught me.

  10. February 13, 2016 at 8:31 pm

  11. 31 amk for obama
    February 13, 2016 at 8:32 pm

  12. 32 amk for obama
    February 13, 2016 at 8:33 pm

  13. 33 amk for obama
    February 13, 2016 at 8:33 pm

  14. February 13, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Was he early? If so, where can I see it?

  15. February 13, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    • February 13, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      even that they are clearly twisting to fit their wants. 2nd amendment is about militias and that meant what we now call national guard, as it is clearly defined earlier in the constitution. so basically republicans are anti-constitutional in almost every possible way.

    • February 13, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      Ti be fair, they do sometimes have a moment for the Tenth Amendment, which they abbreviate in much the same manner as they do the Second.

    • February 14, 2016 at 3:02 am

      The Second Amedment embraced by the obsessed right wing gun advocates has very little to do with the Second Amedment. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is all about the rights of states to have “well regulated militias” to ensure the security of the state.

  16. February 13, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    • 41 Roberta in MN
      February 13, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      I just answered him back. ” We did speak, we voted President Obama twice. The people spoke, he does his job and you should do yours now.” Close to that anyway.

      • February 13, 2016 at 9:14 pm

        I answered back also:

        • February 14, 2016 at 3:23 am

          Great tweet, Jazziz2! Mitch McConnell must be reminded that President Obama is still the President of the United States. The Constitution obligates him to nominate a person to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by the death of a current Justice. The Constitution also obligates members of the United States Senate, including the majority leaders, to approve, or reject the President’s nominee. The Constitution does NOT, however, allow the Senate majority leader to tell a sitting President not to nominate any one to the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of a beloved right wing Justice who was more interested in advancing right wing ideology than he was about advancing JUSTICE.

    • 44 57andfemale
      February 13, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      That was breathtakingly dumb, even for McTurtle.

    • February 13, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      By letting the American people have a choice in the selection, McConnell of course means that he will do everythign possible to ensure that the people have no choice at all, on this or any other decision of any importance.

  17. 46 hopefruit2
    February 13, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    PBO is now speaking!

  18. 47 criquet
    February 13, 2016 at 8:48 pm

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    • February 13, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Wow, I remember Katyal as lead counsel in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld

      • February 13, 2016 at 9:00 pm

        According to the names being floated (2 Indians Katyal, Srinivasan….3 AAs A.G. Lynch, DHS Johnson, Holder, and I wouldn’t rule out Kamala Harris (considering her Senate bid is not going as smoothly as everyone thought) this is a very diverse and hugely qualified pool to choose from.

        • February 13, 2016 at 9:11 pm

          It’s really exciting to imagine such a diverse and modern court. WOOT!!

        • 53 Betsy
          February 14, 2016 at 1:12 am

          I’ve been out of the loop re: CA Senate race, what’s happening to Kamala Harris and who’s getting the attention?

          • February 14, 2016 at 4:25 pm

            She is blowing all the money she raised on private jets, 5* hotels, and more stupid stuff like she is entitled…while acting like she has already won the seat. It is not a forgone conclusion and people smell blood in the water. Remember Karl Rove spent millions just to try to defeat her in her A.G. race too!

    • 56 idon
      February 13, 2016 at 11:23 pm

      I think President HRC will nominate AG Eric Holder. So I think he’s covered.

      • February 14, 2016 at 3:36 am

        I am not so sure! HRCwill probably avoid pissing-off the GOP in her first term. After President Obama, no one is more hated by the GOP than AG Eric Holder.

  21. 58 vcprezofan2
    February 13, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Short and pertinent! Thank you, Mr. President.

  22. February 13, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Eloquent statement from Pres Obama. Puts down the hammer on McConnell “Do your job!”

  23. 62 Ladyhawke
    February 13, 2016 at 8:51 pm

  24. 64 mtmarilyn
    February 13, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I just saw the best tweet. I am on my iPad and don’t know how to post it but it was from Al Giordano. He said the last time the Pope was on this continent Boehner resigned. This time the Pope is in Mexico this happened. Interesting thought.

  25. February 13, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Couldn’t have said it better:

  26. 66 amk for obama
    February 13, 2016 at 8:56 pm

  27. 70 Nerdy Wonka
    February 13, 2016 at 8:57 pm

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  29. February 13, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    • 73 jackiegrumbacher
      February 13, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      Oh, chips, that’s the perfect photo to go with Lindsay Graham’s comment. When I read it, I thought, “weren’t we all waiting to hear what Graham had to say. Now we can all sleep peacefully.” I’m sure Lindsay was the first person PBO was going to call for advice.

      • February 13, 2016 at 9:44 pm

        ๐Ÿ˜† โ€œwerenโ€™t we all waiting to hear what Graham had to say.”

        Dude who got 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000000001% of the GOP 2016 nom vote!

  30. February 13, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    now, these are untold stories that I want to see:

    Taraji P. Henson Will Topline Film Based on Story of Black Women Mathematicians Who Worked for NASA During the Space Race

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    February 10, 2016 at 9:37PM

    This is the kind of wonderfully atypical Civil Rights-era story that gets me excited!

    Last fall, it was announced that author Margot Lee Shetterlyโ€™s book, “Hidden Figures,” which hasn’t actually been published yet (but will be this year via HarperCollins), was been optioned for Ted Melfi to direct (he’s the director of 2014’s acclaimed dramedy “St. Vincent,” which starred Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, and Naomi Watts. Terrence Howard played a supporting role in the film, which was Melfi’s feature directorial debut).

    Shetterly’s “Hidden Figures” tells the untold true story of the African American women mathematicians – Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, Kathryn Peddrew, Sue Wilder, Eunice Smith and Barbara Holley – who worked at NASA during the Civil Rights era. The book tells their story through the personal accounts of 4 specific women that then-NASA staffers referred to as โ€œthe colored computers.โ€ Shetterly, whose father was one of the first African American engineers employed by NASA, is a journalist.

  31. 78 desertflower
    February 13, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Think about this…for the first time ever since PBO’s election anyway, the GOP is being very transparent.. maybe America will FINALLY pay attention!!

    • 79 jacquelineoboomer
      February 13, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      YES. I’m hoping it will backfire on them, big time.

    • 81 carolyn
      February 13, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      We have all been deeply upset by the way in which Republicans and far lefters have treated our President these past seven years. I have thought about this a lot, and have been deeply upset with all of you. What desertflower said above about the GOP being very transparent, illustrates what has been happening. PBO’s election, as we know, released something ugly in the American society. It had been rumbling beneath the surface for years, but finally came to the top. It is as if we lanced a boil on the body politic. In order to heal, boils have to be lanced. That is not a pretty sight, but I still accept what Judge Brandeis said as truth: “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” All this HAD to come to the surface for cleansing and cleaning to occur. I am regretful that our wonderful PBO had to be the object, but I believe he had a better idea about what would happen than we did. We were delirious with joy, and didn’t take the long view, which he always has, which is why he has been able to remain calm and steady. Like people here, he is in my prayers every day, for protection and strength. I am reminded sometimes of his Biblical namesake, Barak, who was a wise judge. So is our Barack a wise man. He will treat this situation with his usual grace and wisdom.

      • 82 jackiegrumbacher
        February 13, 2016 at 9:29 pm

        Well said, Carolyn. You are so right about our President taking the long view, which is so difficult for many of us.

      • 83 desertflower
        February 13, 2016 at 9:34 pm

        Agreed, carolyn…though I must admit, I thought you said that you were mad at all of us and I was confused:) I read it again and understand now…will be “interesting” to see how these people twist themselves into knots trying to defend why a sitting President should not have an appointment made to the SC from a vacancy that happened on his watch….and the very early obstruction of Mitch McConnell to having no vote for a new appointee….I hope that vile excuse for a man gets his keester handed to him. Karma will pay a visit.

    • February 14, 2016 at 4:56 am

      I hope so DF, but knowing the way the so called mainstream media operates, most Americans will probably end up siding with the GOP after being told by the media that the President should not be appointing a successor to Scalia during an election year.

