During the confirmation process, he said, “We all saw the kind of justice she’ll be: fair and impartial, thoughtful, careful, precise, brilliant, a brilliant legal mind with deep knowledge of the law, and a judicial temperament — which was equally important, in my view — that’s calm and in command, and a humility that allows so many Americans to see themselves in Ketanji Brown Jackson.”
In the face of what he described as “vile” assertions from GOP members, Biden said Jackson “showed the incredible character and integrity she possesses — poise, poise and composure, patience and restraint. And, yes, perseverance and even joy.” Republican senators accused Jackson of being soft on crime, attacking her sentencing record as well as her time as a defense attorney.
“You are the very definition of what the Irish refer to as dignity,” said the president, who frequently invokes his Irish heritage.
Jackson expressed deep gratitude for those who supported her throughout the confirmation process.
It has taken more than 230 years “and 115 prior appointments for a Black woman to be selected to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States,” she said, her eyes at times tearing up and her voice thick with emotion. “But we’ve made it, we’ve made it. All of us.”
“So as I take on this new role, I strongly believe that this is a moment in which all Americans can take great pride,” Jackson said. “We have come a long way toward perfecting our union. In my family, it took just one generation to go from segregation to the Supreme Court of the United States. And it is an honor — the honor of a lifetime — for me to have this chance to join the court, to promote the rule of law at the highest level, and to do my part to carry our shared project of democracy and equal justice under law forward into the future.”