October 19th, 2009
12:47 PM ET
4 years ago

Sotomayor: White House picked my nomination suit

The White House tightly managed Sotomayor's nomination, including which suit she wore at her nomination ceremony.
The White House tightly managed Sotomayor's nomination, including which suit she wore at her nomination ceremony.

(CNN) - Just how tightly scripted did the White House manage U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's nomination process?

Obama administration officials even picked out which suit Sotomayor wore when President Obama formally announced her as his nominee for the high court early this summer.

According to the New Haven Register, Sotomayor told fellow classmates at her Yale Law School Reunion over the weekend she had planned to buy a new outfit for the event, but the White House instead asked she bring five suits to Washington, one of which they would pick for her to wear.

Sotomayor also discussed the administration's grueling vetting process, which included the dispatch of an FBI agent to investigate a parking ticket she incurred more than two years ago, according to the Yale Daily News.

Sotomayor, who graduated from Yale in 1979, also described her first meeting with President Obama last spring.

"It was a conversation like none other that I have ever had," adding that she "almost fainted."


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  1. Chanel

    She can complain about the vetting process all she wants, but the rest of us are grateful about it. If only the rest of the administration was vetted as well, LOL! And what does she mean she almost fainted? Elaborate please!

    October 19, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. victim of republican greed

    I am proud to be an American, where everyone can succeed.

    October 19, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. MatthewDetroit

    Well it sounds like after all their NAIVE idiotic screwups and lack of professional action, this White House finally figured out how to vet and handle a nomination.

    Good job Rahm you idiot. You are really helping out your man Barack by picking out people who dont pay their taxes or cant pass a background check.

    Now if you idiots would stop picking communists and socialists for Czars it would not be so bad.

    October 19, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. todd

    No surprises here. The Obama administration even tries to script the news.

    October 19, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. single mom

    Gee, you mean this was staged? I'm shocked! Not.
    Not after the 'anointment' ceremony at the Democratic Convention.

    Hey, CNN, do all the Palin articles you've been posting mean you're not a 'real news organization?' Like Fox? Be careful! The White House might target you next. Speak up now, or there will be no one left to speak with you.

    October 19, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Pat F

    They picked out her suit? Their brilliant Latina supreme court nominee could not be trusted to dress herself?

    This White House is grotesque.

    October 19, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Bob in Pa

    Sad that we are paying for someone to pick out clothing in the White House.

    October 19, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Russ Burns

    If the White House can tell Sotomajor what to wear I wonder what else they will be able to tell her to do or not do???

    October 19, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Victim of Democratic Greed

    Vetting wasn't grueling enough, she got a free pass and everyone knows it. More Obama pandering.

    October 19, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Fed Up

    So Obama is even in charge of wardrobe? Maybe he should move to Hollywood. He has the acting part down very well.

    October 19, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Chris - MN

    Would love to have seen the vetting process for Thomas, Alito, and let's not forget Meyer.

    October 19, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. FOX IS FALSE NEWS, NOT FAIR, NOT BALANCED

    adding that she "almost fainted"

    that is the attribute and likability factor President Obama has, in a good way; unlIKE GW Bush, who can't coherently ask questions before making decisions!...and which rightWing NUTS, Rush LimFROG and FALSENEWS can't stand, because they think all americans are hatemongers, bigots and rascist like themselves!

    Remember, Glen Beck called the President of the United States a rascist live on air with millions of FALSE NEWS viewers getting a tingle up their cajones with glee!
    It takes a rascist to know a rascist and Glen Beck knows that!....and FALSE NEWS accepted Glen Beck views plain and simple. Oh, FALSE NEWS is not a credible news station...it's a propaganda arm of the G"NO"P and opinionated right of the wingsNUTS pundits and teabaggers. FALSE NEWS, NOT FAIR, NOT BALANCED – JUST RIGHT WING NUTS TALKING POINTS FROM heil Rush LimFROG!!!

    October 19, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. WHAT????

    After all the crap that happened with Harriet Myers, I would have been surprised if she DIDN'T get vetted like she did by Obama's crew.

    October 19, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. Jane/Seattle

    Now we'll just see where she is coming from soon enough! Is she one of us or is she one of the Corporatocracy? Peace

    October 19, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Fitz in Texas

    If a U.S. Supreme Court Justice needs help picking out their clothes the last place they should be sitting is on the U.S. Supreme Court.

    If I were Sotomayor and the White House did this to me I certainly would be insulted. Is there anything Obama's administration doesn't want to run?

    October 19, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Eric Iowa

    Is it so wrong that they picked out an outfit for her? I'd rather have her look like they match rather than have the feng shue not be on. And not passing a background check??? DUDE it was a PARKING TICKET!!!! I'm sure almost everyone has either had a speeding ticket, minor accident report, or even a measly parking ticket. Don't act like you all are perfect. Shut up and deal with it! We had to deal with Cheney for 8 years and look where we are now.

    October 19, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. File under "Sarcasm"

    They picked her clothes but I hope they don't get to pick her rulings.

    October 19, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. gc

    Ii didn't sound like she was complaining. Just telling the story. Why are you all upset about the outfit? Of course they picked it, you wouldn't want everyone talking about how they clashed the next day. If it was a bad outfit, the republicans would have harped on it for days. I am amazed at what people will wine about.

    October 19, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. I say

    Too bad Bush didn't do any vetting at all – no wonder one-half of his administration is in jail.

    October 19, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  20. Marc

    Oh boy! All this hot air because she was asked to bring five suits of her own and someone else picked which one for her to wear on THAT occasion. Hey, every politician has someone to pick which clothes suits better every social/political occasion/situation he/she goes to attend. Why, you guys didn't knew about that... too?

    October 19, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. Enough

    They picked out her suits, just like they handed the doctors white coats to wear at his staged meeting. Obama should have had a career in fashion.

    October 19, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. Speaking for Liberals

    I sincerely hope that all Hispanics are still paying attention to the politcal arena.
    I hope they remember how the republicans treated The Honorable Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor. (I love saying that, I even like the way it looks on screen!)
    I hope that all the Latinos all across America show up to the polls at the next election cycle and let the republican party know who they feel and who the real majority is.
    There may be more hispanics in America now more than ever, but these numbers don't equal power unless you vote!
    VIVA LA RAZA!

    October 19, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Brian from Cleveland

    Was President Obama vetter as carefully as Sotomoyor? What about the Czars? Are they vetter so carefully?

    October 19, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Tina, NC

    Boy the hypocrisy is oozing today on the ticker. Not that long ago I recall a certain VP candidate who got busted for spending thousands of dollars on clothes. Don't recall any Republicans on here complaining about that one. At least Sotomayor bought her own clothes.

    As for the vettting, maybe if that VP candidate had been vetted as Sotomayor was, she wouldn't have been unleashed on the rest of America.

    October 19, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. Rick

    Wow, someone was actually vetted for the SUPREME COURT? NO?! Thank god, finally a president who actually vets someone he chooses for such a prestigious honor. He chose a person who was more qualified than any of the current justices.

    McCain can learn from this, as he and his compaign clearly never vetted Palin, and look where that ended up.

    Great job, as usual, Mr. President...keep it up.

    October 19, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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