The resilience that family and colleagues have cited as one of Lynch’s attributes could be tested as she goes through a confirmation process that could be as much about partisan politics as it is about her work history.
Though Obama announced her a little more than a week ago with predictions of a quick confirmation in the lame-duck congressional session, some Senate Republicans have called for a moratorium on new presidential appointments until early next year, when the party will have control of the chamber.
As a child in Durham, Loretta Lynch showed a keen interest in books. The family lived off Fayetteville Street near White Rock Baptist Church, where her father served as the pastor for 27 years before a bitter ouster in 1993.
At Durham High, she not only was a stellar student, she participated in the Beta Club, a literary group and an honor society. She had an afterschool job at a fast-food restaurant, her father said, and she was a fabulous seamstress who not only made outfits for herself, but stitched clothes for her mother for special banquets and other occasions.
“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,” Lynch said at the ceremony. “And I will work every day to safeguard our citizens, our liberties, our rights and this great nation, which has given so much to me and my family.”
Critics such as Hans von Spakovsky of The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies have seized on statements made by Lynch to describe her as “another Eric Holder.”