In introducing Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) quoted Alex Haley, the author of "Roots" and  co-author of "The Autobiography of Malcolm X."

“The late Alex Haley, the author of 'Roots,' lived his life by these six words: 'Find the good and praise it,'" Alexander said. “Today we praise the American tradition of transferring or reaffirming immense power as we inaugurate the president of the United States."