From VIETNAM to WATERGATE to Mayor Tom Bradley,Sen.Frank Church,Sen.Harold E. Hughes,Sen. McGovern, Cong. GEORGE BROWN, JR.John Burton,Gov. Jerry Brown, Speaker Jesse Unruh, I was there. FROM KMPC RADIO TO Satchel Paige and Hollywood Stars Baseball, I WAS THERE. (C) Copyright by Bob Kholos
LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT? – President
Obama celebrated the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court
on Friday by saying her achievement is “exhilarating.”
“While she may be feeling a twinge of sadness about giving up the title
of general — a cool title — I think we can all agree that ‘Justice Elena
Kagan’ has a pretty nice ring to it,” Obama said at the beginning of a
reception for her.
Obama praised Kagan’s judicial philosophy and “commitment to the rule of
law” and said she is held in “high esteem” by diverse crowds.
Kagan, in turn, thanked the Senate Judiciary Committee for giving her a
“serious” and “courteous” hearing – and she noted that she had met
privately with 83 senators. “But really, who’s counting?” she said.
The new justice vowed to uphold the notion of “equal justice under law”
as she imagined what her parents would think if they could witness her
accomplishment. “What I can almost hear them saying — and I think I can
hear Justice Marshall saying this to me right now as well — is that this
appointment is not just an honor,” she said. “Much more importantly, it
is an obligation, an obligation to protect and preserve the rule of law
in this country.”