Chief Justice Roberts, to his credit, seems to know a lot of people aren’t happy with his decision, and is being a good sport about it. In remarks on a panel at a judicial conference, Roberts was asked by a fellow judge if he planned to go to “Disney world” now that the Court’s term had ended.

Chief Justice John Roberts Jokes That His Trip to Malta Will Be a Retreat to an Impregnable Island Fortress

John Roberts

Roberts responded that he was going to teach law in the small island nation of Malta, but decided to spruce the information up a bit with a wry joke:

“Malta, as you know, is an impregnable island fortress. It seemed like a good idea,” Roberts quipped, according to the Associated Press.

The remark drew laughter from the 300-odd judges and attorneys in attendance at the conference, held about an hour south of Pittsburgh.

Roberts was only indirectly asked about the court’s monumental ruling Thursday, and in those instances deferred comment. But Roberts did say he wasn’t bothered that he couldn’t respond to critics of the court’s decisions.

Robers has been the target both of criticism and adulation from all sides of the political spectrum for his ruling in the Obamacare decision handed down yesterday. And certainly, some of his more angry detractors might like to lock Roberts up in an impregnable island fortress of some kind. For our part, we’re glad to see that the Chief Justice is taking the pressure in stride.