By Sam Youngman - 08/12/09 11:13 AM EDT
President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaDems celebrate anniversary of gay marriage ruling Cannabis conversation urged at North American Leaders Summit Obama: 'There's still work to do' for gay community MORE hailed new Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation as "yet another step closer to that more perfect union which we all seek."
Sotomayor, who was sworn in on Saturday, joined Obama, first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaOvernight Tech: Facebook's Sandberg comes to Washington | Senate faces new surveillance fight | Warren enters privacy debate Michelle Obama signs up for Snapchat Michelle Obama: 'It's time for us to come together' MORE and a number of Hispanic lawmakers and supporters at a reception in the East Room of the White House to celebrate the nation's first Hispanic member of the Supreme Court.
The Senate voted 68-31 to confirm her nomination last week after nearly 20 hours of debate. Only nine Republicans voted for her.
Sotomayor, who was joined by her family, asked the nation to "wish me divine guidance and wisdom" as she joins the country's highest court, replacing retired Justice David Souter.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahySenate Dems rip GOP on immigration ruling Bernie Sanders’s awkward return to the Senate Senate heads toward internet surveillance fight MORE (D-Vt.) escorted the first lady into the event, where the president praised the Puerto Rican judge as "one of those only-in-America stories."