U.S. Chief Justice Says Pandemic Pierces ‘Illusion of Certainty’
U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts said the coronavirus pandemic “has pierced our illusion of certainty and control” as he urged his son’s high school graduating class to confront the challenges of the era with humility, compassion and courage.
In a seven-minute video recorded at the Supreme Court, Roberts joked about the attire worn by the justices during their recent telephone arguments, lamented the temporary halt of some of their traditions, and told the graduates they will be tested like few classes over the past 80 years.
“I think the pandemic is the world’s way of saying to mankind, ‘You’re not in charge,’” Roberts said to the class of 2020 at Westminster School, a private boarding and day school in Simsbury, Connecticut, attended by his son, Jack.
Roberts, 65, began Saturday’s remarks by quipping that the video format gave viewers “the luxury of a fast-forward button right in front of you.”
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