Obama's high court choice could be Hispanic, woman WASHINGTON President Barack Obama pledged Friday to name a Supreme Court justice who combines "empathy and understanding" with an impeccable legal background to succeed liberal David Souter, whose abrupt retirement announcement set off speculation the next justice could be a woman, a Hispanic or both. Obama, who will be making the first high court nomination by a Democrat in 15 years, pointedly referred to his plan to have "him or her" on the bench in time for the Supreme Court's session that begins the first Monday in October. "I will seek someone who understands that justice isn't about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a case book. It is also about how our laws affect the daily realities of people's lives," said the president in a surprise appearance in the White House Press Room moments after speaking with Souter by telephone. Word of the impending retirement had leaked Thursday night. Obama's high court choice could be Hispanic, woman it is not about the constitution, it is about how laws affect our daily realities..... so, according to obama, the constitution can be changed at anytime, according to our realities. kind of funny given libs want to say that the definition of torture is set in stone.