January 9, 2006: Transcript: Bush Wishes Alito Well (AP)

  • Sam’s got the intellect necessary to bring a lot of class to that Court. He’s got a judicial temperament necessary to make sure that the Court is a body that interprets the law and doesn’t try to write the law. And so I’m looking forward to your hearings. I know the American people will be impressed, just like I have been impressed and a lot of other members of the Senate have been impressed.
  • And my hope, of course, is that the American people will be impressed by the process. It’s very important that members of the Senate conduct a dignified hearing. The Supreme Court is a dignified body; Sam is a dignified person. And my hope, of course, is that the Senate bring dignity to the process and give this man a fair hearing and an up or down vote on the Senate floor.