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Good morning -- -- -- V many responsibilities recorded it to a president by our constitution.
Fuel or more waiting.
Or consequential than that of appointing a Supreme Court justice.
Particularly want to succeed a giant in the -- like justice John Paul Stevens.
For nearly 35 years Justice Stevens has stood as an impartial guardian of the law faithfully applying the core values.
Of our founding of the cases controversies of -- on.
He's done so with restraint.
And respect for precedent.
Understanding that the judge's job is to interpret not make wall.
But also with fidelity to the constitutional ideal of equal justice for all.
He's brought to each case not just mastery of the letter of the law -- -- keen understanding of its impact on people's lives.
And he has emerged as a consistent voice of reason helping his colleagues find common ground.
On some of the most comfortable controversial and contentious issues the court has ever faced.
While we can't presume to replace Justice Stevens is wisdom or experience.
I have selected a nominee who I believe embodies that same excellence.
And passion for the law and who can ultimately provide that same kind of leadership on the court.
Our solicitor general.
And my friend -- case.
-- -- as widely regarded as one of the nation's foremost legal minds.
She's an acclaimed legal scholar with a rich understanding of constitutional law.
She's a former White House aide we have a lifelong commitment to public service and -- firm grasp of -- The max or some boundaries between our three branches of government.
She's a trailblazing -- The first woman to serve as dean of Harvard law school and one of the most successful and beloved -- in its history.
And she is a superb solicitor general.
Our nation's chief lawyer representing the American people's interests before the Supreme Court.
The first women first woman in that position as well.
And she is one accolades from observers across the ideological spectrum for her well reasoned arguments and commanding presence.
But -- have respected in the -- not just for her intellect and record of achievement but also for her temperament.
For openness to a broad array of viewpoints.
Perhaps what the corporation Justice Stevens of understanding.
Before -- a great.
Her fair mindedness and skill as a consensus built.
These traits were particularly evident during her tenure as being.
At a time when many believe that Harvard faculty got below one sided in it's viewpoint.
She sought to recruit prominent conservative scholars and spur a healthy debate.
On campus and she encouraged students from all backgrounds -- -- respectfully exchange ideas and seek common ground.
Because she believes as -- -- That exposure to a broad array of perspectives.
Is the foundation not just for sound legal education but of a successful life in law.
This appreciation for diverse views may also come in handy is it die hard.
Mets fan serving alongside her new colleagues.
To be yankees fan justice Sotomayor who I believe has ordered a pinstripe world.
-- -- -- But while -- had a brilliant career in academia.
For the laws anything but academic.
She's often referred to Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall for whom she -- answer you're.
I understand that he reciprocated by calling her shortage.
Nonetheless she credits him with reminding her that as -- put it behind law there are stories.
Stories of people's lives shaped by the law stories people's lives as might be changed Bible.
-- understanding of law out of some intellectual exercise her.
Words on the page but as it affects the lives of ordinary people as animated every step of -- this -- Including her services solicitor general to that.
During her time in this office she's repeatedly defended the rights of shareholders of ordinary citizens against unscrupulous corporations.
Last year in the citizens united case she defended bipartisan campaign finance reform against.
Special interest seeking that spend unlimited money and influence our elections.
Despite long odds of success -- most legal analyst leaving.
The government was unlikely to prevail in this case -- way to still chosen as her very first case argued before the court.
I think that -- a great deal not just battle is tenacity but about her commitment to serving the American people.
I think it's there's a great deal about her commitment to protect our fundamental rights.
Because of democracy powerful interests must not be allowed to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens.
And I think -- -- a great deal about.
The path that -- has Charles.
Someone as gifted -- winner could easily have settled into a comfortable life in a corporate law practice.
Instead she chose life serves service for students service to a country.
Serviceable wall and to all those whose lives it -- And given away in his upbringing it's -- for probably came naturally.
Latest for granddaughter of immigrants whose mother was for twenty years -- beloved public school teachers as are her two Brothers -- were here today.
Her father was a housing lawyer devoted to the rights of -- both were the first and their families to attend college.
And from an early age -- instilled in women not just a valuable good education but the importance of using it to serve others.
If she were called during her solicitor general confirmation hearings both my parents wanted me to succeed in my chosen profession.
But more than that both drilled -- me of the importance of service character and integrity.
-- has also spoken movingly about how her mother had grown up at a time when.
Women had fewer opportunities to pursue their emissions and took great joy in watching her daughter do so.
Neither she nor -- father lived to see this day but I think.
Her mother would relish this moment I think she would -- -- -- the prospect of three women taking their seat on the nation's highest court for the first time.
And it's important.
There would be more inclusive more representative more reflective.
Of -- people than ever before.
And I think there would be tremendously proud of their daughter.
A great lawyer a great teacher.
And -- devoted public servant who I'm confident will make an outstanding.
Supreme Court justice.
So I hope it was terrible act and a bipartisan fashion as they did in confirming -- -- to be our solicitor general last year and they will do so swiftly as possible.
So she can get visit.
And take -- in time before we participate in the work of the court this -- would bet I would like to invite.
The person who I believe will be the next Supreme Court justice the United States -- -- -- to say if you works.
Thank you Mr.
I am honored and I am humbled.
By this nomination.
And by the confidence you have shown in me.
During the last year as I've served as solicitor general.
Appreciation for the supreme court's role in our constitutional democracy.
Ever deeper and richer.
The court is an extraordinary institution.
And the work it does and in the work it can do for the American people.
-- advancing the tenets of our constitution.
By upholding the rule of law.
And by enabling all Americans.
Regardless of their background for their beliefs.
To get a fair hearing and an equal chance at justice.
And within that extraordinary institution Justice Stevens.
Has played a particularly distinguished and exemplary role.
It is therefore a special honor to be nominated to fill his seat.
I have felt blessed to represent the United States before the Supreme Court to look into the highest court in this country.
When it is deciding its most important cases.
Cases that have an impact on so many people's lives.
And to represent the United States there.
It's the most thrilling.
And the most humbling task.
A lawyer can perform.
I've been fortunate to have been supported in school the work I've done as solicitor general.
I -- remarkable group of lawyers and staff.
Many of whom are here today.
They exemplify professionalism.
Public service and integrity.
And I'm grateful for all that they have taught me.
My professional life has been marked by great good fortune.
I clerked for a judge Abner Mikva who represents the best in public service.
And for -- justice Thurgood Marshall.
Who did more to promote justice over the course of his legal career.
Than did any -- in his lifetime.
I -- had the opportunity to -- under two remarkable precedence.
Who have devoted themselves to lifting the lives of others.
And -- of inspired a great many more to do the same.
I had the privilege of lead and one of the world's great law schools.
And of working there to bring people together.
And to help ensure that they and this school for making the largest possible contribution to the public good.
Both in this country and around the world.
I am proud.
Of what all of us accomplished there.
And through most of my professional life.
I've had the simple joy of teaching.
And trying to communicate to students.
Why I -- loved the law.
Not just because it's challenging and endlessly interest and although it certainly is that.
But the cause law matters.
Because it keeps us safe.
Because it protects our most fundamental rights and freedoms.
And the cause it is the foundation -- like democracy.
I'm thankful to my Brothers and other family and friends.
For coming to Washington to be with me here today.
And much more I am thankful for all of their support.
And loyalty and love.
Not just from this day but always.
If this day has just a touch of sadness in it for me it is because my parents aren't here to share.
They were both as the president said the children of immigrants.
And the first and their families to go to college.
My father was the kind of lawyer who used his skills and training.
To represent everyday people.
And to improve the community.
My mother was a proud public school a teacher as are my two Brothers.
The kind of teachers.
And students remember for the rest of their lives.
My parents' lives and their memory.
Reminds me every day of the impact public service can -- And I pray every day.
That I -- up the example they set.
President I look forward to working with the Senate in the next stage of this process.
But thank you again Mr.
For this honor of a lifetime.
I think it's them.
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