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VC Photo Caption Contest:
bobh (mail):
"OK, now you swear ME in!"
9.9.2009 1:48pm
FantasiaWHT:
And I told him, 'No, your other right!"
9.9.2009 1:48pm
DavidBernstein (mail):
Sorry, Mr.President, I'm not going to retire for another FOUR years.
9.9.2009 1:50pm
Frog Leg (mail):
Sotomayor: "That's me in the corner. In the spotlight."
9.9.2009 1:50pm
Dilan Esper (mail) (www):
Hey, who let HIM in?
9.9.2009 1:50pm
Disintelligentsia (mail):
"Looks like a nice gig. Before I'm done, I think I'll appoint myself."
9.9.2009 1:51pm
ASlyJD (mail):
Obama: "I don't look like those other guys in this room."
Thomas: "Oh really?"
9.9.2009 1:51pm
PeteP:
All my 9 be-atches, in cute li'l black dresses.....
9.9.2009 1:51pm
Pete Freans (mail):
Justice Alito to Justice Thomas: "He thinks that's funny? Just wait until we find his czars and health care proposals unconsitutional...he won't be laughing then."
9.9.2009 1:53pm
ruuffles (mail) (www):
The other photo also seems like a good candidate
photo
9.9.2009 1:53pm
OrinKerr:
Kennedy: "You may be the One, but I am Number Five."
9.9.2009 1:53pm
MJD:
Kennedy: You should have asked me. I'm good at it. See!

[Meanwhile]

Alito: I don't care what our decisions say, I still don't like being around ...their kind.
Thomas: Uhh...who? Blacks? Sam...I...uh...
Alito: Democrats.
Thomas: Oh, yeah. Me too.
9.9.2009 1:54pm
krs:
"Fidelio is the password--for admittance. But, may I ask, what is the password--for the house?"
9.9.2009 1:56pm
Andy L.:
"I guess I didn't get the memo on the whole black robe thing."
9.9.2009 1:57pm
krs:
AMK: No, come on... hit my hand. I'll leave it right here.
9.9.2009 1:57pm
Archon (mail):
"Who is that black guy in back there in the corner? I thought I appointed the first minority ever to the court?"
9.9.2009 1:59pm
SeaDrive:
Not a caption, but the President's crossed-arms posture seems strangely self-protective.
9.9.2009 2:02pm
Disintelligentsia (mail):
BHO: "Hey, if you guys ever have any problems knowing how to come down on a case, give me a call. I'm a constitutional law scholar. Really, I am." He chuckles to himself in a self-pleased fashion.

Kennedy raises his palm to execute the Five-Point-Palm Exploding-Heart Technique taught to him by his old master, Pai Mei.
9.9.2009 2:04pm
Dan Schmutter:
Kennedy: "So I told Ruth that this meeting isn't until 5:00"
9.9.2009 2:07pm
Cato The Elder (mail) (www):
Alito to Clarence Thomas: "Damn, homie, looks like we've got a new Head Nigga In Charge."
9.9.2009 2:08pm
http://volokh.com/?exclude=davidk,davidb:
"Wait, who stepped on Justice Ginsburg?"
9.9.2009 2:09pm
SuperSkeptic:
*knock knock* . . . "Sonia, let me in!" - Ginsburg
9.9.2009 2:10pm
Anderson (mail):
"Swing *vote*, Mr. President -- not swingER!"
9.9.2009 2:10pm
Curt Fischer:
So far I think krs wins the thread.
9.9.2009 2:12pm
Cato The Elder (mail) (www):
"As always with the man, Nino chooses to dance to his own tune."
9.9.2009 2:12pm
DNL (mail):
Not a caption, and please note I actually like Scalia, but could he look MORE like a Sith lord??
9.9.2009 2:13pm
Cato The Elder (mail) (www):

"Fidelio is the password--for admittance. But, may I ask, what is the password--for the house?"

NICE.
9.9.2009 2:13pm
Dilan Esper (mail) (www):
Not a caption, and please note I actually like Scalia, but could he look MORE like a Sith lord??

