While President Obama followed presidential precedent in choosing Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr to swear him in, Vice President Joe Biden personally selected the person he would most want to administer his oath of office.
Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
“It’s an incredible honor to have Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor swear me in,” Biden said. “I believed strongly that she would make a great Justice, and it was one of the greatest pleasures of my career to be involved in her selection to the Court.”
Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic and fourth female judge to administer an oath of office.
Biden said Sotomayor’s personal characteristics make him proud to be sworn in by her.
“From the first time I met her, I was impressed by Justice Sotomayor’s commitment to justice and opportunity for all Americans, and she continues to exemplify those values today,” he said. “Above all, I’m happy for the chance to be sworn in by a friend – and someone I know will continue to do great things.”
The vice president has also taken to calling Latinos the future of the United States, and in choosing Sotomayor, he has one of the most successful and high-profile Hispanics in the country administering his oath of office.
In June, Biden said Latinos are the “most powerful force in American politics” and while that was in the midst of a hard-fought election, he doubled down on those comments on Thursday, remarking that the 2012 election will be forever viewed as a turning point for the Hispanic community, whose political and economic power is “just about to take full flight.”
“The American people have finally begun to understand …the awesome potential, future potential of the Hispanic community,” he said at a welcome reception for new Latino members of Congress, according to Politico. “Now the nation — and I might add the hemisphere — understands the Hispanic community must be courted.”
Historically, Inaugural Ceremonies are not held on a Sunday because Courts and other public institutions are not open. This year, in accordance with the requirements of the United States Constitution, President Obama and Vice President Biden will officially be sworn in on Sunday, January 20, 2013. The following day, Monday, January 21, 2013, a ceremonial swearing-in that is open to the public will take place on the West Front of the United States Capitol.