(CNN) - President Barack Obama wants a combination of "intellectual firepower" and a '"common touch" in the next Supreme Court justice, but said he doesn't feel "weighed down" by race or gender in his decision.
With a nomination potentially just days away, Obama was asked in a C-SPAN interview what he would tell his wife, Michelle Obama, his daughters and his mother-in-law if he didn't choose a woman.
"Actually I can't tell you the number of women, including Michelle, who say, 'Choose the person you think is going to be best,'" Obama responded.
He said, "I think in any given pick, my job is to just find somebody who I think is going to make a difference on the courts and look after the interest of the American people. And so, I don't feel weighed down by having to choose a Supreme Court justice based on demographics. I certainly think that ultimately we want a Supreme Court that is reflective of the incredible variety of the American people."
Obama said he thought it was "safe to say" the announcement about the Supreme Court justice, who will replace retiring Justice David Souter, would come soon, although he offered no specific date.
Every article on the Ticker should be titled:
"Obama looks to increase personal popularity"
Me ! I want to go one on one with Scalia.
How about cutting out the demographic pandering and picking the MOST QUALIFIED person?!
Obama sounds like he's describing what he thinks of himself so the next nominee will be in his image and likeness. It's too bad Hillary isn't the President because then she could nominate Obama to the Supreme Court where he really belongs.
Well I´ll be dammed. Ed Henry contributed to this report and he didn´t take a shot at our President. I guess he failed his interview with Fox News.
Now we have a President who wants someone with common sence as well as knowledge of our laws and our constitution. Now that is
a change that can bring hope to the American people... Yes we can !!!
Big "O", Thank U! What U did as a Lawyer, fighter and service for the people, and Pres of USA! U can be the first President ever to set on the Supreme Court!
another sellout like yourself, eh?
That is an honorable idea Mr. President. The search for a Supreme Judge with both "intellectual firepower" and a "common touch" is a show of Obama wisdom. Unfortunately, the mainstream media (that includes CNN) is not interested in "honor"; they are interested in a nasty ideological knife between political parties.
Sounds like a thoughtful, practical approach to the highest court of our country that will serve our country well. Thank you, Mr. President!
No doubt Rush, Steele and Cheney will see this "common touch " as socialism or even worse commonism (sic) and blast it.
Oh....I love this president. He is EVERYTHING Bush was not. He's smart, thoughtful, compassionate with integrity and a great leader.
President Obama has demonstrated time and time again that he does not keep his word, and is long on politics and symbolism over pragmatic decision making and leadership. He has a socialistic approach which is proving daily as detrimental to this country. His large bailout is afarce and the billions are being used to pay over compensated union workers in state, federal. and local government. NO new jobs are being created. His homeland security acumen is nol and it shows.
Now he wants to appoint a socialistic judge with blach leaning empathy to further stack the deck.
I think it will be Sonia Sotomayor and she'll be great.
What a refreshing attitude President Obama.
Much different from the "holier than thou" self-righteous republicans attitude.
"Not weighed down by demographics." Hahahahahahahah! Okay, okay. No, wait... hahahahahahaha! Now I'm ready... hahahahahaha. Sorry, that's all I've got for that one.
"Common Touch: may be alright for Obama, but I want t judge to uphold our laws! Especially our immigration laws. It is time for ALL of those ILLEGAL ALIENS to leave this country and if they want to return, DO IT THE LEGAL WAY!
Obama is taking our country in a direction that will end up being the wrong way! He has us deeper in debt than any other President has taken us. He is attempting to turn our great country into a socialist country.
Mark my words, we should have elected Hillary Clinton as our President and maybe had Obama in some other position, like VP!
Since when has obama cared about the interest of the AMERICAN people? Must have had his teleprompter off or george soros pulled the wrong string.
Yo only got one choice for that ther 'common touch' Obeme.
The president should let Michelle choose the next judge. She is a true American hero.
hmmm are there any gay, handicapped, jewish half african-american half hispanic female judges out there who grew up poor worked their way through law school (preferrably not Harvard) and have some empathy – – because that would be ideal! LOL.
Seriously, just pick someone qualified and moderate and I think the rest will work itself out. Although if we are going for a minority, I wouldn't mind seeing an Asian or Indian supreme court judge.
This is why Obama was chosen to lead our country after the devistation of what was the Bush/Cheney years. We need to purge the culture of political pay backs for un-quailified toadies. No more church ladies nominated to the Supreme Court, but the nomination of intelligent and thoughtful professionals taking on a challenging task with dignity and integrity.
I wouldn't worry about this pick, sure its going to be a radical leftist who doesn't care about the constition and bent on destroying America but that's what your avg. democrat wants.
If he gets another 4 and the a pick then, well then we need to worry since he will then pick someone like William Ayers.
I, Penn Jillette do solemnly swear to uphold the office to which I have been appointed... That would be absolutely hilarious. Not to mention awesome.
I hope he can find one like William O Douglas.
Not to be "for" a woman. But it seems to me women know how hard it is to make a way in life, much more so than men. They are overlooked for important jobs, they make less money at the same jobs, and they are slurred and panned by the "good old boys'. That's why I think a woman has her hand on the pulse of America more so than a man.