The New York Post
May 17, 2010

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President Obama’s pick of Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court got a surprise stamp of approval today from former First Lady Laura Bush.

“I think it’s great. I’m really glad that there will be three [women on the Supreme Court] if she is confirmed,” Bush said of Kagan, who faces tough Republican opposition to her replacing retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

“I like to have women on the Supreme Court,” Bush said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“I just like women to be represented in all parts of American political and civic life.” Bush’s husband, former President George W. Bush, never elevated a woman to the Supreme Court.

After Justice Sandra Day-O’Connor announced her retirement in 2005, President Bush tapped Judge John Roberts as her replacement. But Roberts was ultimately confirmed to replace deceased Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

Bush then picked White House Counsel Harriet Miers to replace Day-O’Connor, but she withdrew her nomination because of fierce opposition from both parties. His next male pick, Judge Samuel Alito, won confirmation in January 2006.

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