John Glover Roberts Jr. was sworn in this afternoon as the 17th chief justice of the United States, replacing the late William H. Rehnquist, the mentor for whom he clerked.
The White House ceremony, attended by many of Washington’s most influential political leaders, came less than four hours after the Senate voted 78-22 to confirm Roberts.
Speaking briefly after his swearing-in, Roberts said, “I view the vote this morning as confirmation of what is, for me, a bedrock principle, that judging is different from politics. And I appreciate the vote very much.”
He thanked President Bush and said, “There is no way to repay the confidence you have shown in me other than to do the best job I possibly can do.” He said his aim is to “pass on to my children’s generation a charter of self-government as strong and as vibrant as the one that Chief Justice Rehnquist passed on to us.”