Obama Touts Humor, History on Kagan Victory Lap

BY David Chalian  August 6, 2010 at 4:26 PM EST

One day after the Senate voted to confirm his pick for the Supreme Court, President Obama took to the East Room of the White House with the soon-to-be Justice Elena Kagan for a bit of a victory lap. The 63 to 37 vote confirming Kagan to the high court was one of the most partisan in history.

During his remarks, Mr. Obama made sure to note one of the funnier moments from Ms. Kagan’s confirmation hearing when she told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was most likely doing what many Jews do on Christmas Day, enjoying a meal at a Chinese restaurant.

The president also highlighted the historic nature of her appointment. “When she takes that seat on the bench, for the first time in history there will be three women serving on our highest court,” he said. Mr. Obama called it “a sign of progress I relish” that the Supreme Court will now be “a little more inclusive, a little more representative, a little more reflective of us as a people as ever before.”

Watch President Obama introduce soon-to-be Justice Kagan: