Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez exchange Ginsburg memories
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Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaShould there be a 'Secretary of Thought'? Obamas to attend Biden inauguration Michelle Obama slams Trump, rioters at Capitol: 'They desecrated the center of American government' MORE and singer Jennifer Lopez spoke about the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg, George Floyd among options for 'Remember the Titans' school's new name Bipartisan anger builds over police failure at Capitol Lindsey Graham praises Merrick Garland as 'sound choice' to serve as attorney general MORE on Tuesday during an Instagram Live event for National Voter Registration Day, with Obama saying that Ginsburg’s passing should mobilize people to make “their vote and their voice heard” in November. 

Obama started by reflecting on her own memories with the late justice, calling Ginsburg “an amazing force of a woman.”

"Barack and I were privileged to call her a friend," she said. "We had dinner with her and her husband. I have always been moved by her story of how she had a family, raised a family, then went back to law school, and faced a level of discrimination.”


“[She was] top of her class and came in guns blazing, but she was cast aside,” Obama continued. “Women during those days were often segregated within the law firms that were hiring them. After all that she had done, there were some people who said, 'Well you can't practice law.'"

The author, who like Ginsburg graduated from Harvard Law School, went on to emphasize the importance of the Supreme Court’s lifetime appointments, saying that the high court “determines the most impactful laws in the land.” 

Lopez told of herself and fiancé Alex Rodriguez getting “some good marriage advice” from Ginsburg, who was married to her husband Marty for 56 years until his death in 2010. 

Lopez didn't specify what the counsel may have been, but Ginsburg told NPR last year she had cautioned the "Hustlers" star that within a marriage "it helps sometimes to be a little deaf."

Lopez shared a photo on Instagram Saturday from a 2019 visit with Ginsburg, saying in the post, "I will always remember what she said to us the day we met her: 'Be the best you.’ It was simple yet profound. Thank you RBG for fighting all these years. We will honor you by continuing to fight for equality, empathy and justice for all.”

Since the news of the justice’s death broke on Friday, Republicans and Democrats have battled on whether the vacancy should be filled prior to Election Day. 

Despite opposition to filling the vacancy from Democrats and at least two GOP senators, President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE tweeted Tuesday morning that he would be announcing a nominee to replace Ginsburg on Saturday.