Supreme Court nominee sold his comics to pay for law school

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?

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