January 14th, 2009
12:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama, Biden to visit Supreme Court

The incoming president and vice president will meet with the Supreme Court Wednesday.

The incoming president and vice president will meet with the Supreme Court Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Continuing a growing tradition between incoming chief executives and the chief justice of the highest court in the land, President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden will visit the Supreme Court Wednesday afternoon.

The two will visit the high court in response to an invitation from Chief Justice John Roberts, who noted in a December 5 letter to Obama, a former constitutional law professor, that previous presidents-elect had visited the
Supreme Court before taking office as a courtesy "so that colleagues in public
service might become better acquainted."

"The Associate Justices and I would be pleased to see that sporadic practice become a congenial tradition," said Roberts. "You will receive a warm welcome."

Both Obama and Biden - while serving in the Senate - voted against Roberts as chief justice in 2005 and Justice Samuel Alito in early 2006.

Roberts will administer the presidential oath of office to Obama on January 20. Justice John Paul Stevens - the oldest member of the high court - will administer the vice presidential oath to Biden.

This is the third time in recent history, according to the Obama transition team, that a president-elect and vice president-elect have visited the Supreme Court. Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush visited the high court in November 1980. Bill Clinton and Al Gore visited the court in December 1992.

The previous meetings, however, were held at the suggestion of the incoming president. Roberts' personal invitation represents a change in that precedent.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. boered1

    Gotta love it Roberts is sucking up to them already he knows that he will be held to the standard of the law and that none of the radical religious right crap will be allowed to flow out of the court


    (okay I know that is a streatch but I think Roberts is the wrong amn for the job, luckily Obama will be able to replace a few members and get good strong people on there to override the bush appointments)

    January 14, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. waleed. NC

    speaking of the supreme court, if Obama support this human atrocities and war crimes against the people of Gaza ' and call it self-defense?
    the country will learn my name soon' and it will be the first case if its kind ' when I file a law suit to Have my Vote for Obama Discounted

    January 14, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Amber

    Alito is an illegitimate appointment by an illegitimate president.

    January 14, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Steve


    The crimes commited against the people of Gaza are being committed by the cowards who fire rockets from schools, mosques, and behind women and children!


    Proof, please!

    January 14, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. Matt

    @ waleed

    Good luck with that. I'm sure the 5 minutes it takes for a judge to read and grant the Motion to Dismiss will be well worth the filing fees you pay.

    January 14, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Matt

    Should be interesting to watch the Supreme Court the next 4 years. We've finally got a president who knows the law and understands the Constitution instead of one who thinks he can make judicial appointments that will allow him to rewrite it.

    January 14, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Mike Seebeck

    So will Obama be bringing his birth certificate along as well? He should!

    January 14, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Ravi in MO

    waleed: Israel has every right to defend itself against terrorist thugs who consider Israel to be "their" land. Those thugs STOLE it from Israel 1000 years ago, and Israel simply took back what was theirs. Those who do not support Israel have no room to talk about injustice or hate.

    January 14, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |