Biden picks Sotomayor to swear him in to office

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden applaud federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor, after the president announced her as his nominee to...
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden applaud federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor, after the president announced her as his nominee to...
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Vice President Joe Biden has picked Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to swear him into office at the 57th inauguration later this month.

Sotomayor, who was President Obama’s first appointment to the Supreme Court, will become the first Hispanic, and fourth female Justice to administer the oath of office.

Biden had high praise for Sotomayor in a statement: “I believed strongly that she would make a great justice, and it was one of the greatest pleasures of my career to be involved in her selection to the court… Above all, I’m happy for the chance to be sworn in by a friend—and someone I know will continue to do great things.”

Obama has asked Chief Justice John Roberts to administer his oath of office, sticking with tradition. It will also be the second time that Roberts will swear Obama in twice. In 2009, Roberts administered the oath a second time after he improperly recited the line the first time. This year he’ll swear him in on Sunday, the Constitutionally-required inauguration day, and again on Monday, Jan. 21st during the formal ceremony.

The Obamas and Bidens have also announced a call to action for the inauguration, asking families across the country to participate in a National Day of Service on Saturday, January 19.

“Service is more than a one-off event, it’s a lifelong commitment,” Obama said. “The strength of America depends on the strength of our people. That’s why I’m calling on all Americans to take part in the National Day of Service. We all can give back to our communities on January 19 and throughout the coming year.”

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Biden picks Sotomayor to swear him in to office

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