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Obama Congratulates Soon-To-Be Justice Elena Kagan At White House Reception

Obama Hosts Reception Celebrating Kagan's Confirmation To Supreme Court

hide captionPresident Barack Obama and soon-to-be Justice Elena Kagan participate in a reception in honor of Kagan's confirmation.

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In the White House East room, President Obama is hosting a reception in honor of Elena Kagan.

During the president's opening remarks, the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court stood to his right, smiling broadly.

"While she may be feeling a twinge of sadness about giving up the title of 'General,' I think we can all agree that Justice Elena Kagan has a pretty nice ring to it," Obama said.

After more than 80 one-on-one meetings and 17 hours of testimony, I'd say that the Senate got a pretty good look at Elena Kagan. They got a good sense of her judicial philosophy, commitment to the rule of law, her rich understanding of our constitution, and, of course, where she can be found on Christmas Day.

Kagan won Senate confirmation yesterday afternoon, 63-37.

She expressed her gratitude to the Senate Judiciary Committee, her friends and family, and the president.

"Thank you for the honor you've given me and the trust you've placed in me by nominating me to the Supreme Court," she said. "I am deeply grateful."

According to Time's Megan Friedman, "Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the constitutional oath during a private ceremony, and then administer the judicial oath in public" at the Supreme Court tomorrow.

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