Kagan: Thank you Mr. President. I am honored and I am humbled by this nomination and by the confidence you have showed in me. During the last year as I have served as the Solicitor General, my longstanding appreciation for the Supreme Court’s rule in our constitutional democracy has become ever deeper and richer. The Court is an extraordinary institution, in the work it does and in the work it can do for the American people by advancing the tenets of our Constitution, by upholding the rule of law, and by enabling all Americans – regardless of their background or their beliefs – to get a fair hearing and an equal chance at justice.
For a full video of President Obama’s announcement and Kagan’s response, check out the video after the jump (transcript not available).