Join me, young Barack, and together we can rule the universe. Feel the power of the dark side.
9.9.2009 2:15pm
mrcausality:
Scalia (to self): "Nobody likes me. Maybe if I pout near the president he will notice and say something my way."
9.9.2009 2:16pm
KMS:
As you certainly know by now, the median justice on a 5-member court is the fifth one; I don't care what David told you when he retired.
9.9.2009 2:17pm
Dan Schmutter:
"No matter how many times I see that invisible box thing you do, Tony, it still cracks me up."
9.9.2009 2:18pm
cdubya (mail) (www):
"He does seem to be clenching..."
9.9.2009 2:18pm
Highmesa (mail):
"See, there's nothing up my sleeve."
9.9.2009 2:18pm
Nick B (mail):
"Trouble."
9.9.2009 2:20pm
Houston Lawyer:
Scalia:

I bet I can get out of that door without anyone noticing.
9.9.2009 2:22pm
einhverfr (mail) (www):
"President Obama tells his first joke to a Supreme Court Justice"
9.9.2009 2:22pm
Kimball (mail):
talk to the hand.
9.9.2009 2:23pm
Cato The Elder (mail) (www):
"Observe how deftly Joe Biden maneuvers to bridge years of ideological and jurisprudential divide with quick wit and a first-rate legal mind."
9.9.2009 2:23pm
Dudeman (mail):
The President and Supreme Court Justices welcoming Sotomayor to "The Old Boys Club."
9.9.2009 2:24pm
MAM:
Clarence: "Damn, I was counting on this never happening!"
9.9.2009 2:24pm
wfjag:
That's right Mr. President. We voted and decided that YOU get to tell her that when we meet, she has to hold the door open for the rest of us.
9.9.2009 2:28pm
Cato The Elder (mail) (www):
"Now, Barack, we can't have you coming in here and messing up a good thing. You know I run things here. You stay on your turf, and I'll stay on mine. I know we understand each other -- and to be sure of we do, I'll make sure to toss you a couple of bones from time to time."
9.9.2009 2:29pm
Cato The Elder (mail) (www):
Strike "of".
9.9.2009 2:29pm
MAM:
Clarence: "Can a Justice be charged with harassment? I'm gonna ask my clerks to research this. Sonia is caliente!"
9.9.2009 2:31pm
Ignatius:
Kennedy: "I voted against you in November. I am voting against McCain tomorrow."
9.9.2009 2:34pm
MAM:
AK: "So you preferred Michael when he was with the Jackson Five, too. I'm gonna miss him and Tito."
9.9.2009 2:37pm
Lorenzo St. DuBois:
Next time they call you a Nazi, just raise your hand like this and lisp, "Achtung, baby!"
9.9.2009 2:37pm
peterepeat (mail):
"I knew it Tony, I knew it. You were drunk when you wrote Lawrence v. Texas. That explains a lot."
9.9.2009 2:39pm
U.Va. Grad:

Alito: I don't care what our decisions say, I still don't like being around ...their kind.
Thomas: Uhh...who? Blacks? Sam...I...uh...
Alito: Democrats.
Thomas: Oh, yeah. Me too.


Reminds me of my favorite line from the original version of The Day the Earth Stood Still: "People my foot! They're Democrats!"
9.9.2009 2:40pm
MAM:
Obama to Kennedy -- "Yup, Richard Pryor was the bomb."
9.9.2009 2:42pm
doug1976 (mail):
To Obama's delight and surprise, Kennedy blows it up after a fist bump
9.9.2009 2:42pm
PhilMillen:
Oogum, Oogum, Boogum, Boogum, Boogum
9.9.2009 2:43pm
CaDan (mail):
"The President had the good grace to smile at Justice Kennedy's rendition of 'The Rule Against Perpetuities' set to the tune of 'My Darling Clementine.'"
9.9.2009 2:47pm
Cato The Elder (mail) (www):
"The history of the Thomas-Sotomayor rivalry is a storied one and extremely interesting to recall. As you can see here, almost as soon as they had set eyes upon each other they were immediately engaged in a fierce battle of wills. The late Thomas later remarked in his memoirs that for the first time since his installation on the Court he felt that he had finally been gifted a worthwhile intellectual adversary -- namely, himself, in reflected guise."
9.9.2009 2:51pm
JH (mail):
"No, Mister President, just because we have lifetime appointments doesn't mean you get one too."
9.9.2009 2:52pm
Arkady:
Justice Kennedy: "And then, get this, it was posted on Volokh!"
9.9.2009 2:53pm
peterepeat (mail):
"Whoa, Mr. President. Adding six justices to the court is NOT a good idea."
9.9.2009 2:56pm
badlaw (mail):
"Barack Obama: Even in a room with people more powerful than him, he's still the center of attention."
9.9.2009 3:08pm
Cato The Elder (mail) (www):
OK, last one:

