Just hours after Republicans decided that they wanted to deny Obama the power of the presidency — even suggesting that he should not nominate someone, President Obama announced that he would nominate a replacement for Justice Scalia. After paying tribute to Justice Scalia’s legacy, President Obama said, “Obviously, today is a time to remember Justice Scalia’s legacy. I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities in due time.” Raining on conservative obstruction dreams, Obama continued, “There will plenty of time for me to do so, and for the Senate to fulfill it’s responsibility to give that person a fair hearing and a timely vote.” The President reminded Republicans that this isn’t a game, “These are responsibilities that I take seriously as should everyone. They’re bigger than any one party.”
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.