Obama Praises Souter

It was apparently a quiet day in the West Wing: President Obama interrupted Robert Gibbs’ press briefing today to talk about the Supreme Court. Praising retiring Justice Souter as a “fair-minded and independent judge,” Obama went on to say that he will seek “someone who understands justice is not just about some abstract legal theory,” but about how laws affect Americans’ daily lives. Gibbs said that Obama will name someone “well before the end of July,” so that the person is seated by the time the Court’s new session begins.