"Anyone seen Nino? Ah, there he--"

"Breyer, this is not the Associate Justice you're looking for."
9.9.2009 3:16pm
Haakon:
President Obama, "My intelligence has no match! Even here, I am the smartest person in the room."
9.9.2009 3:23pm
NickM (mail) (www):
We split into groups smaller than 5 for everything. Why would you think opinions would be any different?




Nick
9.9.2009 3:27pm
Dave N (mail):
"Remember, when you hear Ruth coming, hide."
9.9.2009 3:31pm
guy in a veal calf office (mail) (www):
Find Ginsburg
9.9.2009 3:39pm
CJColucci:
I couldn't think of anything good either, but at least I recognized the fact.
9.9.2009 3:44pm
Voice of Reason:
President Obama: " I always get a little nervous standing in a room surrounded by guys in long robes."
9.9.2009 3:46pm
mr_liberal:
Biden to Roberts, "Just read it off a damn card the next time, k?"
9.9.2009 3:49pm
LaborEmpAtty (mail):
Breyer to Biden: "Joe, don't take this the wrong way, but is Syracuse Law accredited by the American Bar Association?"
9.9.2009 3:53pm
Widmerpool:
"That's pretty nifty Justice Kennedy making the constitution disappear, but can you do this noise with your hand and your armpit?"
9.9.2009 3:56pm
SSD (mail):
Thomas: "Thomas zug zug Sotomayor".
Sotomayor: "Sotomayor alunda Ginsburg".
9.9.2009 4:02pm
Sarcastro (www):
Breyer: *sigh* that should be me step dancing with Obama!
9.9.2009 4:05pm
Putting Two and Two...:
"While President Obama and the other Justices engaged in conversation, Justices Scalia and Thomas trudged about the room in dejected shuffles, mumbling to themselves."
9.9.2009 4:19pm
JK:
I'm not usually a fan of Cato, but he's putting out some real gold here.
9.9.2009 4:20pm
first history:
"Remember--For any birth certificate questions, the answer is No Standing!"
9.9.2009 4:30pm
Widmerpool:
"Breyer, stop giving me that look, I just want to put something in your underwear."
9.9.2009 4:42pm
Steve:
I'm not sure it's permitted to win one's own caption contest, but I like Prof. Kerr's the best.
9.9.2009 4:54pm
Dave N (mail):
Not on topic but related:

Who is the white-haired guy in the business suit with his back to the camera (and evidently chatting with the Chief Justice)?
9.9.2009 4:58pm
wfjag:

Who is the white-haired guy in the business suit with his back to the camera (and evidently chatting with the Chief Justice)?

He's the Marlboro Man -- the man who tells the Justices how to vote and who actually controls the President, Congress, DoD, State, the CIA, FBI and all other important government functions. Bloody stupid letting himself be photographed when meeting with the President and the SCOTUS. You'll notice Dave that you were the only one to notice in nearly 80 comments. That problem will be resolved in 5, . . .4, . . .3, . . .
9.9.2009 5:06pm
Pete Freans (mail):
Justice Alito to Justice Thomas: "He thinks that's funny? Just wait until we find his czars and health care proposals unconsitutional...he won't be laughing then."

