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Supreme Court nominee sold his comics to pay for law school

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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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I love that Obama’s a nerd fr some reason. Better than here in Australia, where our P{rime Minister is known for taking jogs and I think wearing tight underwear to the beach.

Just looking at that picture of Garland, I see a pain that won’t go away. Deep down, this man is still looking to rebuild his collection, but never will. There will always be that one issue he’ll never find again, that one trade long out of print, and he knows it. But alas, ’twas a sacrifice he’d make again. I salute you, sir.

Can you tell I’m procrastinating rn? :)

re Will: or he’s got a Comixology comic collection as long as your arm :)

If being a comic book fan is a qualification for the presidency and/or the Supreme Court, I guess this means CBR enthusiastically supports Ted Cruz. ;-)

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