April 13th, 2010
02:10 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama invites senators from both parties to discuss vacancy

President Obama has invited senators from both parties to a meeting to talk about the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy.
President Obama has invited senators from both parties to a meeting to talk about the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy.

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama has invited senators from both parties to a meeting to talk about the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy, the White House announced Tuesday.

Obama invited the Senate's majority and minority leaders - Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada and Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky - as well as the Democratic chairman and ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee - Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the White House said in a statement.

The meeting to discuss the opening created by the upcoming retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens will be on April 21 at the White House, according to the statement.

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Obama the Liar

    Another day, another LIE from the liar-in-chief,.

    April 13, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. James, Houston,TX

    It always better to "Burp" and bear the shame; than not to "Burp" and bury the pain!

    April 13, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. bess

    just like the sham "summit" on healthcare he invited both parties to last month?

    I'm just saying...ya'know.

    April 13, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Independent

    President Obama continues his respectful efforts to work with both sides for all Americans. I trust his constitutional experience & pragmatic approach to make a good choice for Supreme Court.

    April 13, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Dutch

    Mr. President, to hell with what the senators think. This is ultimately your decision. We trust your judgement way before we trust those in Congress.

    April 13, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Dano

    That's a nice, classy gesture on your part President Obama, but we all know what you'll get in return for your courtesy. The GOP Party of NO will condemn ANY person you select to fill this vacancy unless he/she is a far right wing extremist like Alito, Scalia, Thomas, & Roberts, so expect no cooperation from this group of fanatics.

    April 13, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Jerry - Florida

    What a hypocrite. Now he's inviting both sides of the isle to meet. He must see the writing on the wall (hopefully).

    What is the Bully-in-Chief pondering this time. Will HE be dictating to Republicans, AGAIN?

    Message to Republicans: I am a life-long Democrat, However, don't allow President NObama to dictate to your party, EVER AGAIN! He has shown absolutely no respect to your party, or for that matter, to the majority of the American people.

    President NObama, The Mouth Biden, Boblehead Pelosi, Senile Harry Reed, and numerous other elected Democrats are the most polarizing, divisive figures in high office today.

    Sad to say, Florida's Catty Castor is part of this bullying group!

    April 13, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. JES

    I don't know why he will invite both parties he will still do what he wants to no matter what.

    April 13, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. 'RUB' THE CLOWN

    GOOD JOB in the bipartisanship! Preserving some balance on the right-skewed court is important too, though.

    April 13, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Michelle

    I betcha the Republicans are no shows, and then they will claim..."The President made no effort to include us!" as their excuse to fillibuster whoever he names. Careful, Republicans, your hatred is going to bite you in November, if not sooner.

    April 13, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Paul from Phoenix

    Is this guy incapable of making a decision on his own? Geez, I thought Bush was the ultimate delagator.

    Our President is a caracature of the man who ran for president. That man was decisive, strong. This guy would rather anyone else do the work so he can stay above it all.

    And before people start bashing this, look at the health bill. That wasn't his, he deferred to Pelosi and Reid to write it. He has no spine.

    April 13, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. JIm,VIRGINIA

    Just typical O'bama,ask people from both sides to meet with him ,then just ignore what they say and do what he was going to do in the first place.

    April 13, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Dwayne

    Oh me...I wouldn't give the "party of no" the time of day.

    April 13, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Colin, RI

    Once again, Obama is bringing representatives from both parties together to discuss a major decision. So I guess this means that he's solely responsible for the ultra-partisanship in Congress?

    April 13, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Remus Redbone

    Prior to the health care fiasco, I would have thought of this as a noble move to be inclusive of all ideas prior to making such an important and far reaching decision. Now, I think of it as just a political cover move as Obama has proven he is totally willing to do.

    April 13, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Dave

    Hope springs eternal on bipartisanship. I hate to tell President Obama but that dog just will not hunt. At least not with this crowd.

    April 13, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Johnny DC

    If you think this is anything more than a VERY thinly veiled attempt to appear bipartisan, you're crazy. Obama will later on cite that he reached across the aisle, when in reality he's just posturing for future political commercials and infomercials.

    April 13, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Willy Brown

    Another made for CSPAN moments ands then going far left as usual Barry?

    April 13, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Edward R. Ditmars

    Hillary!

    'Nuff said.

    April 13, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. Mark from Louisiana

    In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the FBI has formally acknowledged a file existed on President Barack Obama's grandfather, Stanley Armour Dunham, that was destroyed May 1, 1997.

    The FBI previously released some 600 pages of the FBI file of Frank Marshall Davis, the Chicago-based journalist and poet who as a member of the Communist Party USA retired in Hawaii and befriended Dunham.

    Obama frequently sought advice from Davis during the future president's elementary and high school years.

    Until the FBI's response to the FOIA request, there was no public disclosure of the existence of a file on Obama's grandfather.

    The file raises the question whether the FBI considered Dunham to be a national security risk, possibly because of his association with Davis.

    April 13, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    More political spin. Obama personifies partisanship.

    April 13, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. Biased

    I guess this is a small step forward in asking them first before he ignores them like he did with his healthcare summit, but if he really feels that anyone believes he will take anything into account of what the republicans say, then the only delusional one is him, or once again he feels the American public is too stupid to see this ploy.

    April 13, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. Chris D.

    Good form Mr. President. Good form.

    April 13, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. RufusVonDufus

    Black smoke and mirrors, boys and girls; black smoke and mirrors! His Arrogance is only doing this as a bait and switch. It's about time we all realize the workings of this guy who is sitting as an unqualified and ineligible holder of the office.

    April 13, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. Mike

    Our country will not be served well if a political person is selected. I was very disappointed when I heard the names of cabinet secretaries Hillary and Janet on the list. Yes, they may have law degrees and be "qualified", but their background is more politician than judicial. Polluting the judicial branch with political people will be a big step backward when it happens. There are plenty of candidates available who have dedicated their lives to the judiciary that will make fine candidates.

    April 13, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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