The U.S. Supreme Court's chief justice joked Friday that he'll be spending some time in "an impregnable fortress" after he was the surprise decisive vote in the ruling to uphold President Barack Obama's health care law.
The conservative John Roberts declined to answer a question Friday about the landmark ruling during a federal court conference in Pennsylvania.
But he responded to a question about his summer plans by saying he plans to teach a class for two weeks in Malta, the Mediterranean island nation.
"Malta, as you know, is an impregnable island fortress. It seemed like a good idea," Roberts said.
Thursday's ruling was a major political victory for Obama with the presidential election months away.
Roberts was asked what he thought his court's legacy would be in 50 years and "how one recent opinion might fit into that" _ an obvious reference to the health care decision.
"Well, I won't answer anything that has to do with the second part of that," Roberts said. But he said he hopes that the court under him is remembered as one that "did our job according to the Constitution, of protecting equal justice under the law."