Transcript: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen

What do you want on this Memorial Day weekend? What do you want Americans to know about what the military is going through? And what do you want them to reflect on?

MULLEN: Well, we do have a force that's pressed very, very hard. That said, they're the best military I've ever been associated with in my 41 years of wearing the uniform. They have performed incredibly. I would like America to remember those who have served and those that we've lost and their families.

I would like to -- there's tremendous resolve in our military. We're fighting two wars, and the goal to win and succeed in these wars is resonant throughout our military and the capability to do that. And that we -- and that we are resolved as a country to support those who have given so much. Those who have fallen, families of the fallen, and those who have been wounded.

And communities throughout the land reach out to these young people who have gone forward, sacrificed greatly, and have rich lives that they look forward to even though their path on getting there may have changed because they've been wounded, injuries seen and unseen.

But they're great Americans, and we need to take care of them.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And we will remember all of that tomorrow. Admiral Mullen, thank you very much.

MULLEN: Thank you, George.

STEPHANOPOULOS: The roundtable is next with George Will, Donna Brazile, E.J. Dionne, and David Brooks.

And later, the "Sunday Funnies."


DAVID LETTERMAN, HOST, "THE LATE SHOW": The speech went over pretty well. I mean, Cheney was interrupted five times by applause and 50 times by people screaming, stop, I'll tell you everything!





OBAMA: I want somebody who obviously has a clear sense of our Constitution and its history and is committed to fidelity to the law, is going to make their decisions based on the law that's in front of them. What I want is not just Ivory Tower learning. I want somebody who has the intellectual firepower but also a little bit of a common touch and has a practical sense of how the world works.


STEPHANOPOULOS: President Obama laying out a little more detail, what he's looking for in a Supreme Court justice. That was to Steve Scully of C-SPAN on Friday. Here to talk about it on the "Roundtable" I'm joined as always by George Will, David Brooks of "The New York Times," E.J. Dionne of "The Washington Post" and welcome back to Donna Brazile.

And George, the thing about the president's qualifications are they could apply to just about anyone on his supposed short list. Let's show the viewers the short list right now. Getting the most scrutiny from the White House. Elena Kagan, former dean of Harvard Law School. Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals up in New York. She would of course be the first Latina justice on the court Judge Diane Wood out of Chicago and the Appeals Court of Chicago and also taught with President Obama at the University of Chicago Law School. George, all three of those candidates have already drawn a lot of fire from conservatives.

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