"Was it a surprise," asks Trump.
Crowd is standing and applauding.
Trump: Appointment of a justice is one of most important decisions a president can make. Decisions can "often be permanent."
"I have selected an individual whose qualities closely define what we are looking for."
Has tremendous mind and discipline and has earned bipartisan support.
Confirmed unanimously to Tenth Circuit, Trump says. Can you believe that?
"I think it's going to happen, maybe again" -- says Trump about unanimity.
Maureen Scalia is there at the nomination as well. He asks her to stand to be recognized.
Maureen Scalia is "the ultimate representative of the late, great Antonin Scalia," whose image and decisions were in my mind, says Trump.
Gorsuch has sterling academic credentials. "As good as I have ever seen," says Trump. Reading the resume now.
Columbia, Harvard Law, Oxford, Marshall Scholar.
Clerked for Anthony Kennedy and Byron White. "An extraordinary resume."
Born and raised in Colorado.
"Could have had any job at any law firm for any amount of money," but he wanted to be a judge, says Trump.
Qualifications of Judge Gorsuch are beyond dispute. "A man our country really needs and needs badly to ensure the rule of law and justice," says Trump.
Encourages both parties to come together.
Trump is finishing up now. Gorsuch will speak now.
That was a short intro, but hit the highlights.
Gorsuch is at the podium now.
"You and your team have shown me great courtesy in this process."
I have worked in a circuit spanning the western states, says Gorsuch.
"The Supreme Court's work is vital" to the whole country, vital to protecting liberties and our Constitution.
"The towering judges that have served in this seat" on the Court "are much in my mind at this moment."
Justice Scalia was "a lion of the law." "I miss him," says Gorsuch.
"I began my legal career working for Byron White," the last Coloradan to serve on the Court. "One of the smartest and most courageous men I have ever known." Also learned a lot from Kennedy, for whom he also clerked. "Lucky" to get a clerkship with Judge David Sentelle on the D.C. Circuit. "Today is as much their day" as his.
Have had wonderful colleagues, says Gorsuch. "When we judges don our robes, it doesn't make us any smarter," but it does remind us of what is expected of us.
Look forward to meeting with senators from both sides of the aisle.
Senate is greatest deliberative body in the world. Judges should apply, not alter, the law.
"A judge who likes every outcome he reaches is" a bad judge.
Thankful for friends, family, and faith, says Gorsuch.
Daughters are apparently watching on TV, not at White House. They are teenagers.
I am honored and humbled, says Gorsuch. Thank you.
And it is over. They are leaving the room with Trump.
Okay, I am going to get to work on my blog post on the nomination. Thanks so much for joining us; look forward to seeing you at another live blog soon!