June 28th, 2010
04:52 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama wishes Kagan luck before confirmation hearings

The President hosted Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan in the Oval Office Monday morning.
The President hosted Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan in the Oval Office Monday morning.

Washington (CNN) – The President hosted Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan in the Oval Office Monday morning to offer his encouragement and good luck prior to her nomination hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A White House official says the Obama-Kagan morning pep talk only lasted " a couple of minutes" as he wanted to "wish her good luck in person."

In describing her mood before heading over to Capitol Hill, the official said "she seemed excited for the committee hearing to get started. She's well prepared."

Solicitor General Kagan's White House support team at the hearing includes White House Counsel Bob Bauer, Susan Davies (Bauer's deputy who has been running day-to-day of the confirmation process) and Phil Schiliro, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs.


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Naqib

    Nice he took time to chat with an old friend...

    Now... how about that little oil leak? Can we take a look at that maybe?

    June 28, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Gonna need more than luck. Gonna need some real good answers.

    June 28, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. phoenix86

    Obama should wish that Kagan has the same scrutiny from the Senate as Obama did from the voters; then she should sail through as no one will pay attention to what she says.

    June 28, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Augsbee

    Come on, she has no experience on the bench, the woman has never presided, made a decision over a case in her life. No experience necessary, learning on the job welcomed.

    June 28, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. gus

    Just wondering what ms. Kagan views are on gays in america .

    thansk Gus

    June 28, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Balazar

    He is basically saying to her, "Don't tell them you really think or you will never make it. Follow my lead – LIE."

    June 28, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. A Kickin' Donkey

    The Prez is getting his salt-n-pepper hair thing on.

    I don't care what you say, that job ages whomever is in it ... at least his hair color.

    Keep on working out sir, eating those antioxidants and healthy meals.

    In 2017, you'll be the finest sitting statesman in our country's history ... and you'll still be a youngster for the Supreme Court !

    June 28, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. ib

    She is about far left looney tune as this president and that is why no way should she be confirmed. We need justices that are center minded not far left or right.

    June 28, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    I watched Sessions, Kyl and the other republican slime today in their idiotic remarks. How anyone could be a republican and be proud is beyond belief.

    June 28, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Gary

    You go girl. Don't let them get you down. They are Republicans and can't help it.

    June 28, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Willy Brown

    Another boot licker for Barry

    June 28, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Where's the article detailing how the GOP basically goose-stepped their talking points absolutely TRASHING Thurgood Marshall all day solely because this woman was his clerk at one point? Hmmm? Trying to help the GOP escape more evidence that they just don't give a flying rat's pink patoot about truth, historical accuracy or respect for those who served this country honorably? They've got nothing of substance to attack Kagan with, so they've decided to go with more "say anything" BS and focus on guilt-by-association circumstantial nonsense entirely rooted in a horrifying mischaracterization of Marshall's record. It's disgusting and an absolute atrocity. Justice isn't served by their tripe, but they don't care and neither do the head-nodding true-believing Limbot GOP basers that simply take up the refrain and repeat all the nonsense they're given as if it's on cue cards they receive in the godd-mn mail every day.

    June 28, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. Paula

    Are you kidding me, they are just going to let her fly through like they do all of them. Should they?? No!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 28, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    These confirmation hearings are no more than "grand standing". Kagan will be confirmed, this is just make busy work in Washington.

    June 28, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "atleast 37 Supreme Court justices that had NO bench experience and made S.C. Justice nonetheless, some were Republicans,"

    Indeed...it was 40. One was Rhenquist...Captain Conservatard....a real dittohead hero.

    June 28, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. Stop left wing judicial activism

    Kagen = Educated, but inexperienced = unqualified

    She's never been a judge.

    Obama= Educated, but inexperienced = unqualified

    He's never held a real job outside 'education'.

    June 28, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. she seemed excited

    silly thing to look forward to, they are about to insult her non stop until the vote, terrible process

    June 28, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. Jane

    The supreme court is not what it use to be now it is only a political tool to advance ideology.

    June 28, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. Allen in Hartwell GA

    I hope she rips the Republican attack-dogs a new one, but that isn't the way it's done. Too bad we can't have some real people in the Senate, who are interested in a good justice instead of grandstanding.

    June 28, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. Far Lefty Looney

    Is she as wise as soto is? (sarcasm ) Probably the same caliber ( pun intended)against personal freedoms and a big gun control freak.

    June 28, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  21. Naqib

    It will still be 5/4.... She's a radical liberal... replacing the same...

    In the end... No change...

    No problem...

    No issue...

    Good luck Ma'am.... I'm sure you will make it!

    June 28, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  22. Slick William

    I can hear it now...

    Gee, when you get confirmed you can help me keep all my records confidential forever and ever!

    June 28, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |