Even before the unfortunate death of Supreme Court Justice Scalia, Hillary Clinton was asked if she would consider appointing President Obama to the Supreme Court. Not only did she think it was a good idea, Hillary Clinton said she loved the idea.
At a campaign rally in Iowa a couple of weeks ago, Hillary Clinton lit up when she was asked by a voter if she would consider appointing President Obama to the Supreme Court if she was elected.
“Wow, what a great idea. No one has ever suggested that to me, I love that, wow,” the Democratic presidential candidate responded. “He may have a few other things to do but I tell you that’s a great idea.”
Hillary Clinton went on to talk about how the next president could have to appoint up to three Supreme Court justices, but she then circled back.
“I would certainly take that under advisement,” she told the crowd of 450 people inside a ballroom at the Winn Hotel about a potential Justice Obama. “I mean he’s brilliant, and he can set forth an argument, and he was a law professor, so he’s got all the credentials.”
“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?” she added.
In 2014, in an interview with the New Yorker, President Obama seemed unsure when asked whether he would consider a position on the Supreme Court.
“I love the law, intellectually,” Obama said, “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.”
If Republicans block President Obama from appointing a new Supreme Court Justice, they might have to deal with him for a few more years. If Hillary Clinton wins her election and appoints Justice Obama, he would be the first former president on the Supreme Court since William Taft.
You can watch the exchange below.