July 14th, 2009
02:45 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama uses his White House e-mail list to praise Sotomayor

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/14/art.sotohand0714.gi.jpg caption="In an e-mail sent to supporters Tuesday, President Obama said the public would see 'a sharp and fearless jurist' when Judge Sotomayor takes questions from senators."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - As Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor faced her first day of questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, President Obama sent a message to supporters asking them to forward an e-mail praising the judge to their individual networks of contacts.

The president praised Sotomayor as having a "brilliant legal mind . . . complemented by the practical lessons that can only be learned by applying the law to real world situations."

"And then there is Judge Sotomayor's incredible personal story," Obama also writes, making reference to Sotomayor's rags-to-robes rise from a South Bronx housing project to the federal appellate courts.

"It takes a certain resilience and determination to rise up out of such circumstances, focus, work hard and achieve the American dream," Obama tells his supporters.

In the message, Obama also seems to promise his supporters that Sotomayor will make a good showing up against what will likely be some tough questioning during the confirmation hearings.

"What members of the Judiciary Committee, and the American people, will see today is a sharp and fearless jurist who does not let powerful interests bully her into breaking from the rule of law."

Obama's e-mail also contains a link to a post on the White House's blog where users can view a video clip of Sotomayor's opening statement delivered Monday afternoon before the Senate Judiciary Committee as well as other information about Obama's nominee.

The e-mail was sent out through the White House e-mail list for supporters who signed up to receive updates from the Obama administration on whitehouse.gov.

In late May, both Obama and Vice President Biden sent out e-mails about Sotomayor to their supporters using the e-mail list of Organizing for America, an organization affiliated with the Democratic National Committee that was set-up to continue the grassroots work of the millions who supported Obama during the presidential campaign.

Filed under: President Obama • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Larry

    I agree with the Pres. She was a good choice..

    July 14, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Proud Soldiers Mom

    Simply AMAZING!
    Well he finally Campaigned himself to the top, and as a professional Campaigner he has no job. So now, he campaigns for others.
    Can we get a REAL president?

    July 14, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. donttreadonme

    European-American July 14th, 2009 3:45 pm ET
    We could actually get rid of alot of entitlement programs if everyone would just show a little initiative like Obama and Sotomayor and took personal responsibility for themselves and quit playing the victim.
    Oh wait, that could destroy the democrat party as we know it.
    Well put!! For such an "unfair country" there are tons of rags to riches stories.
    While my wife and I are not "rich" we do pretty well and come from dirt poor lower income rural families. Are our achievements less of someone that is poor and lives in an urban environment???

    Make no mistake about it the battle between Dems and Repubs is a struggle of rural and urban values.

    July 14, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Chris

    I'm afraid that what Obama, the man with African blood running through his veins, likes about this woman is that she's not a white man who would ignore his African race when interpreting the law! The greatest country in the world was founded by Europeans (who, if you believe historians) are descended from Africans. The world would do well to learn how to accept caucasian people for the good they have done to people of all races. In spite of the bad done by the caucasian race, no other race of people has done so much good for so many different races. Obama, being of both African and caucasian blood, should understand what is needed more than anyone.

    July 14, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "activist judges such as Clarence Thomas"

    Thomas isn't an activist judge. The conservatives lead him around by the short and curlies he likes to leave on Coke cans. Dude hasn't had an original thought in his life, let alone while on the bench.

    July 14, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Matt

    Propaganda what any good socialist understands. When something can not sell itself then hard sell it and force others to go along. Strong arm and soft soap Barry.

    July 14, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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