Few would argue that Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, isn’t qualified for the job. After all, he served as a clerk to Justice William Brennan, worked as a federal prosecutor, and now sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. And, it turns out, he’s a one-time comic book fan.
“He put himself through Harvard Law School by working as a tutor, by stocking shoes in a shoe store, and in what is always a painful moment for any young man, by selling is comic book collection,” Obama said this morning during a Rose Garden ceremony announcing Garland’s nomination. “It’s tough. Been there.”
Although Obama, a one-time collector of Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics, has embraced his geekdom time and again, even doing battle with a pint-sized wall-crawler in the Oval Office, he probably focused on Merrick’s legal career, and not his nerd cred, when making his decision.
Now let’s just hope that if the Republican-controlled Senate budges and grants Merrick a confirmation hearing, he’s not asked about one of the most divisive issues facing our nation today: DC or Marvel?