From USA Today
WASHINGTON – As Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor stood next to President Obama on Tuesday, she admitted to being a bit nervous and “deeply moved.”
And then the Puerto Rican child of the housing projects in the Bronx, N.Y., made it clear who she believed was mostly responsible for her being in position to become the first Hispanic on the Supreme Court: her mother.
“I have often said that I am all I am because of her, and I am only half the woman she is,” Sotomayor said of Celina Sotomayor, who worked as a nurse six days a week to support her family.
Obama’s selection of Sonia Sotomayor, 54, drew an emotional wave of praise from Hispanic groups. Sotomayor’s story – a minority rising from humble beginnings to, potentially, the top rungs of American government – rivals that of Obama himself, and suggests a steeliness that could be helpful in a Senate confirmation process that can be intimidating.
In nominating Sotomayor, Obama talked as much about her success story – from New York’s projects to Princeton, Yale Law School and appointments to federal judgeships – as he did about Sotomayor’s views on the law.