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Scalia name-checks Frodo, George Washington

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Jenny Rogers

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia appeared to be thoroughly enjoying himself at an American Enterprise Institute event on Tuesday. During a wide-ranging Q&A session, the Supreme dinged the media, insisted his job is incredibly dull and squeezed in a "Lord of the Rings" reference.

Asked by an audience member how he stays hopeful in the face of the Obama administration's "failure to leave lawmaking to Congress," Scalia first responded, "Who says I'm hopeful?" before saying he soldiers on.

"I feel like I'm Frodo in 'Lord of the Rings,' " he said. "The evil eye will get us sooner or later, but it's worth the fight."

Scalia also warned the audience to never believe what they read about the inner workings of the court, expressed outrage that more students haven't read "The Federalist" and called George Washington his favorite Founding Father. "He wasn't a genius," the justice said. "He wasn't even that good of a general, to tell you the truth. But there was something about the man. He had integrity. He had tenacity. He had character."

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