President Barack Obama has his hands full, but he still took the time yesterday to throw a fiesta in honor of the first Latina Supreme Court justice, Sonia Sotomayor.
The event began with televised remarks from both Obama and Sotomayor and was followed by a private reception for a few hundred friends, family and supporters. "While this is Justice Sotomayor's achievement, the result of her ability and determination, this moment is not just about her. It's about every child who will grow up thinking to him or herself, 'If Sonia Sotomayor can make it, then maybe I can too,' " Obama said. "This is a great day for America."
Sonia also spoke emotionally about her new post, saying, "It is our nation's faith in a more perfect union that allows a Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx to stand here now. I am struck again today by the wonder of my own life and the life we in America are so privileged to lead."
Obama seemed to savor the victory and took the moment to highlight the fact that having Sotomayor on sitting on the highest court in the land brings the country "another step closer to the more perfect union that we all seek." But her appointment will also serve as a poignant reminder come election time that the country's first black president was the one who ushered in our first Latina Supreme Court justice. He is no doubt counting on support from the potent Latino voter base before
he faces what will undoubtedly be one of the toughest-fought battles on
his young presidency: health-care reform.