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Alito Takes Humorous Jab at Biden

Friday, 05 Dec 2008 07:33 PM

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Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito evidently still holds some resentment toward Vice President-elect Joseph Biden, one of the Democrats who grilled him at his confirmation hearing three years ago.

At a dinner for the American Spectator magazine on Wednesday, Alito made several humorous references to Biden, who withdrew from the 1988 presidential campaign after he was caught plagiarizing parts of a speech from a British politician, the New York Post reported.

Alito said he was about to quote liberally from a magazine article, and told the gathering: “In the spirit of the vice president-elect, I want to honor the copyright laws.”

He also said: “To coin a phrase, in the spirit of the vice president-elect, you can’t always get what you want, but you get what you need” — words from a Rolling Stones song.

He then added: “Did someone say that before?”

Both Biden and Barack Obama voted against Alito’s confirmation.

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