President Obama on Tuesday nominated federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. Sotomayor, 54, would be the first Hispanic and third female U.S. Supreme Court justice if confirmed.
Obama announced the nomination Tuesday morning in the East Room of the White House.
"Thank you, Mr. President, for the most humbling honor of my life," Sotomayor said.
"My heart is bursting with gratitude," she said. She gave special recognition to her mother, who was sitting in the audience.
"I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences," Sotomayor said.
Obama called Sotomayor "an inspiring woman who I believe will make a great justice."
She "has worked at almost every level of our judicial system, providing her with a depth of experience and a breath of perspective that will be invaluable as a Supreme Court justice," he added. Continue reading here