White House celebrates Judge Jackson as the “hope and promise” of a nation

Published: Apr. 8, 2022 at 5:14 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - President Joe Biden welcomed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the White House Friday, one day after the Senate voted to confirm her to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a significant moment for her, the nation, and the administration, Jackson spoke about the opportunities and responsibility she’ll have serving as the first Black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court.

“It has taken 232 years and 115 prior appointments for a Black woman to be selected to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States,” said Jackson. “But we’ve made it.”

White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield called Jackson’s confirmation a highlight of Biden’s presidency.

“It is hard to look at a day like today and not feel anything but enormous pride,” said Bedingfield. “And also, to recognize the fact that her contributions to the court are going to live on for generations.”

While Jackson publicly thanked her mentors for “paving the way”, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) believes others now will look to Jackson for that same inspiration.

“It’s more than the nation getting a woman, a black woman. We’re getting a scholar,” said Beatty. “We’re getting someone who has dared to dream and accomplished it.”

Judge Jackson will remain in her position on the U.S. Court of Appeals until she is sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court later this summer.

The Senate confirmed Jackson’s nomination Thursday in a 53-47 vote, mostly along party lines.

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