FTW: Obama Hopes Sonia Sotomayor Will Be Supreme Court’s First Hispanic Justice


President Obama hopes to make one first with his just-announced Supreme Court pick, but it won’t be “the first gay.”

Putting to rest all the speculation and betting, U.S. appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor will be the high court’s first Hispanic justice if she makes it through Senate confirmation hearings. The official announcement will come later today as Obama races to beat the end of the legislative season to appoint his first justice.

The pick fits with Obama’s earlier statement that he wants a justice who “understand[s] what it’s like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old”; if there’s anyone who can empathize, his reasoning goes, it’s a Latina woman from a Bronx housing project. She’s the daughter of Puerto Rican parents, something we can only assume Rush Limbaugh will quickly pounce on.

UPDATE: Video from Sotomayor’s presser: