Bill Clinton urges Obama to think young for Supreme Court
While playwright George Bernard Shaw argued youth is wasted on the young, former President Bill Clinton on Sunday urged President Barack Obama to put youth high on the list of attributes for the next United States Supreme Court nominee.
“I’d like to see him (President Barack Obama) put someone in their late 40s or early 50s on the court and someone, you know, with a lot of energy for the job,” Clinton said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Liberal Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, one of the oldest and longest-serving justices in history, announced earlier this month he would resign. Stevens celebrates his 90th birthday on April 20.
Clinton, 63, said he would enjoy sitting on the high court, but at his age did not think it would be a good idea and besides he loves the humanitarian work he is doing.
And he suggested that his wife, 62-year-old Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose name has been bandied about for a seat on the high court, would also “advise the president to appoint someone 10, 15 years younger.”
The former president, who served two terms during the 1990s, appointed two associate justices to the Supreme Court: Stephen Breyer at age 55 and Ruth Bader Ginsburg at age 60. John Roberts Jr., the current chief justice, was appointed by President George W. Bush at 50.
Photo Credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas (Clinton speaking at symposium)