Washington, D.C. — In record time, President Obama has named a successor to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) following the death of Supreme Court Justice, Anthony Scalia.
“In times like these, the nation must come together to grieve what it has lost,” said Obama in a press conference today, “and the best way to move forward is to fill the void as soon as possible and let the nation get back to business. To that end, I nominate, me. Barack Obama.”
Obama faces an uphill battle with his nomination, as the Republican-controlled House and Senate had pledged to block his nomination before knowing who it was.
“Obviously it didn’t matter who Obama nominated or what his qualifications were,” said Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, “there’s no way we would ever cooperate or in any way be reasonable. Now that Obama has nominated himself, well, there’s just no way this will ever even come to a vote.”
Several prominent liberals have cheered the move, focusing on Obama’s clear positions on contentious social issues likely to face the court in the next decade.
“President Obama took his time getting on board with the gay rights movement, but he’s there now and that’s what’s important,” said MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. “In the upcoming years we expect to see challenges to Citizens United, and we know Obama is on the right side of that issue,” she continued, referring to the Supreme Court case that declared corporations equal to citizens, thus removing many barriers to enormous campaign contributions.
While it’s unclear as to how President Obama expects this to end, what is clear is this will have a massive impact on the 2016 Presidential election.