Father Absent at an Early Age, Raised by a Strong Mother, Ivy League School, Law Journal Editor: Judge Sonia Sotomayor Has Curiously Similar Life Experiences to Barack Obama’s

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President Obama’s first Supreme Court pick is a Puerto Rican woman who rose from poverty. Judge Sonia Sotomayor grew up in the Bronx housing projects, and has curiously similar life experiences to Obama. But it will be ugly watching the Republicans spit and froth at the first Hispanic to be nominated to the Supreme Court. I can’t imagine that attacking and demonizing a Hispanic woman for the next several weeks, or even months, is good politics for them.

But they can’t help it, can they?

Money quote from the New York Times today:

Judge Sotomayor’s father died when she was 9 years old and she was raised by her mother, who worked six-day weeks to earn enough money to send her and a brother to Catholic school. She got into Princeton University, where she once said she felt like “a visitor landing in an alien country,” but graduated summa cum laude. After Yale Law School, where she was editor of the Yale Law Journal, she worked for Robert M. Morgenthau in the district attorney’s office in New York and later was in private practice.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to Father Absent at an Early Age, Raised by a Strong Mother, Ivy League School, Law Journal Editor: Judge Sonia Sotomayor Has Curiously Similar Life Experiences to Barack Obama’s

  1. Carol says:

    The word “absent” has a negative connotation. Sotomayor’s father died. He wasn’t an absent father by the definition that most people understand absent to be.

  2. santitafarella says:

    Carol,

    Fair enough. I was trying to find a word that might concisely link, by at least rough approximation, the fact that both of them grew up without a father in the household.

    —Santi

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