WH Print Pool 13

From: "Jackson, Herbert"
Date: January 31, 2017 at 8:46:21 PM EST
Subject: WH Print Pool 13

POTUS took the podium at about 8:02 and was out of the East Room by 8:14.

Remarks were on TV, so won’t be recounted here.

POTUS paid respects to memory of late Justice Antonin Scalia, said the selection Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of 10th Circuit Court of Appeals was possibly the most transparent in history, since POTUS had released a list of potential candidates during the presidential campaign.

“Millions of voters said this was the single most important issue when they voted for me for president. I am a man of my word. I will do as I say. something that the American people have been asking for from Washington for a very, very long time.”

POTUS said he was moved by the fact that a youthful justice could serve 50 years and his or her rulings could last a century, and can often be permanent.

“Judge Gorsuch has  outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline and has earned bipartisan support. When he was nominated to the 10th Circuit court of appeals, he was confirmed by the Senate unanimously,” POTUS said.

“Can you believe that,” POTUS interjected, to applause. “Does that happen any more?”

He cited Gorsuch’s education and legal service, saying it was “as good as it gets.”

He thanked the Senate leadership and said, “I only hope both Democrats and Republicans can come together for once for the good of the country.”

Gorsuch took the podium, saying that “standing here in this house of history” he was “acutely aware of my own imperfections.”

Along with his colleagues on the 10th Circuit, he heaped praise on justices he worked under, including Byron White and Anthony Kennedy.

“Practicing in the trial work trenches of the law, I saw too that when we judges don our robes, it doesn't make us any smarter. But it does serve as a reminder of what's expected of us: impartiality and independence, collegiality and courage,” Gorsuch said.

He said he looked forward to talking to senators on both sides of the aisle.

Herb Jackson

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