President Barack Obama was careful to stay away from Sonia Sotomayor's swearing-in at the Supreme Court on Saturday, to underscore the independence of the Court. Wednesday morning, though, Obama hosted a festive and emotional reception at the White House to celebrate her ascension to the high court. Savoring a happy event amid generally mixed news on health care reform and other fronts, Obama said Sotomayor's presence on the Court represents "yet another step closer to the more perfect union we all seek."
A White House Celebration for Sotomayor
The National Law Journal
August 13, 2009