At the time, Obama was said to be considering Clinton as a potential vice president. However, that move risked undercutting his own campaign, which long argued Clinton wasn’t the right fit for the White House. Some supporters urged Obama to offer Clinton a Supreme Court position instead.
“In exchange for this delicate dance, Obama ought to promise her whatever she wants, including if not especially the first shot at a Supreme Court seat. She’d be a great justice,” Salon columnist Thomas Schaller wrote.
Clinton’s name has repeatedly surfaced over the years when Supreme Court vacancies opened up. However, Obama never publicly mentioned the possibility of appointing her to the court.