02/14/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama And Biden's Fireside Chat With Supreme Court Justices; Alito Skips It

President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden visited the Supreme Court late Wednesday afternoon for a highly private, hourlong courtesy call that included chatting around a Court fireplace with eight of the nine justices.

Continuing the occasional practice of pre-inaugural visits by incoming presidents and vice presidents to the high court in recent decades, Obama and Biden arrived at 3:45 p.m. and left almost exactly an hour later after their fireside discussion and a brief tour of the Court chamber and the justices' conference room.

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