For almost thirty years, President Obama said, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Nino Scalia was a "larger than life presence on the bench." Obama called Scalia, with whom he had fundamental philosophical differences, a "brilliant legal mind with an energetic style, incisive wit and colorful opinions."
Obama acknowledged that Scalia's work "influenced a generation" and that he "profoundly shaped the legal landscape." Obama praised the civil servant Scalia who "dedicated his life" to "a cornerstone of our democracy, the rule of law." Obama then went on to say he intends to fulfill his constitutional duty -- "in due time" -- to nominate a successor to Scalia. This promise is already expected to meet resistance bordering on insurrection.
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