President Barack Obama nominates Brooklyn federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to be the next U.S. attorney general, who if confirmed, would be the first black woman in the job. Jillian Kitchener reports.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "It's pretty hard to be more qualified for this job than Loretta." And with that, President Barack Obama nominates Brooklyn prosecutor Loretta Lynch as his next Attorney General, given her long list of qualifications. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "She has spent years in the trenches as a prosecutor, aggressively fighting terrorism, financial fraud, cyber crime, all while vigorously defending civil rights." She's the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York... and if confirmed by the Senate, would be the first black woman to hold the top job, succeeding Eric Holder. And on a sunny Saturday at the White House, Obama offers glowing praise: (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "Loretta might be the only lawyer in America who battles mobsters and drug lords and terrorists and still has the reputation for being a charming people-person." (SOUNDBITE) (English) BROOKLYN FEDERAL PROSECUTOR LORETTA LYNCH, SAYING: "Today, I stand beside you so thrilled and frankly, so humbled." The 55-year-old Harvard graduate says she's ready to fight for justice in America, each and every day, as Attorney General. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BROOKLYN FEDERAL PROSECUTOR LORETTA LYNCH, SAYING: "I pledge today to you, and to the American people that if I have the honor of being confirmed by the Senate, I will wake up every morning, with the protection of the American people my first thought. And I will work every day..."