The long wait is over. Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as the 111th US Supreme Court Justice today. She did not get sworn in at the White House which is a break in tradition urged by President Obama to mark a sign of independence from the partisan nonsense that generally is associated with Right vs Left judicial appointments.
"Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as the 111th U.S. Supreme Court justice and the first Hispanic, taking the oath of office at the high court two days after winning Senate confirmation.
Sotomayor, 55, vowed to “do equal right to the poor and to the rich,” as she took the second of two required oaths from Chief Justice John Roberts today. She rested her hand on a Bible held by her mother, Celina Sotomayor.
The televised swearing-in marked a break from the tradition in recent years of holding oath ceremonies at the White House. Starting with Sandra Day O’Connor in 1981, every new justice had taken an oath at the White House.
President Barack Obama wanted Sotomayor’s swearing-in to take place at the court as a symbol of the judiciary’s independence, an administration official said on condition of anonymity yesterday. Obama will host a reception for Sotomayor at the White House next week."