Obama Not Interested in Serving on Supreme Court Despite Clinton Enthusiasm

PHOTO: White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington on Nov. 5, 2015. PlaySusan Walsh/AP Photo
WATCH Hillary Clinton Open to Appointing Obama to the Supreme Court

President Obama is not interested in being a Supreme Court Justice after he leaves the White House, despite Hillary Clinton loving the idea of appointing him were she elected president.

“His aspirations for his post-presidency extend beyond a Supreme Court appointment,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told ABC News Thursday.

“I think as a constitutional lawyer that the president… would have plenty of things and plenty of ideas for how he would do a job like that. But I think his preferences for how he wants to spend his time after he leaves the White House would lie in areas that would give him the opportunity to handle a wider range of issues than just those issues that come before the court,” he said.

While the president has not ruled it out entirely, he previously told the New Yorker he thinks the Court is “too monastic” for him.

At a campaign event on Tuesday, Clinton was asked if she would consider appointing Obama to the Court is she becomes president.

“I love that!” she said.

“I would certainly take that under advisement,” she said. “I mean, he’s brilliant, and he can set forth an argument, and he was a law professor, so he has the credentials.”