President-elect Barack Obama has already spent quite a bit of time meeting and greeting and twisting arms on Capitol Hill.
Today, he ventured to the third branch of government at the invitation of Supreme Court Chief John Roberts.
Obama's office said the private visit of the president-elect and Vice President-elect Joe Biden is the third such visit in recent history, following Bill Clinton and Al Gore in December 1992 and Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush in November 1980.
Some of the arc of Obama's presidency could be written at the high court. He could reshape it with appointments, especially if he serves two terms, since several of the justices might retire. And his legislative and policy agenda could be confirmed or curtailed by the court's rulings.
In February, his chief lawyer, former Harvard Law dean Elena Kagan, will represent Obama in a closely-watched case involving the detention of terrorism suspects.
To see photos released by Obama's office of the visit, click here.
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