'We've made it. All of us': Ketanji Brown Jackson celebrates historic Supreme Court confirmation

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  • Jackson makes history as the first Black woman and first federal public defender to sit on the court.
  • Jackson will replace Associate Justice Stephen Breyer after he retires at the end of the term.
  • The White House ceremony comes amid a wave of positive COVID-19 cases among top Biden officials.

WASHINGTON — The sun shined bright for the first time in three days in Washington, D.C., a literal reflection of the mood at the White House on Friday as President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris celebrated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic confirmation to the Supreme Court.

“I have dedicated my career to public service, because I love this country and our Constitution and the rights that make us free,” Jackson said in emotional remarks on the South Lawn.

The Senate confirmed Jackson on Thursday, giving the White House and Democratic allies an opportunity to celebrate the first Black woman headed to the Supreme Court.

President Joe Biden listens as Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson speaks during an event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 8, 2022, celebrating the confirmation of Jackson as the first Black woman to reach the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

During her remarks, Jackson noted that she has spent the past decade writing hundreds of opinions on thousands of cases where she has done her “best to stay in my lane and to reach a result that is consistent with my understanding of the law and with the obligation to rule independently without fear or favor.”

“I am humbled and honored to continue in this fashion as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States working with brilliant colleagues, supporting and defending the Constitution and steadfastly upholding the rule of law,” she continued.

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