Obama and Biden made a pre-inaugural visit to the Supreme Court.
President-elect Barack Obama paid a visit Wednesday to the Supreme Court and chatted in front of a fireplace with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., a fellow Harvard law graduate whose confirmation he opposed three years ago.
The two will meet again at noon Tuesday, when the chief justice gives the oath of the office to the incoming president.
Wednesday's meeting was described as a relaxed, get-acquainted session. It included Roberts, seven associate justices and Vice President-elect Joe Biden.
The absence of Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., who was at the court Wednesday morning for arguments in two cases, was a mystery. He has, however, voiced lingering anger over Senate Democrats, including Obama and Biden, who voted against his confirmation three years ago. When walking on Capitol Hill, Alito has said, he crosses to the far side of the street whenever he nears the Senate Office Building.
Alito, needs to get a grip. Politics is politics. It is nothing personal, but business and if he is angry three years later, how can he possibly make constructive interpretations of the law on the court?