Transcript: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen

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.

GEORGE WILL, ABC NEWS: If he picks Sotomayor, he'll be in the awkward position, I think, of having her hearings begin in July and she having just been overturned on an important case, the New Haven firefighters affirmative action case. Let me just set the scene by saying what worries me about what he said and what worries me about what the conservatives are saying. He has said the court has to stand up if no one else will. Now, that's a view of the court that if the political system is failing to solve social problems, the court must do it in its unresponsive and hence more liberated exercise of power.

He's also said he wants justices with a broad vision of what America should be. Combing those two you have approximately the way Justice Taney decided the Dred Scott case. He said, I have a vision of America in which black people have no rights that whites are bound to respect. And I am going to solve the secession crisis because no one else will.

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