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Of the many responsibilities gray -- to a president by our constitution.
-- you are more serious or more consequential than selecting a Supreme Court justice.
I don't take this decision -- I've made it only after deep reflection.
And careful deliberation.
For -- Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once that the 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 overcoming.
It is experience that can give a person a common touch.
And a sense of compassion.
And understanding of how the world works and how ordinary people live.
That is why it is a necessary ingredient in the kind of justice we need on the Supreme Court.
Would that I'd like all of you to give a warm greeting.
As I had invite Judge Sotomayor to say if you were.
You have nominated me to serve on the country's highest court.
And I am deeply moved for as long as I can -- member.
I have been inspired.
By the achievement of our founding fathers.
They set forth principles.
That have endured.
For more than two centuries.
It would be a profound privilege for me so play a role in applying those principles.
-- these questions.
We face today I was raised in a Bronx.
Public housing project.
But studied at two.
Of the nation's finest universities.
I did work as an assistant district attorney.
Violent crimes that devastate our communities this wealth of experiences.
Personal and professional.
Have helped me appreciate.
The refer idea up perspectives that present themselves in every case that I hear.
It has helped me to understand.
And respond to.
The concerns and arguments up all litigants who appear before me I strive.
Never specific yet.
The real world consequences.
Of my decisions.
And government I hope that is the senate -- American people learn more about me.
They will see.
That Diane an ordinary person.
Who has been blessed.
Opportunities and experiences.
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