With a Nod to History, Obama Says Kagan Will be an Outstanding Supreme Court Justice

By Alex Pepper

Aug 5, 2010 5:56pm

From Sunlen Miller

President Obama hailed the Senate confirmation vote of Elena Kagan, predicting she will be an “outstanding Supreme Court justice,” and noted the history being made with her appointment.
“When Elena takes her seat on that bench for the first time in our history there will be three women,” Obama said from Chicago today, “It is as Ruth Bader Ginsberg recently stated, one of the most exhilarating developments, a sign of progress, that I relish not just as a father that wants limitless possibilities for my two daughters, but as an American proud that our Supreme Court will be more inclusive, more representative, and more reflective of us as a people than ever before.”
The president said he is confident that Kagan will make an outstanding justice, and joked that after 17 hours of testimony during which she answered more than 540 questions, Senators “got a pretty good look,” at Kagan.

“They’ve gotten a sense of her formidable intelligence, her rich understanding of our constitution, her commitment to the rule of law and her excellent and occasionally irreverent sense of humor.”
The president touted that throughout her career Kagan has earned the respect and admiration of  people from across the political spectrum, “an achievement reflected in today’s bipartisan vote,” Obama said of the 63-37 vote.
The president said that today’s vote was also an affirmation of Kagan’s character and her temperament.
“Because Elena understands that the law isn’t just an abstraction or an intellectual exercise she knows that the Supreme Court’s decisions shape not just the character of our democracy but the circumstances of our daily lives.”
- Sunlen Miller

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