speaker, i thought about the words of john quincy adams in the amistad case. he didn't think he had won the case. he was finishing. he was afraid he'd not done an adequate job defending these africans who should be free and should be free to go where they wanted without chains, without bondage. so he finished his argument by saying, this is john quincy adams, 1841, in the supreme court, as i cast my eyes along those seat seeths of honor and public trust, now open -- now occupied by you, talking to the supreme court in 1841, they seek in vain for one of those-ed and honorable persons who indulgence listened them to -- then to my voice. marshall, curbing, chase, washington, johnson, livingston, todd where are they? where's the eloquent statesman, learned lawyer who is my associate council in the management of that cause? where's that brilliant lumenary so long the pride of maryland and the american bar, then my opposing counsel, where is the excellent clerk of that day whose name has been inscribed on the shores of africa as a monument of his reports of the slav
those that did not, john adams and john quincy adams -- you dropped a nugget. when the white house was first there was non 1800 bathroom. jesse: the white house was not exactly the best place to live when it first opened. adams was not very happy to be in washington. he was happy to be president but when he moved into the white house, it was not exactly -- it was finished but not quite done. he could live in it. keep in mind, he did not have the slaves that everyone else had to finish the work on the white house. it -- a huge,d drafty mansion. he bathed in the potomac. exactly what we see now as the white house. brian: you talk about some kind of structure being built where i think slaves lived, right in the spot where andrew jackson's statue is across from the white house. jesse: when they were constructing the white house, the slaves had to live somewhere. over aroundhanties lafayette park. this was where the workman lived. there were quite a few other buildings around the white house that are not there now. i would love to see a map where all of these were.
john quincy adams, tyler, johnson, and rutherford b. them weree of elected. the people have spoken and the about thent is consequences of inaction and bringing uniformity to federal the eight person court to undermine that function. and there is an eight member court. set a precedent for the rest of the country. anday affect the decision leave conflicts in the lower court that are unresolved. length ofsed on the recent confirmation hearings. hear the would not first cases until 2017 after scalia's death. the final point is that the senate has a constitutional duty and the duty is to exercise power. the preamble tells us that a purpose is to establish justice and vacancy undermines that. plan -- itution one thinks of leaving executive appointments vacant, this is treated differently and, we established conventions. it has beenthat unchallenged since the days of the republic and it should guide the way. in light of the decision to give consideration to fill the vacancy, the responsibility here is clear. thank you. >> thank you very much. by the been joined sena
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