Justice Antonin Scalia had some kind words on Wednesday evening for President Barack Obama about the current nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

During his keynote address at the second annual Judge Thomas A. Flannery Lecture in Washington, D.C., Scalia told the several hundred people in the audience that he was “pleased to see the most recent nominee come from outside the federal judiciary and indeed the judiciary as a whole.” Elena Kagan is, of course, the U.S. solicitor general and has never been a state or federal judge.

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