October 19th, 2009
12:47 PM ET
5 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. Anthony McMahon-Illinois

    I wonder what she was going to wear in the first place? That's what begs the question. Was she going to wear a flamenco outfit or something and come out dancing?

    October 19, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. Carter Landrum

    Sotomeyer, the White House (Obama) wants you to become dried up and skinny like he is. He thinks you're too fat will be considered a pre-existing condition and cost too much under his insurance plan..

    October 19, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Doug, New Jersey

    I woud think that a wise latina female rich in her experiences would more often than not pick out a better outfit thatn the Obama nation.

    She also will be told how to vote and what to say by this White House as well. We have never seen a White House that controls everything like this one, even the media.

    October 19, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Kim

    The article stops short of asking whether she was happy to do it.

    First impressions.... she is now in and can do what she wants... they just wanted something smooth and not controversial after their other picks.

    You people can't relax, like it's your business I'll bet for this opportunity she would have gone without clothes.

    October 19, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. W l Jones

    It appears some people forgot who bought a certain candidate wardrode at taxpayer expense?

    October 19, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. fellow from chicago

    It looks as though she and the W.H. should have consulted Ms. Palin on the choice of clothes. Liven it up with some color Ms. Sotomayer.

    October 19, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Mike in Seattle

    Who says our President and his staff are control freaks? Just the kind of tasks they should be focused on when our economy is failing, the war effort is slipping and we lose the Olympic bid. Next thing you know they will opt out of the public option in the health care bill.

    October 19, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Nunya

    And does anyone think that any administration in recent years hasn't had a public image consultant who does this sort of thing? Please.

    Whether there is substance or not, there are far too many idiots who are swayed by little or nothing more than appearance. Spending 15 minutes to prepare in such a way that recognizes that is only common sense. Pastors across the country can tell you this.

    October 19, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Bear

    That's pretty scary that the White House is choosing what our Supreme Court judges wear. And even scarier is she is complying like a trained animal. So much for any credibility of this administration and judicial system. It's all about the photo ops. You look Mah-velous!!!

    All the pieces of a Socialistic society are falling together nicely. There is no difference between Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches now. No need to worry about checks and balances anymore.

    Heil Obama! Supreme dictator.

    October 19, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    I think a grueling vetting process is a good idea – remember Harriet Miers, who's only qualification for the Supreme Court was that she'd been a loyal Bush supporter for a long time? Even Republicans were embarrassed about that nonsensical choice!

    October 19, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. andy

    Yes Obama, I will wear the suit. Anything you say, I do Obama.......Well guess what Obama, the rest of us already have a messiah.

    October 19, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. CITIZEN

    Too bad they didn't do the "hair" !

    Is THIS all the WHITE HOUSE has to do?
    One would think the White House had MORE IMPORTANT business to take care of!
    After all, the VOTERS think they elected the prez to work for them and go about the business of our country's interest – like say the war, national security, the economy, health care reform, jobs – just to name a few ! Hmmmmmmmmmmm maybe he needs another vacation! Hmmmmmmmmmm or night out

    October 19, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Grrr-awful-o

    The Obama administration, as I noted in the thread about Fox News, has a little bit of an issue with control. Just your typical everyday Marxists.

    October 19, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. MIke, FL

    I am proud of the president's pick. She is highly educated and has more experience than anyone on the bench!!

    October 19, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Gary

    At least she brought her own suits to be picked. Not like they sent her to Sacks with a $200,000.00 credit card.

    October 19, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Greg

    She almost fainted? Some people really must believe he is the messiah... so when she is sitting on the bench making landmark decisions, will she have on a "What would Obama do?" wristband?

    October 19, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Hilarious. You silly GOPers do realize that this kind of thing goes on all the time throughout the political world, don't you? Meh...you probably do...you're just too busy with your priapism over a perceived opportunity to attempt a witty "slam" of Obama and his administration. Lay off the political cialis and start thinking with your brains instead.

    October 19, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. MatthewDetroit

    I am a proud american that sotomayor BY HER OWN WORDS... got into a school she did not deserve to get into.

    I love it that she STOLE someone elses slot in both her undergrad and law schools programs.

    It is great that she is not good enough to be a supreme court judge and that she was GIVEN that as well.

    Nothing like it when we DO NOT PROMOTE the best and the brighest.

    You just have to be the right color, race, or sex....

    Nothing like promoting NON Achievement.

    Maybe they should have given her the NOBEL peace prize.... wow that would have been a tough choice for affirmative action.

    October 19, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. munchmom

    The prez really is such a big control freak, and wants all of us to bow to him. He can forget that one where I am concerned! I will not do it for anything!

    October 19, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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