The Silence of the Clarence

  • Aired:  01/15/13
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Justice Clarence Thomas breaks a self-imposed seven-year silence to take a four-word jab at the Ivy League. (4:25)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

IN AMERICAN HISTORY THERE ARE CERTAIN MAGICAL EVENTS.

THEY OCCUR ONLY ONCE IN A GREAT WHILE.

HALEY'S COMET FLY BY, A METS WORLD SERIES WIN, DICK MORRIS ACCURATING CALLING AN ELECTION.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THEN THERE'S THE RAREST OF THE RARE, THE CERTIFICATE OF THING THEY ARE FORETOLD IN PROPHECY

AND NEVER DREAM YOU YOURSELF WOULD LIVE WITH.

>> JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS BROKE A SEN YEAR SILENCE ON THE SUPREME COURT.

>> Jon: WHY WOULD ONE OF THE JUSTICES KEEP COMPLETELY QUIET FOR SO LONG UNLESS -- URSULA THE

SEA WITCH STOLE HIS VOICE WHEN HE FELL IN LOVE WITH A HUMAN!

I HAVE LITTLE KIDS.

[ LAUGHTER ]

BUT THERE MUST BE A REASON CLARENCE THOMAS DOESN'T LIKE TO SPEAK PUBLICLY.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THERE MUST BE A REASON THAT HE KEEPS SILENT THAT DOESN'T INVOLVE HIM BEING A MERMAN.

HE HAS DONE INTERVIEWS.

>> THE PERCEPTION IS THAT -- CRITICS WILL SAY YOU ARE NOT SMART ENOUGH, YOU ARE INSECURE.

>> Jon: THEY MAKE FOOLS OUT OF THEMSELVES WITH THOSE KINDS OF COMMENTS.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Jon: THAT'S Y. THAT'S NOT REALLY HIS VOICE.

SORRY.

WE CHANGED IT FOR HUMOROUS EFFECT.

HERE IS HIS REAL VOICE.

>> THEY MAKE FOOLS OUT OF THEMSELVES WITH THOSE KIND OF COMMENTS.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Jon: NOW, I KNOW WHY HE NEVER SPEAKS.

HE IS PRESERVING THAT BEAUTIFUL BARITONE.

PLEASE CLARENCE CAN I HAVE SOME MORE OF THAT SULTRY --

>> JUSTICE MARSHALL RARELY ASKS QUESTIONS, JUSTICE POWELL RARELY ASKS QUESTIONS IT'S A PERSONAL PREFERENCE.

>> Jon: OH, MR. THOMAS THAT IS NIESMS NOW I KNOW WHY HE IS HOLDING BACK.

IF HE SPOKE HE WOULD BE BURIED UNDER A PILE OF PANTIES AND ROSES.

HE IS AAFRAID IF HE SPEAKS TOO LOUDLY SHIFTS DRAWN BY HIS SONG WOULD BE LURED TO DEMISE

CRASHING UPON THE STEPS OF JUSTICE SYSTEM.

SO AFTER SEVEN YEARS SILENCE BROKEN.

I BET HE LAID DOWN A HELL OF A JUDICIAL STEMWINDING AFTER SEVEN YEARS.

>> THE TRANSCRIPT PICKED UP ONLY FOUR WORDS.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Jon: WELL I BEAT HE MADE THEM COUNT.

YOU KNOW?

WHAT DID HE SAY.

>> JUSTICE SCALIA MADE A JOKE ABOUT YALE LAW SCHOOL.

JUSTICE THOMAS' ALMA MATER AND ACCORDING TO THE COURT TRANSCRIPT HE SAID, WELL, HE DID

NOT -- AND THAT'S ALL HE SAID.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Jon: WELL HE DID NOT?

I WAS GOING TO AFTER SEVEN YEARS YOU HAVE TO MAKE THEM OUT.

YOU'RE OUT OF ORDER!

LUKE, I'M YOUR FATHER.

THAT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE -- THAT'S FOUR (bleep).

WELL, HE DID NOT.

WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN.

>> WHAT THOMAS APPEARED TO BE SUGGESTING WAS THAT AN IVY LEAGUE DEGREE DIDN'T NECESSARILY

MEAN THE LAWYER WAS QUALIFIED AND THE COURTROOM ERUPTED IN LAUGHTER.

>> Jon: REALLY?

[ LAUGHTER ]

GOOD ROOM.

SO THAT'S YOUR ONLY EQUIP YOU'VE BEEN THERE SEVEN YEARS AND NO OTHER EQUIPS.

NOT A -- THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID?

SOUNDS LIKE MY WEDDING NIGHT.

NOTHING?

ARISTOCRATS, NOTHING?

PROBABLY THE LAST TIME WE'LL HEAR FROM HIM.

YOU KNOW HE'S GOING TO PULL A COSTANZA.

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