Transcript Of Justice Souter's Call To President Obama

JUSTICE SOUTER: Good evening Mr. President.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good evening Justice Souter. You watching this game? Incredible! Ray Allen goes for 51 and hits every big shot. John Salmons goes for 35?? Joakim Noah strips PAUL PIERCE and takes it the distance and dunks in Pierce's face! And then makes the free throw! Can you believe it?!? Triple overtime! Greatest series ever. Can't wait for Game 7.

SOUTER: Um, I do not own a television, Mr. President. I was calling to tell you I am retiring from the Court.

OBAMA: We'll have to talk about this tomorrow Justice Souter. Thanks for calling.

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    One last thing (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 11:44:08 PM EST
    If you have read me on Justice Souter in the past, you would know I believe he is the finest Justice we have had since Brennan.

    Tomorrow, I hope to write a fitting tribute to the wisdom and brilliance of this great American.

    We lose a giant. And it is a shame that so few will recognize it.

    absolutely agree (5.00 / 0) (#20)
    by txpublicdefender on Fri May 01, 2009 at 01:37:53 AM EST
    I absolutely agree with you.  He has played an important role in protecting the liberty of all Americans.  I know that he hates Washington, and has wanted to retire for a long time, and only held on through the Bush years so he would not have his replacement chosen by W., but I am still very disappointed to hear that he is leaving.  

    one more thing on this (none / 0) (#23)
    by txpublicdefender on Fri May 01, 2009 at 12:07:53 PM EST
    From a little blurb by Dahlia Lithwick on Slate:
    But Souter has been a lot more than just a massive disappointment to the right. Watching him at oral argument--as recently as Wednesday in the Voting Rights Act case--you just didn't see the bookish, reclusive man from another century. You saw an incredibly passionate and eloquent spokesman for equality and racial justice, often willing to dominate an argument and wear his heart on his sleeve in ways his colleagues would not. The public has often underestimated Souter because he shuns the spotlight and writes, for the most part, in a pretty bookish, temperate way. We also tend to glide right past him because given any chance to do so, he will run himself down as well. But if you've been watching him for the past few years, you know that more often than not the passionate, fiery and even outraged voice from the liberal half of the bench has been Souter's. If it's indeed true that he is leaving, the left of the court won't just be losing a bright light, but some much needed heat as well.

    Will you be sure to thank Sununu Sr.? (none / 0) (#7)
    by andgarden on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 11:49:36 PM EST
    Heh (none / 0) (#8)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 11:51:10 PM EST
    In response to a question (none / 0) (#24)
    by KeysDan on Fri May 01, 2009 at 01:55:28 PM EST
    during his confirmation hearing related to model justices, Judge Souter held up William Brennan as a justice to emulate.  He sure has done well in doing so, and Justice Brennan would, I think, be proud of is successor.

    I betcha (none / 0) (#1)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 11:15:37 PM EST
    Obama was watching the game when Souter called him.

    Just in case (none / 0) (#4)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 11:27:26 PM EST
    This is snark.

    But it (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by oldpro on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 11:55:05 PM EST
    could have been true!

    Was true in a way (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 11:59:47 PM EST
    for me. Someone called me about this and I said not now, I am watching this incredible basketball game.

    Talk about it tomorrow.


    "Write what you know." (none / 0) (#14)
    by oculus on Fri May 01, 2009 at 12:09:10 AM EST
    Quite right. The game won't wait (none / 0) (#16)
    by oldpro on Fri May 01, 2009 at 12:11:06 AM EST
    and this news won't go stale overnight.

    Ha. (none / 0) (#2)
    by oculus on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 11:16:35 PM EST
    Reminds me of the night I was on search warrant duty.  I got a call from my boss.  Called him back.  He sd.:  it's the NCAA final, Michigan and (I don't know the name of the other team).  I sd.:  but you called me!

    This post is full of WIN (none / 0) (#3)
    by andgarden on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 11:26:26 PM EST
    Even though, um, I wasn't watching the game. I do, however, own a television.

    You got me (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by cal1942 on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 11:57:17 PM EST
    I read the article, thought it wierd on several levels.

    Then noticed it was the Onion.


    heh (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by andgarden on Fri May 01, 2009 at 12:01:01 AM EST
    Can I interest you in a new product from Sony?

    Priceless (none / 0) (#19)
    by cal1942 on Fri May 01, 2009 at 12:39:32 AM EST
    Alot of poetic justice in tonight's game (none / 0) (#5)
    by magster on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 11:42:05 PM EST
    With Brad Miller saving the Bulls instead of missing the free throw line.

    Ray Allen was incredible.  

    This series is a stark contrast to the Hornets and my Denver Nuggets.

    Enjoying the last night of the work (none / 0) (#13)
    by lilburro on Fri May 01, 2009 at 12:05:20 AM EST
    week (for me - 10 4s) and was very into the Celtics Bulls game.  All because of TL...well, BTD.  So much can be learned here.

    For the record, the game was great.  But where is my Derby pregame???  I am ready.  Chocolate Candy?

    Derby pre-game for ya . . . (none / 0) (#15)
    by nycstray on Fri May 01, 2009 at 12:09:20 AM EST
    Oh goodness (none / 0) (#17)
    by lilburro on Fri May 01, 2009 at 12:21:55 AM EST
    jockey cam!  I didn't say I wanted to feel nauseous!  :P

    Sorry! (none / 0) (#18)
    by nycstray on Fri May 01, 2009 at 12:38:51 AM EST
    I had never seen a jockey cam before and thought it was pretty cool. Just watching the sheen on the neck of the horse as she ran full out was amazing for me :) I def don't have the guts for that job!

    Obama (none / 0) (#21)
    by CST on Fri May 01, 2009 at 09:43:28 AM EST
    was probably rooting for the bulls, the punk.

    What a game.

    I wonder (none / 0) (#22)
    by CST on Fri May 01, 2009 at 10:39:06 AM EST
    If K.G. is gonna suit up for game 7.  You know he wants to.

    Here is the letter, dated today. (none / 0) (#25)
    by oculus on Fri May 01, 2009 at 03:04:11 PM EST
    Very legalistic.  Who knew Supreme Court justices "rise" at the end of each term!