Justice Obama? 'Great Idea,' Says Clinton

She tells Iowa crowd she'd consider her former boss
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2016 7:21 AM CST
Hillary Clinton laughs during a rally in Marshalltown, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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(Newser) – From President Obama to Justice Obama? It could happen. Hillary Clinton says she would consider appointing Obama to the Supreme Court should she take his place in the Oval Office. Clinton looked pleased and a little surprised when a man at a campaign event in Deocorah, Iowa, asked her about the possibility on Tuesday. "Wow, what a great idea. No one has ever suggested that to me, I love that, wow," Clinton told a crowd of 450, noting the next president could appoint up to three justices, per ABC News. "I would certainly take that under advisement."

"I mean he's brilliant, and he can set forth an argument, and he was a law professor, so he's got all the credentials, but we would have to get a Democratic Senate to get him confirmed," Clinton added, per the Washington Post. Whether Obama himself is interested is another story. "I think being a justice is a little bit too monastic for me," he said in a 2014 interview with the New Yorker. "Particularly after having spent six years and what will be eight years in this bubble, I think I need to get outside a little bit more." He added, "I love teaching. I miss the classroom and engaging with students."

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