Loretta Lynch has become the first African-American woman to be sworn in as the 83rd U.S. Attorney General. She took the oath on Monday in the attendance of family members and top government officials.
As Lynch vowed to serve as the nation’s top law enforcement official, she showed that “we can do anything” and promised that the agency would “use justice as our compass” in combating terrorism, cyberattacks and other threats the country is facing.
“We can imbue our criminal justice system with both strength and fairness, for the protection of both the needs of victims and the rights of all. We can restore trust and faith both in our laws and in those of us who enforce them,” Lynch said, referring to the on-going tussle between police departments and the minority communities.
Vice President Joe Biden called Lynch the right choice, one who is amazingly qualified for the post. Lynch calmly waited for months for the confirmation of the post. Her nomination was caught in controversy in Congress regarding human trafficking legislation.
“Ladies and gentlemen, it’s about time — it’s about time this woman is being sworn in,” Biden said in praise of Lynch.
The 55-year-old Lynch succeeds Eric Holder, who served the position for six years.
“Obviously, the president believes it’s an important priority, and I think there is the expectation that she could do some important work in this area,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Monday.
Lynch met with President Obama at the White House Monday afternoon.
As she swore in as the U.S. attorney general, she said, “We are all just here for a time — whether in this building or even on this earth.”
“I know this can be done,” she continued. “Because I am here to tell you, if a little girl from North Carolina who used to tell her grandfather in the fields to lift her up on the back of his mule, so she could see ‘way up high, granddaddy,’ can become the chief law enforcement officer of the United States of America, then we can do anything.”