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Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor says women should have been more vocal in urging President George W. Bush to replace her with a woman. “I’m surprised we didn’t hear from a lot of women,” O’Connor, 76, said on Sept. 7 during a “fireside chat” at the 10th Circuit Judicial Conference in Colorado Springs, Colo. Bush nominated Samuel Alito Jr. to replace O’Connor after his first pick, John Roberts Jr., was bumped up to chief justice and second-choice White House counsel Harriet Miers withdrew. O’Connor also reminisced about her late colleague from Colorado, Byron White. She recalled her first day as a justice in 1981 and her first handshake with White, who was known for his viselike grip. “I thought I was going to die,” she said. “It was so embarrassing. Tears spurted out of my eyes.” O’Connor reported that so far, her retirement has been busy with professional events. “I still haven’t caught a fish or played 18 holes of golf.”
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