WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – The following is a transcript of the radio address by President Bush to the nation:
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Last October, I was proud to nominate Judge
Sam Alito to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United
States. This week, Judge Alito testified before the Senate Judiciary
Committee, and the American people saw a man of character and intelligence.
He forthrightly answered questions with grace and composure, and showed his
personal humility and legal brilliance — qualities that have made him one of
America’s most accomplished and respected judges.
In his opening statement to the Committee, Judge Alito offered an eloquent
description of the proper role of a judge. He put it this way: “A judge
cannot have any agenda, a judge cannot have any preferred outcome in any
particular case. The judge’s only obligation is to the rule of law. In every
single case, the judge has to do what the law requires.”
Judge Alito has embodied this understanding of a judge’s proper role
throughout his distinguished career. He has participated in thousands of
appeals, and he has authored hundreds of opinions. His record shows that he
strictly and fairly interprets the Constitution and laws, and does not try to
legislate from the bench or impose his personal preference on the people. As
the American people saw this week, Judge Alito always approaches the law in a
thoughtful, fair, and open-minded way.
Throughout his life, Sam Alito has demonstrated a mastery of the law,
great decency, and a strong commitment to public service. As a young man, he
wore his country’s uniform in the Army Reserve, and achieved the rank of
Captain. Early in his legal career, he worked as a federal prosecutor. As
Assistant to the Solicitor General, Sam Alito argued 12 cases before the
Supreme Court. He later served in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal
Counsel, where he provided constitutional advice for the President and the
In 1987, President Reagan named Sam Alito the United States Attorney for
the District of New Jersey — the top federal prosecutor in one of the
Nation’s largest federal districts. The Senate confirmed him by unanimous
consent. In this important post, Sam Alito showed a passionate commitment to
justice and the rule of law, and earned a reputation for being both tough and
fair. He moved aggressively against white-collar and environmental crimes,
drug trafficking, organized crime, and violations of civil rights. In 1990,
President Bush nominated Sam Alito for the United States Court of Appeals for
the Third Circuit, and the Senate once again confirmed him by unanimous
consent. He’s served with distinction on that court for 15 years, and he has
more prior judicial experience than any Supreme Court nominee in more than 70
Sam Alito’s brilliance, integrity, and accomplishments have gained him
respect and praise from his colleagues and from attorneys across the political
spectrum. This week, fellow judges from the Third Circuit publicly testified
in support of his confirmation, and they praised his integrity and fairness.
The American Bar Association gave Judge Alito a unanimous rating of “well-
qualified” — the ABA’s highest possible rating. The ABA concluded that Judge
Alito meets “the highest standards” of “integrity, professional competence,
and judicial temperament.” In the past, leading Democratic senators have
called the ABA’s rating system the “gold standard” for judicial nominees.
During this week’s hearings and over the course of his career, Judge Alito
has demonstrated that he is eminently qualified to serve on our Nation’s
highest court. I’m grateful to Senator Arlen Specter for his superb work in
chairing the hearings. I also thank Judge Alito’s wife, Martha, and the Alito
children for their patience and dignity during the confirmation process.
Now the Senate has a duty to give Judge Alito a prompt up-or-down vote. I
look forward to the Senate voting to confirm Sam Alito as 110th Justice of the
Supreme Court. America is fortunate to have a man of his intellect and
integrity willing to serve, and as a Justice on our Nation’s highest court,
Sam Alito will make all Americans proud.
Thank you for listening.