OBAMA's SUPREME COURT NOMINEE Is a Comic Book Fan... Or Was?

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United States President Barack Obama's nominee for the now-vacant Supreme Court seat is a comic book fan -- or was. In a speech at the White House's Rose Garden, Obama talked about federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland's credentials and personality quirks. Amidst talking about Garland's collegiate years, he revealed that his nominee -- like Obama himself -- read comics as an adolescent.

"And 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," said Obama, prompting laughter from the audience. "It’s tough; been there."

No other details were given about Garland's apparent comic book acumen.

Time has the full transcript of Obama's speech here.

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