The Democratic candidate responded to a question from a voter who had noted that the next U.S. president likely would have a number of appointments to make on the Supreme Court.
The voter asked if Obama might be one appointment if Clinton were to reach the White House.
Clinton responded that it was a great idea, while the crowd of more than 450 people roared their approval while applauding.
Clinton added that she would take the man’s question under advisement. She called Obama brilliant; he can put forth an argument; and was a successful law professor, so the definitely has the credentials needed. However, Clinton said there would be a need to have a Democratic Senate in Washington so Obama could be confirmed.
Laughingly, she added she was not sure if Obama would be interested as he might have other plans.
A writer from New Yorker magazine asked Obama back in 2014 if he would consider serving as a justice following his time at the White House, as did William Taft back in 1921.
President Obama did not rule the idea out, though he voiced some doubts.
At the time, he said he loved the law intellectually, loved knocking out problems, wrestling with the different arguments. He loved to teach and added he missed being in the classroom and engaging with his students. However, he said he thought being a justice is too monastic for him.
The comments by Clinton about the hypothetical appointment came as she attempted to raise more support for the Iowa caucuses next Monday.
Clinton’s overwhelming lead in the Democratic race and especially in Iowa has disappeared as her closest challenger Bernie Sanders the U.S. Senator from Vermont has closed the gap considerably.
Clinton has run into problems related to her use of a person e-mail during her time as the Secretary of State as well as the situation in Benghazi, Libya where three Americans were killed at one of the country’s diplomatic missions.