. . . through a flick in the warp of time, the news headline you may have missed . . . from the Palace in Manila . . .
ABE LINCOLN APPOINTED CHIEF JUSTICE BY PRESIDENT ARROYO!
Here is a transcript of Mr. Lincoln's acceptance statement:
Mrs. President, Your Excellency, I am greatly pleased by your confidence in my judicial capabilities. Never under the candlelight of my log cabin did I imagine such an honor would be mine to cherish.
I am concerned, of course, that the appointment so late during your term will be seen as politically motivated by many. This may place the integrity of the court in danger and cast doubt on those rulings in which I have a voice. Preservation of the court's standing as an esteemed, impartial panel is one of the most important obligations we have. So this is of no small concern.
On the other hand, I am a humble servant of the people and believe I can bring stability and professionalism to the courts of this nation. I believe I can provide leadership that will be respected by the courts and the people.
It is therefore with deep humility that I accept your appointment.
However, it is only fair that I inform you that if ever it should occur that my integrity would fall into question, I would be obligated to tender my resignation. It is too important to this nation that its top judicial office be fully dedicated to both the appearance and the reality of impartiality.
Trust is the bedrock of justice, assuring citizens that every decision is fair and based strictly on the law. The term "Your Honor" must mean something.
This principle is much more important than one man's job, or even his reputation.
I look forward to beginning work. You may be assured that I will strive earnestly for the betterment of our great nation.
Thank you Abe. Your humility, selflessness and integrity stand as shining beacons of light for the entire free world.
. . . aaaaaaand through the time warp we return . . .
There's Mr. Corona now, huddled with his dozen attorneys . . .