May 23, 2009: Obama looking for common touch in next justice (AP)

  • “Actually I can’t tell you the number of women, including Michelle, who say choose the person you think is going to be best,” he said. “If I end up having more than one nominee, I am pretty confident that it would be reflective there of some diversity. I think in any given pick, my job is to just find somebody who I think is going to make a difference on the courts and look after the interest of the American people. And so, I don’t feel weighed down by having to choose a Supreme Court Justice based on demographics.”
  • But he quickly added: “I certainly think that ultimately we want a Supreme Court that is reflective of the incredible variety of the American people.”