Reporter's Note: Every day I sit down to write a letter to President Obama, offering him my thoughts and suggestions. In turn, he sometimes gets a brief, faraway look in his eyes when he is making a speech and I think, “Hmmm. I wonder if he’s thinking of something I said.”
Tom Foreman | Bio
Dear Mr. President,
Forget about the economy, the military, health care, foreign affairs, or the NBA playoffs. Now you have something on your hands that requires real attention. It’s time to pick a new Supreme Court Justice. Wow! For all the exciting Presidential things you get to do, that’s got to be one of the best. I mean, obviously, aside from having traffic stopped for six blocks in all directions by Secret Service every time you want to go grab a burger; because I’m sure that’s pretty happening too.
Picking a player to fit into the SUPCO roster is big league, and I just know I would not be any good at it. First, I’d have a terrible urge to get funny, and people take this so seriously I’m sure they would fail to see the humor in my selection of Emeril. “Bam! We’re going to kick these rulings up a notch! In my opinion, you’re guilty of not enough flavor!”
Second, and more seriously, I don’t know whom I would trust enough to give him/her the job. My family, for example, has some great folks in it, but it would just be ethically wrong to give any relative the job, considering how many dealings we’ve had with the parole board. My friends? I’ve got some great ones, but none who would take the position even on a dare. Well, maybe Kevin would. But he’d get so goofy on the bench he’d make Emeril look like Scalia.
The mere fact that I have absolutely no business making such a choice however does not inhibit me from advising you on what to do. (BTW: This is very similar to my view of professional sports.)
Pick someone who inspires your faith in his or her intelligence, values, and decency.
Pick someone you respect even when you disagree with that person; so much that you’ll even consider the possibility that he/she is right and you are wrong.
Pick someone who does not care about politics.
Pick someone who reads a lot, and reads history in particular.
Pick someone with a good sense of humor.
Don’t pick me. I’m sure you are considering it, and I’m flattered, but trust me it would end badly for both of us.
That’s it, And frankly as I reread it, that’s not a bad list of qualities to seek in any person for any job. But of course you’ll be the judge of that. Ha!
Enjoy the weekend. Call if you get a moment. The in-laws are in town, so you know I can use the break.
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