Last week Neil Gorsuch was officially confirmed as the next Supreme Court Justice. Just yesterday he was sown in as the 113th Supreme Court Justice of the United States. He finally filled the seat that was left empty after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Scalia died fourteen months ago. Gorsuch is forty nine years old and originally from Colorado. He wasn’t sworn in during a White House Rose Garden ceremony. He will be the first Justice to serve alongside one of his very own former law clerks. To the audience the President said,
“That’s sort of a big deal, isn’t it? We are gathered here today for a truly momentous moment for our democracy — the swearing in of a Supreme Court justice. It’s a privilege to have you here for this historic moment on a spring day in the Rose Garden. Spring is the perfect backdrop for this because we are in the process of rebuilding and renewing, and a new optimism is sweeping across our land. Although he could not be here today, I’d like to express our gratitude to Mitch McConnell for all that he did to make this day possible,” he added. “We are here to celebrate history. I’ve always heard that the most important thing that a United States president does is appoint people, and this is a great honor. And I got it done in the first 100 days. You think that’s easy?
Americans are blessed to have Neil Gorsuch. In Justice Gorsuch, they see a man of great and unquestioned integrity. They see a man of unmatched qualifications. They see a man who is deeply faithful to the Constitution of the United States. Justice Gorsuch, you are now entrusted with the sacred duty of defending our Constitution. Our country is counting on you to be wise, impartial and fair. I have no doubt that you will rise to the occasion, and that the decision you will make will not only protect our Constitution today, but for many generations of Americans to come.”
That is when something really special happened. Gorsuch took the stage and thanked his family, his friends, his country, and the former Justice Antonin Scalia. Democrats wish they had as much class and integrity as he does.
Gorsuch said the following when he took the stage,
“I see before me so many that I owe so much. I would not be here today without your friendship or support. I want to thank the president for nominating me, and the great trust he has entrusted in me. It’s not possible to mention here everyone I should mention, but I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Don McGahn and every person in the White House counsel’s office.
I want to thank Kelly Ayotte and my day-to-day team for their humor, their sage advice and their faith as we spent months and so many miles trooping together. This process has reminded me just how outrageously blessed I am. To the Scalia family, I won’t ever forget that the seat I inherit today is the seat of a very, very great man. To the American people, I am humbled by the trust placed in me today.”
What Gorsuch said was touching and kind and he paid homage to the people who helped him achieve the success he had. That is something you don’t always see from people that high profile. Yet Democrats always find a way to criticize him and castigate his professional record, which is impeccable. He will be a phenomenal Supreme Court Justice and our country is better off for his nomination.
The President made an excellent choice. We won’t be disappointed. Especially during this highly divisive time we need this conservative justice on the court. We have important cases coming up and his work now more than ever is crucial.