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(26 May 2009)
1. Wide of US president Barack Obama walking into White House East Room with US Vice President Joe Biden and US Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor
2. Side shot of Obama and Sotomayor in the East Room
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Barack Obama, US President:
“Over a distinguished career that spans three decades, Judge Sotomayor has worked at almost every level of our judicial system, providing her with a depth of experience and a breadth of perspective that will be invaluable as a Supreme Court justice.”
4. Cutaway of Sotomayor
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Barack Obama, US President:
“What Sonia will bring to the Court, then, is not only the knowledge and experience acquired over a course of a brilliant legal career, but the wisdom accumulated from an inspiring life’s journey.”
6. Wide shot of Obama speaking at podium
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Barack Obama, US President:
“It doesn’t matter where you come from, what you look like or what challenges life throws your way. No dream is beyond reach in the United States of America. And when Sonia Sotomayor ascends those marble steps to assume her seat on the highest court in the land, America will have taken another important step towards realising the ideal that is etched above it’s entrance, “equal justice under the law.”
8. Side shot of Sotomayor walking up to podium
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sonia Sotomayor, US Supreme Court Nominee:
“Each of you whom I love deeply will know that my heart today is bursting with gratitude for all you have done for me.”
10. Cutaway of Sotomayor’s mother in the audience
11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sonia Sotomayor, US Supreme Court Nominee:
“Mr. President, I greatly appreciate the honour you are giving me and I look forward to working with the Senate in the confirmation process. I hope that as the Senate and the American people learn more about me, they will see that I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences. Today is one of those experiences. Thank you again, Sir.”
12. Pull out to wider shot of Obama embracing Sotomayor
US President Barack Obama chose federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor as the nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, praising her as “an inspiring woman” with both the intellect and compassion to interpret the Constitution wisely.
Speaking in the White House East Room, Obama said Sotomayor has more experience as a judge than any current member of the high court had when nominated, adding she “has worked at almost every level of our judicial system, providing her with a depth of experience and a breadth of perspective that will be invaluable as a Supreme Court justice.”
Obama said the wisdom and experience Sotomayor will bring to the Court comes not only from her professional experience, but from her “inspiring life story.”
Sotomayor grew up in a housing project in the Bronx in New York after her parents moved from Puerto Rico. She has dealt with diabetes since age 8 and lost her father at age 9, growing up under the care of her mother in humble surroundings.
“It doesn’t matter where you come from, what you look like or what challenges life throws your way,” Obama said.
If confirmed by the Senate, Sotomayor would join Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the second woman on the current court, only the third in history. She would succeed retiring Justice David Souter.
Standing next to Obama in the East Room, Sotomayor thanked those in her life who helped her reach this milestone, saying, “my heart today is bursting with gratitude.”
She said her wealth of experience – both professional and personal – has helped her to understand and respect the arguments of all who have appeared before her.
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