the WHITE HOUSEPresident Barack Obama
Today, President Obama spoke on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
“Justice Scalia dedicated his life to the cornerstone of our democracy: the rule of law. Tonight, we honor his extraordinary service to our nation and remember one of the towering legal figures of our time.”
Watch his remarks:
FULL VIDEO: @POTUS on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. https://t.co/MgqEeftDp3
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 14, 2016
Vice President Joe Biden also shared his thoughts in the following statement:
“Jill and I send our deepest condolences to Maureen and the entire Scalia family on the loss of their beloved husband, father, and grandfather. Justice Scalia and I had fundamental disagreements about how the Supreme Court interprets the Constitution, but we shared a belief that sharp debates, tough questions, and deep respect for the adversarial process was an essential part of our judicial system and our democracy. Thatâ€™s how our rule of lawâ€”forged with the deep principles and convictions of justices, and laid out in majority decisions and minority dissentsâ€”becomes the model for the world. For the country, Justice Scalia will be remembered as one of our most influential justices, who inspired and challenged generations of students, clerks, lawyers, and judges. And for so many, he will be remembered as a mentor, dear friend, and a man devoted to his faith and his family, who will miss him most of all, and who we will keep in our prayers.”