Should we be counting our blessings Obama didn’t ‘nominate a black lesbian’ and, rather, took a more ‘diplomatic’ approach?
President Barack Obama has moved strategically to transform the nation’s courts with a more diverse cast of judicial appointments, he said on Thursday.
“But at no point did I say: ‘Oh, you know what? I need a black lesbian from Skokie in that slot. Can you find me one?’ he joked. “I mean, that’s just not how I’ve approached it.”
Taking questions from students at the University of Chicago Law School during a town hall discussion about the Supreme Court and U.S. judicial system, Obama said he doesn’t look at diversity on courts as filling a particular slot with a demographic. Rather, he broadens the pool of potential nominees and gives every candidate a fair look.