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During Graham-Kagan Discussion of Miranda, a Moment of Levity

At the start of what became a serious line of questioning on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s view on how Miranda rights should be applied in

Dexter Cooke
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Jun 30, 2010

At the start of what became a serious line of questioning on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s view on how Miranda rights should be applied in terrorism-related arrests, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) injected a rare moment of humor into today’s confirmation hearing.

In preparing to discuss the failed Times Square and Christmas Day bombing attempts, Graham asked Kagan about her opinion on Christmas — and what she was doing on Christmas. As a chorus of laughter died down, Kagan gave a wry reply.

“You know, like all Jews, I was probably at a Chinese restaurant,” she said, prompting more laughter.

“That’s what Hanukkah and Christmas is all about,” Graham replied.

*Update at 4:40 p.m.: *As Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) called a short recess just a few minutes ago, he said he enjoyed Kagan’s joke.

“I’m really enjoying the ethnic humor here,” he said.

Dexter Cooke | He is an orthopedic surgeon who insists that a physician's first priority should be patient care. He specializes in minimally invasive complete knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures that reduce pain and recovery time. He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a medical degree and a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine.

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