Elena Kagan: Thank You Mr. President for ‘Honor of a Lifetime’
May 10, 2010
(ChattahBox)—As expected, President Obama officially announced solicitor general Elena Kagan as his pick to replace John Paul Stevens, hailing her as a “trailblazer.” During a brief ceremony in the White House East Room, Obama spoke of her commitment to serve the American people and to protect the fundamental rights of ordinary Americans. Kagan, spoke about her immigrant grandparents and her family’s commitment to teaching, with her late mother and two brothers working as school teachers. At the end of her short remarks, the diminutive Kagan, dubbed “shorty” by former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, whom she clerked for, thanked President Obama for an “honor of a lifetime.”
Flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and Kagan, dressed in a black skirt and a moss-green jacket, President Obama spoke highly of his nominee’s many accomplishments in academia and public service.
“Elena is widely regarded as one of the nation’s foremost legal minds,” said Obama. “She’s a trail-blazing leader.” Obama also also praised Kagan’s census building skills, saying she employs a practice of “understanding before disagreeing.”
Obama pointed out that Kagan was entering the high court, as a Mets fan, when newly sworn-in Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor was a rabid New York Yankees fan. Justice Sotomayor will have a pinstriped robe ready, quipped Obama.
Kagan pointed to her love of the simple joy teaching and her love of the law. The “law matters,” said Kagan because it keeps our country safe and protects our democracy.
Kagan, said her one regret today, was not being able to share the moment with her parents, whom are both deceased.