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Obama Says He’s Required to ‘Maintain Faith With Our Founders’

from CNSnews:

In his weekly address released today, President Barack Obama said that Supreme Court Justices are supposed to apply “the principles written into our founding documents.”

“The men and women who sit on the Supreme Court safeguard our rights,” Obama said. “They ensure that ours is a system of laws, not of men. And they’re given the essential task of applying the principles written into our founding documents to the most challenging questions of today.

“So this is a duty I take very seriously,” Obama said. “It requires me to set aside short-term politics in order to maintain faith with our founders.”

Here is the complete text of Obama’s address:

Hi, everybody.  One of the most consequential responsibilities our Constitution grants a President is appointing a Supreme Court Justice.  The men and women who sit on the Supreme Court safeguard our rights.  They ensure that ours is a system of laws, not of men.  And they’re given the essential task of applying the principles written into our founding documents to the most challenging questions of today. 

So this is a duty I take very seriously.  It requires me to set aside short-term politics in order to maintain faith with our founders.  And on Wednesday, after weeks of consultations with Republicans, Democrats, and leaders across the country, I selected a nominee whose unmatched experience and integrity have earned him the respect and admiration of both parties – Chief Judge Merrick Garland.

Judge Garland grew up in my hometown of Chicago, with parents who taught him to work hard and deal fairly.  As a young lawyer, he left a lucrative private firm to work for half as much in public service.  Eventually, he oversaw the federal response to the Oklahoma City bombing, working side-by-side with first responders, victims, and their families to bring justice for an unspeakable crime.  And everywhere he went during that investigation, he carried with him in his briefcase the program from the memorial service with each of the victims’ names inside.

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