Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke with Jon Stewart of the Daily Show last night, after swearing in Joe Biden as Vice President of the United States earlier in the week. Sotomayor is the first Latina jurist to administer the oath for a president or vice president in the country’s history.
In her interview with Stewart, Justice Sotomayor reflected on the path of her life, recalling her modest beginnings with pride. She cautioned that being “thrust onto a world stage” could cause her to lose a connection to the foundation of her childhood. Referring to her new book, My Beloved World, she explained that her “primary purpose” in writing it “was to remember the real Sonia.”
Stewart asked Sotomayor whether she was ever tempted, now that she is in such a powerful position, to “let it all hang out” in her judicial opinions, and if it was difficult to “remain measured…given the lofty nature” of her position.
“If you want to be a part of history,” Sotomayor responded, “then you know that what lasts is the force of your ideas and the strength of your expression of them. ‘Let it all hang out’ doesn’t.”