A Memphis audience got to see U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia display some of his trademark brusqueness first-hand on Monday.
During a question-and-answer session at The Peabody following lunch-time remarks Scalia gave there, a teacher rose from the crowd and used his few moments to, instead of ask a question, praise an article Scalia wrote for The Wall Street Journal years ago. It was an excellent article, the teacher announced, adding that he regularly shared and talked about it with his students.
There was a round of respectful applause. Scalia had been staring down while the audience member praised him, giving the impression of listening intently. When the comments were finished, Scalia looked up, leaned into his microphone and responded:
“That wasn’t a very good question.”
He didn’t smile or laugh. He just went to the next audience member.