January 14th, 2009
12:04 PM ET

Supreme Court to Obama: Drop by!

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Bill Mears
CNN Supreme Court Producer

In a letter obtained by CNN, Chief Justice Roberts last month made the personal overture for Obama and Biden to visit the Supreme Court.

Roberts wrote Dec. 5 that previous presidents-elect had a meeting with the Court before taking office as a courtesy, "so that colleagues in public srvice might become better acquainted."

"The Associate Justices and I would be pleased to see that sporadic practice become a congenial tradition," said Roberts. "We cordially invite you and Vice-President-elect Biden to visit us at the Supreme Court."

"You will receive a warm welcome," Roberts promised.

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

The court indicated that recent meetings at the court were suggested by the incoming president, and Roberts' personal invitation is a change in that precedent.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Supreme Court
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Olivia

    That sounds like a very sweet and honest gesture. After all, those 9 are one third of the power of the United States...

    January 14, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  2. earle,florida

    Oh,by the way bring the your check book? Why,you ask? I want a raise!

    January 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  3. Stuart Ciske

    But they didn't invite Gore...........

    January 14, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  4. Joanne, Solvay, NY

    Yes, it does seem to smack of irony! However, the obligatory and informational visit is a must for PE Obama and VPE Biden.

    January 14, 2009 at 12:28 pm |