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Of the many responsibilities -- To a president by our constitution.
-- are more serious or more consequential than selecting a Supreme Court justice.
The members of our highest court are granted life -- often serving long after the presidents who appointed.
And they are charged with the vital task of applying principles put to paper more than forty centuries ago.
To some of the most difficult questions of our time.
I don't take this decision like.
I've made it only after deep reflection.
And careful deliberation.
-- -- many qualities that I admire in judges across.
The spectrum of judicial philosophy.
And that I seek in my own nominee there are few that stand out but I just want to mention.
First and foremost is a rigorous elect.
The mastery of the law and ability to hone in on the key issues and provide clear answers to complex legal questions.
Second is -- recognition of the limits of the judicial role.
And understanding that a judge's job is to -- -- not make -- To approach decisions without any particular ideology or agenda but rather a commitment to impartial justice.
Respect for precedent.
And the determination to faithfully apply the law to the facts at hand.
These two qualities are essential I believe for anyone who would sit on our nation's highest court.
And yet these qualities alone.
We need something more.
For a Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once that life of the law has not been logic it has been experience.
Experience being tested by obstacles and barriers.
By hardship and misfortune.
Persisting and ultimately overcome.
It is experience that can give a person a common touch.
And sense of compassion.
And understanding of how the world works and how ordinary people -- That is why it is -- necessary ingredient in the kind of justice we need on the Supreme Court.
The process of reviewing and selecting a successor to Justice Souter has been rigorous and comprehensive.
Not least because of the standard that Justice Souter himself.
-- sat with his -- formidable intellect and fair mindedness and decency.
A sought the advice to members of congress on both sides of the aisle including every member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
My team has reached out to constitutional scholars advocacy organizations.
And bar associations representing an array of interest and opinions.
I want to thank members of my staff and administration worked so hard and given so much of their time as part of this effort.
After completing -- -- the process.
I've decided to nominate an inspiring woman.
Who I believe will make a great justice.
Judge Sonia sort of -- -- Over a distinguished career.
That spans three decades.
-- sort of my -- has worked at almost every level of our judicial system.
Providing her where -- depth of experience an -- of perspective.
There will be invaluable.
As the Supreme Court justice.
It's a measure of her qualities and her qualifications that judge -- -- was nominated to the US district court by a Republican president.
George HW bush.
And -- to the federal Court of Appeals by Democrats.
Walking in the door she would bring it more experience on the bench.
And more varied experience on the bench.
Then anyone currently serving on the United States Supreme Court had when they were point.
Just sort of my.
She's been a big city prosecutor.
And a corporate litigator.
She spent six years as a trial judge on the US district court and would replace Justice Souter.
As the only justice -- experience as a trial judge.
Perspective there would enrich the judgments of the court.
For the past eleven years she has been a judge.
On the court of appeals for the second circuit of New York one of the most demanding circuits in the country.
There she's handed down decisions on a range of constitutional legal questions that are noticed notable further careful reasoning.
Earning the respect of colleagues on the bench the admiration of many lawyers who -- cases in in -- court.
-- the adoration of reports looked to her as a mental.
During her tenure on the district court she presided over roughly 450 cases.
One case in particular involved a matter of enormous concern to many Americans including me.
The baseball strike of 199490.
In a decision that reportedly took her just fifteen minutes to announce.
Let's work that's much appreciated by baseball fans ever where.
She issued an injunction that helped end the strike some say the judges.
So -- or saved baseball.
Just sort of -- came to the district court from off from where she was -- partner focused on complex commercial litigation.
Getting insight into the workings of a global economy.
Before that she was a prosecutor.
In the Manhattan DA's office serving under the legendary Robert Morgenthau.
An early mentor of soreness -- still things surprises today.
Bears Sonya learned what crime can do to family and a -- and what it takes to fight.
Two career that has given -- not only sweeping overview.
Of the American judicial system.
But a practical understanding of how the law works in -- every day lives of the American people.
But as impressive and meaningful as judge so Myers sterling credentials.
In the -- Is her own extraordinary journey.
Born in the south routes.
She was raised in -- housing project not far from Yankee Stadium making her a lifelong yankees' fan and I hope this will not this qualifier.
In the eyes of the new englanders in the Senate.
So -- -- parents came to New York from Puerto Rico during Second World War.
Her mother as part of the women's army corps and in -- her -- here today and I'd like.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- But she -- his mother began a family tradition of giving back to this country.
On his father was -- factory worker with a third grade education who didn't speak English.
But -- on his mother he had a willingness to work hard a strong sense of gambling in the belief in the American dream.
We saw -- was not her father passed away.
Her mother worked six days a week as a nurse to provide for -- and her brother who's also here today as a doctor.
Terrific success in his own right.
But but saw his mom.
Bought the only set of encyclopedias in the neighborhood.
Send her children to a Catholic school called cardinal Spellman.
Out of the belief that -- a good education here in America all things are possible.
With the support of family friends and teachers -- earned scholarships to Princeton where she graduated.
At the top of -- class.
And Yale Law School where she was an editor of the -- Yale law -- stepping onto the path that led her here today.
All the way she's faced down barriers overcome the odds.
Lived out the American dream the broader parents here so long ago.
And even as she is accomplished so much of her life.
She has never forgotten where she began.
Never lost touch with the community that support.
What's on -- will bring to the court that is not only the knowledge and experience acquired over a course.
Of a brilliant legal court.
The wisdom accumulated from an inspiring -- -- It's my understanding that does so -- -- interest in the law was sparked.
As a young girl by reading the Nancy drew series.
And that when she was diagnosed with diabetes at the age -- -- She was informed that people -- diabetes can grow up to be police officers -- private investigators like Nancy drew.
And that's and she was told she got to scale back programs.
Also in what you've shown.
In your life is that it doesn't matter where you come from what you look like.
Or what challenges life throws your way.
No -- is beyond reach in the United States of America.
When sort of -- -- sends those marble steps to assume mercy on the highest court land.
America will have taken another important step.
Towards realizing the ideal that is etched above its efforts.
Equal justice under the law.
I hope the Senate acts in -- bipartisan fashion as it has in confirming judge so -- twice before.
And as swiftly as possible.
So that she can take -- on the court in September and participate in deliberations but the court chooses which cases it will hear this coming here.
Would bet I'd like all of you to give a warm greeting.
As I had.
Invite judge so -- to say a few works.
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