President Obama will nominate Sonia Sotomayor, a federal appeals court judge in New York, as the first Hispanic to sit on the Supreme Court. With this selection, President Obama has found somebody whose unlikely ascent to power is similar to his own life story. Like Obama, Sotomayor represents the rise of the meritocracy. Sotomayor grew up not far from Yankee Stadium in a Bronx Housing project. The daughter of Puerto Rican parents, Sotomayor lost her father at 9 and was largely raised by her nurse mother.
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