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Obama fetes new Justice Sotomayor

President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia 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 LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama celebrates success of ‘Black Panther’ How textbooks shape teachers — not just their students Michelle Obama dedicates Valentine's Day playlist to Barack Obama 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.

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Obama thanked the members of the Senate, saying, "Republicans and Democrats tore down yet one more barrier and affirmed our belief that the doors to opportunity must be open to all."

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 Joseph LeahyGrassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees Popular bill to fight drug prices left out of budget deal Judiciary Dems want public hearings with Kushner, Trump Jr. 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."