The moment delighted both reporters and layfolk. “Walk up to everyone you want to interview the way Nina Totenberg walks up to the Terminator,” wrote Slate writer Mary Harris. “She’s walking up like ‘Your words. Give them to me. Now,’ ” wrote another fan.
Schwarzenegger joined in the fun, tweeting that “It wouldn’t be a visit to the Supreme Court without answering a question” from Totenberg and declared himself “proud to be her co-star.”
It all came full circle when Totenberg chimed in, too, giving herself a new nickname that will now never die. “So glad to be a Totenator to the Terminator!” she wrote, adding a back-to-business line that was perfectly on-brand: “It was a busy day at the Supremes for us all.”