President Barack Obama praised Attorney General Eric Holder at his ceremonial swearing-in ceremony Friday, stating that Holder will usher in a new, more responsible era for the embattled Justice Department. The ceremony took place at George Washington University in Washington, and marked the first official swearing in of an African American as Attorney General.

As a student of history, (Holder) knows history's lessons about what happens when we let politics and ideology cloud our judgment -- and let fear and anger, rather than reason, dictate our policy, Obama said. These are mistakes he will not repeat.

Because in the end, Eric comes to this job with only one agenda: to do what is right under the law, Obama added.

The new Attorney General pledged to lead a Justice Department rooted in American values - adherence to the rule of law, equality before the law, and the applicability of due process.

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