"unconstitutional", rather...
9.9.2009 5:07pm
Kharn (mail):
Dave N:
I'd assume that is Biden.
9.9.2009 5:08pm
Keith Jackson:
"Even in photographs, Alito and Thomas always seemed to drift to the far right ..."
9.9.2009 5:17pm
FelixW:
Robert's thinks, while Biden talks, and talks:


(I can't back away any further!?!)
9.9.2009 5:20pm
Chris 24601 (mail) (www):
"What's the most important number at the Supreme Court? Five."

Or is that the same joke as Orin's?
9.9.2009 5:28pm
LaborEmpAtty:
Roberts to Biden: "I'm trying to get the inside scoop for TMZ. Do you and Kenny Rogers use the same plastic surgeon?"
9.9.2009 5:41pm
Ariel:
"None of the conservative justices were willing to turn their backs to Obama..."
9.9.2009 6:02pm
Frank Drackman (mail):
Not to speak ill of the dead, but what the heck, What was the deal with Chief Justice Rehnquists custom Robe??? Looked almost as bad as Ted Kennedy's Godfather hat...
9.9.2009 6:12pm
bettereditor (mail):
"where all the white women at?"
9.9.2009 6:13pm
Prof. S. (mail):
AMK: "Seriously? I mean, you havne't heard it once? You know, 5... 5 dollar... 5 dollar foot loooonnnnnggg.... How have you not seen those commercials?"

AMK: "Okay, Mr. President, stop me if you've heard this one. 'What did the 5 fingers say to da' face?'"

Roberts: "Psst... hey guys, see Sonia back there? I convinced her that we don't have Westlaw access and actually use those books back there. DO NOT tell her."
9.9.2009 6:15pm
Honduran Ambassador:
AMK - "So get this, I read that the Supreme Court in Honduras order the arrest of the President down there because he wanted to violate the Constitution. So I asked myself, who would be the swing vote on that? And the answer of course is ME!"
9.9.2009 6:24pm
Matt Eric:
"My God, now he's indoctrinating the Supreme Court!"
9.9.2009 6:32pm
SFH (mail):
"If one Sith Lord can take over a galaxy, just imagine what ten of us can do!"
9.9.2009 6:34pm
Splunge:
"Except for Justice Scalia, who immediately closed his eyes and began counting, the Supreme Court was not particularly enthused by the suggestion from Justice Thomas of a quick game of hide-and-seek to break the ice."
9.9.2009 6:34pm
Michael B. (mail):
Anthony backs away while President Obama fails to notice Antonin peeing on his shoes.
9.9.2009 6:42pm
Brian G (mail) (www):
Scalia (to self): "Nobody likes me. Maybe if I pout near the president he will notice and say something my way."

mrcausality,

You need to get out the leftist cocoon and go out and watch Scalia speak somewhere. You'll find he is quite beloved outside of the ACLU, NAMBLA, and HRW clubhouses.
9.9.2009 6:49pm
Reg Dunlop:
"And so by that point I just couldn't help myself - swear to God I actually wrote '...the right to define one's concept of existence, of the universe, and of the mystery of ha...ha....human life.'

"Check out Nino, he's still pissed."
9.9.2009 7:15pm
Reg Dunlop:
"OK, well that's different - as long as the 10 of US can keep our current doctors and health plan."
9.9.2009 7:21pm
Dave N (mail):
Adding to Honduran Ambassador:

"Say, you won't order MY removal if I violate the U.S. Constitution, will you?"
9.9.2009 7:23pm
Oren:

You need to get out the leftist cocoon and go out and watch Scalia speak somewhere. You'll find he is quite beloved outside of the ACLU, NAMBLA, and HRW clubhouses.

