Kagan Prepares to Be Sworn in as New Justice

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President Obama can celebrate at at least one victory this weekend: the confirmation of the newest justice of the Supreme Court.

Solicitor General Elena Kagan was at the White House today, where the president held a reception for his second Supreme Court appointee.

"While she may be feeling a twinge of sadness about giving up the title of general - a cool title - I think we can agree that Justice Elena Kagan has a pretty nice ring to it," Obama told the audience gathered in the East Room.

Kagan, 50, won Senate confirmation despite conservative criticism about her liberal leanings and lack of judicial experience.

At the ceremony, Kagan thanked Obama for trusting her with the position and pledged to fulfill an "obligation to uphold the rights and liberties afforded by our remarkable Constitution" and "to provide what the inscription on the Supreme Court building promises: equal justice under law."

Her official swearing in ceremony is scheduled for Saturday at 2pm. Kagan will hold her current post until she is sworn in.

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