Obama Hails 'Historic' Sotomayor Confirmation

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 6, 2009 4:28 PM CDT
President Barack Obama speaks in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, about the Senate's confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor.    (Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama is lauding the barrier-breaking confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court. “With this historic vote, the Senate has affirmed that Justice Sotomayor has the intellect, the temperament, the history, the integrity and the independence of mind to ably serve on our nation's highest court," Obama said. Sotomayor will be sworn in Saturday and will appear with Obama at the White House next week.