The ACLU usually likes Scalia for his consistent approach to civil liberties. Kyllo!
9.9.2009 7:24pm
BT:
Justice Kennedy to Obama and Thomas, Gentlemen you take five steps, turn and fire!!!!
9.9.2009 7:31pm
Splunge:
"Justice Scalia approaches the President after his heavy meal of beans and garlic. Only Justice Thomas, who turned out to be in on the joke, was fully prepared for the chaos that erupted."
9.9.2009 7:37pm
Nunzio:
President Obama pretends to engage Justice Kennedy while out of the corner of his eye he longs for a drag of the cigarette that Justice Scalia is lighting.
9.9.2009 7:40pm
Leo Marvin (mail):
"Hmmm... I definitely liked the gladiator outfits better. OK, just for fun, the next time I blink you'll all be wearing pink tutus."
9.9.2009 8:14pm
Leo Marvin (mail):
"This is a great piece. Very thought provoking. I like the sort of ending that leaves it open to personal input. Makes it work for just about everyone I think. Nicely done! I'll subscribe."
9.9.2009 8:22pm
Michael T. Drake (mail) (www):
How many astrosign medallions can you wear? Next time, try five of them!
9.9.2009 8:27pm
jccamp (mail):
Roberts: Great piece!
Biden: Thought provoking.
Breyer: Works for me, too.
Sotomayor: I'll subscribe!
Thomas: Hmmm. Open to personal input?
BHO: Laughs
Kennedy: And then I signed it 'Cheap Jordan Shoes' and sent it!

Alito: (to himself) Putzes.
9.9.2009 10:06pm
MoreLikely:
Scalia: "Ok, on three: one...two..three...E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!"
---------------------------
Kennedy: "And so I'm all like 'OMG, he did not.'"
Stevens: "Get out!"
Obama: "Ha! Seriously?"
9.9.2009 10:07pm
Sitnah:
So, Harvard, Harvard, Harvard, Yale, Harvard, Northwestern, Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Harvard, and... where did Joe go? Syracuse? Was that overseas or something?
9.9.2009 10:09pm
jccamp (mail):
Oops, sorry Leo. Great minds and all that.

JC
9.9.2009 10:24pm
Leo Marvin (mail):
jc, :)
9.9.2009 10:49pm
TJIC (www):
Sorry for that bow, guys - I saw the robes and thought that you were foreign heads of state!
9.9.2009 11:05pm
ChrisTS (mail):
Leo Marvin (mail):
"This is a great piece. Very thought provoking. I like the sort of ending that leaves it open to personal input. Makes it work for just about everyone I think. Nicely done! I'll subscribe."

TA DA! ( and jccamp, too)
9.9.2009 11:51pm
Jeff Walden (www):
I also think Orin Kerr wins his own thread. Lorenzo St. DuBois, Sarcastro, Splunge, and (regrettably) Reg Dunlop also do well.
9.10.2009 2:24am
Dudeman (mail):

He's the Marlboro Man -- the man who tells the Justices how to vote and who actually controls the President, Congress, DoD, State, the CIA, FBI and all other important government functions. Bloody stupid letting himself be photographed when meeting with the President and the SCOTUS. You'll notice Dave that you were the only one to notice in nearly 80 comments. That problem will be resolved in 5, . . .4, . . .3, . . .



Dick Cheney?
9.10.2009 10:04am
Tom B (www):
President Obama lightheartedly accepts Justice Ginsburg's apology for Justice Kennedy's reenactment of the Jive Dudes scene from Airplane.
9.10.2009 10:19am
Kristoffer V. Sargent (mail):
"It's called The Stranger, Mr. President, and it works."
9.10.2009 12:12pm
Andrew Hamilton (mail):
Alright, last but best:

Kennedy: "How many fingers am I holding up?"
9.10.2009 4:08pm
Ray (mail):
Nine Rings for Mortal Men Doomed to Die
One for the Dark Lord on his Dark Throne
9.10.2009 5:28pm
Tom952 (mail):
The lesser justices receive the new wise latina member.
9.10.2009 11:53pm
neurodoc:
Alito has observed that as the most junior member of the firm, he was always the last turned to in their conferences, and by the time he got to speak, his opinion was of either the utmost importance or none. I guess it is Sotomayor's opinion that will now be either of utmost importance or none.

(And I can't top most of the entries above, nor even match them, so not trying.)
9.11.2009 2:07am
neurodoc:
I do wonder if they ever take any of those reporters down off the shelf to consult, or they are all computer users.
9.11.2009 2:09am
neurodoc:
BTW, whose the guy standing between Robert and Breyer with his back to the camera, and why isn't the other lady justice in the picture?
9.11.2009 2:12am

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