  32. February 13, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    It’s a hoot, there’s just never a dull moment. There we were thinking this would be just another Saturday when Manchester United lose, and nothing else would happen.

  33. 123 jacquelineoboomer
    February 13, 2016 at 9:25 pm

  34. 124 jacquelineoboomer
    February 13, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Jeb fans boo Trump. Trump says they’re Jeb’s special interests and lobbyists. Jeb fans boo him again a couple times. I’m almost rooting for Jeb!

  35. 125 jacquelineoboomer
    February 13, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Trump’s getting booed all over the place, at this debate.


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  38. 131 amk for obama
    February 13, 2016 at 9:37 pm

  39. 132 jacquelineoboomer
    February 13, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Pass the popcorn. (I’m watching so you don’t have to!)

  40. 135 desertflower
    February 13, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Listen carefully. I am much more interested in what the GOP say now…they can’t contain themselves….PBO is always wise and thoughtful. Does the right thing. Listen carefully, America. Let’s see how you like them now

  41. 137 jacquelineoboomer
    February 13, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    I kid you not.

    • 138 jackiegrumbacher
      February 13, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      OMG, JO’B, Trump hasn’t the foggiest idea how SS operates and he probably never met a Social Security recipient in his life. But now he’s created the mythology of evil 106 year-olds collecting benefits from the grave. And hordes of equally ignorant people will believe him.

      • 139 jacquelineoboomer
        February 13, 2016 at 10:12 pm

        Remember that story about how Trump tried to have eminent domain used against the senior homeowner in NYC, which he denies? This Social Security thing sounds like something else slum landlords talk about, over dinner.

    • February 14, 2016 at 5:13 am

      JOBoomr, seriously I don’t know whether to laugh or cry! The fact that Trump is a leading contender to be the GOP’s Presidential nominee is indisputable evidence of how low the GOP has sunk.

  42. 142 57andfemale
    February 13, 2016 at 9:50 pm

  43. 144 jacquelineoboomer
    February 13, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Dumb and dumber (however you say that in Spanish; I’m not fluent).

    • 148 desertflower
      February 13, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Trump is now claiming ownership of illegal immigration as a topic. โ€œIf I didnโ€™t bring it up, we wouldnโ€™t even be talking about it.โ€

      Then he turns the Eye of Sauron on to Jeb. โ€œThe weakest person on this stage is Jeb Bush.โ€

      โ€œItโ€™s weak to disparage women. Itโ€™s weak to denigrate the disabled,โ€ Bush hits back.

      Trump: โ€œtwo days ago he said he would take his pants off and moon everybody.โ€ Unconfirmed.


  44. February 13, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    • 150 Obama Grandmama
      February 13, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      McConnell please read the Constitution where it says the President with the Senates agreement chooses the SC appointments. It does not say to wait for the election of the next President or put it on the ballot for the people to decide.

  45. 157 57andfemale
    February 13, 2016 at 10:24 pm

  46. February 13, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Off Topic: EVERYONE needs to see A Ballerina’s Tale, about the GODDESS who is Misty Copeland (SoCal Native!!!.)

    It’s on PBS, and most likely On Demand on the PBS app soon (Apple TV, Amazon, most newer Blurry players, GooglePlay, Roku, etc), if it’s not already.

    It’s ASTOUNDING and so amazing for me, an old broken dancer (with BEWBS) watching this woman, who is a WORK OF ART WITH SEXY CURVES and the most gorgeous ATHLETIC BODY, dance her face off.

    Let’s hope this begins a new age of HEALTHY female dancers, instead of malnourished sticks.

  47. 159 Obama Grandmama
    February 14, 2016 at 12:10 am

    I recorded the GOP debate and am watching it now. As much as I hate Donald Trump I am glad he is there as at least he is setting the record straight about GW not keeping us safe and not going after Osama Bin Laden to a house full of boos. That audience will not believe what is true. Media catering to one side, not correcting untruths, and allowing talking points, as well as asking candidates to repeat what the Constitution says instead of just reading it has dumbed down the electorate.

  48. 160 Rita
    February 14, 2016 at 5:29 am

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