Transcript for Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in as Supreme Court justice
Ladies and gentlemen the president of the United States accompanied by justice Clarence Thomas and justice Amy Tony Barrett. Okay. Thank you very much appreciate it thank you very much distinguished guests and my fellow citizens. This is a momentous day for America and for the United States constitution. And for the fair and impartial rule of law. The constitution. Is the ultimate defense of American liberty. The faithful application of the law is the cornerstone of our republic. That is why as president I have no more solemn obligation. And no greater honor than to appoint. Supreme Court justices. On this October evening. And it is so beautiful the First Lady and I welcome you to the white has to bear witness to history. In a few moments we will proudly swear in the newest member of the United States Supreme Court. Justice Amy coney. Barrett. She is one of our nation's most brilliant legal scholars. And she will make an outstanding justice. On the highest court in our land. Just as terrorists oath will be administered by the court's longest serving member. Currently on the bench a man whose allegiance to the law has earned him the respect and gratitude. Of all Americans. Justice. Clarence Thomas. Our country is a great debt of thanks to senate majority leader. Mitch McConnell we appreciate it very much match thank you. And we are grateful as well. To the senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham thank you Lindsey. Also whether us senators Marsha Blackburn. Might broaden. Bill Cassidy. Kevin Cramer. Ted Cruz. Steve Danes. Ron Johnson. James Lankford. Mike Leigh. And more often make Sally. And I hope I didn't leave anybody out. Have a very special thanks to our great vice president. Mike Pence thank you mind. Well so. I want to think what has canceled. Pat sick Maloney thank you that. And very importantly I want to welcome. Just as parents husband Jesse think aegis. Thank you. But we also recognize your seven children you're great beautiful children. Become really just very very popular in this nation. People have been watching them and loving them and there watching right now back home in Indiana thank you very much. But I speak to everyone when. I say that the Barrett family is captured America's heart. It is highly fitting that justice Barrett fills the seat of a true pioneer. For women. It's justice. Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Tonight justice. Becomes not only the fifth women do serve on our nation's highest court. But the very first mother of school aged children to become a Supreme Court justice very important. Over the past few weeks the entire world has seen. Just as parents. Deep knowledge. Tremendous poise. And towering intellect. She answered questions for hours on end. Throughout her entire confirmation. Her impeccable credentials were when questioned. When challenged an obvious. To all. Justice Barrett and do a full academic scholarship to Notre Dame law school. Graduated first in her class and served as a clerk. For justice Antonin Scalia. You is a beloved professor at Notre Dame law school for fifteen years before. I very Bradley appointed her to the US circuit court of appeals for the seventh circuit in 2017. The American people have been profoundly impressed to learn of her achievements or compassion and generosity of faith and her. Sterling character. Genesis Barrett made clear she will issue rulings based solely upon a faithful reading. Of the law in the constitution. As written. Not legislate. From the bench. The equal impartial and constitutional rule of law that we enjoy. Every day in America it is one of the crowning achievements in the history of human. Civilization. It is the triumph reason experience. And the values which are eternal. And ever lasting. Our devotion to this inheritance is what has made America the most just exceptional and glorious nation. Everywhere to exist. I want every American child watching to understand that this is a very special. An important ceremony. We are fulfilling. The duty that passes to each new generation to sustain the national traditions. And virtues that make possible. Everything we have achieved before that. We will do tomorrow. Because of our constitution and our culture of freedom. You live in Thailand. Where anything is possible. And were any dream can come true. No matter who you are no matter your background. In America everyone is entitled to equal protection under a laws. And you're sacred rights can never ever be taken. Away. The march of liberty that began with the American revolution. Continues onward this evening. Tonight at the white ass we carry forward the cause of freedom. Equality and justice for which so many generations of Americans have given so much. We honor the cause for which men died two in this civil war. And for which they jumped out of airplanes and shed their blood on distant battlefield. We honor the immortal principles inspired millions. In the struggle for civil rights. And we take special pride. In the nation that insiders billions of people all over the world. We must never take this radiant inheritance. For granted. We must never lose confidence in our history. Our heritage. Or in our heroes. To reach for this as we must stand upon the strong and sturdy foundation built by those incredible Americans who came before. Justice Barrett as you take your post and I. The legacy of our ancestors. Falls to use the American people. Put their trust in you. And their faith in you as you take up the task of defending our laws. Our constitution. And his country that we all. We ask guide to give you wisdom and courage. I know you will make us all very. Very Pratt. As long as we are loyal to our founding. And to our fellow citizens America's future will be bright. America's destiny will be gray. And America's people will for ever. And always. Be free. I now ask justice to Imus to administer. The thank you very much. Gang. And then become. Against all the news. Born and now. That I will bear true faith. Or. That I take this obligation freely and I hate it up he. What president Kennedy. And that I will well and people. We're. The duties of the office. Thank you and think it's amendments. Thank you off at being here tonight. And thank you president's round for selecting meat is served as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. It's a privilege to be asked to serve my country and this office and I stand here tonight truly honored and humbled. Thanks also to the senate forgetting its consents to my appointment. I am grateful for the confidence you have expressed in mean. And I pledged TU. And to the American people. And I will discharge my duties to the very best of my ability. This was a rigorous confirmation process. And I thank all of you. Especially leader McConnell and chairman Graham for helping me to navigated. My heartfelt thanks go to them members of the White House staff and Department of Justice. Who works tirelessly to support me through this process. Or stamina as remarkable and I have been the beneficiary of it. Jesse NI air also so grateful to them many people have supported them who have supported our family. Already its last several weeks. Through waved both tangible and intangible. You have made the state passable. Jesse and I have been truly us track buyer tenacity. I asked and it couldn't mount time over the last month that the senate. Both in meetings with individual senators. And and days of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The confirmation process. Has made ever dared to mean. One of the fundamental differences. Between the federal judiciary. And the United States senate. And perhaps the most acute. Is the role of policy preferences. It is big of the senators to pursue her policy preferences. In fact. It would be it dereliction of duty for hurt to put policy goals aside. By contrast. It is that job of that chads to resist her policy preferences. It would be a dereliction of duty for her to give in to then. Federal judges don't stand for election. That's they have no basis for claiming. That their preferences. Reflect those of the people. This separation. Of duty. From political preference. Is what makes the judiciary distinct. Among the three branches of government. A judge declares independence. Not only from congress and the president. But also from the private beliefs. That might otherwise move her. The judicial oath captures the essence of the judicial duty. The rule of Locke must always control. My fellow Americans. Even though we judges don't face elections. We still work for you. It is your constitution. At establishes that will. And the judicial independence that is so central to it. The oath that I have soundly taken tonight. Means addicts or. That I will do my job. Without any fear or favor. And that I will do so independently. Of both the political branches and my own preferences. The constitution and the democratic republic that it establishes. And I will devote myself to preserving and thank you.
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