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. Hugo

    If she has such a brilliant legal mind why were half over her cases overturned? Could it be that she is biased by race or gender? Let us hope a group of wise old white dudes debunks a biased affirmative action hero!

    July 14, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. patess

    Isn't there a law against the government sending out propaganda to American citizens?

    July 14, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. David

    Wow, is obama really talking like it is impossible for anyone else from the Bronx to be able to work hard? You're right Obama, only she can come from the Bronx and ne able to work hard and focus...thanks, the rest of us are just thugs with no future right...

    July 14, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Jeremy, DE

    I would also like to praise Sonia Sotomayor. She is holding her own with some tough questions. After the hearings are over, I c an't wait to congratulate her on her appointment for the Supreme Court, as I know she will be approved. How can she not be, she's qualified and the best possible choice.

    Kudos to the future Supreme Court Justice, and kudos to the president for making a sound choice.

    July 14, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. Ken

    Good job Obama. Let the nattering nabobs of negativism on the right have their say, and embarass themselves in doing so,...but then its welcome to the SCOTUS Justice Sotomayor.

    July 14, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Neil, MT

    I was a little disturbed when Graham mentioned the word "meltdown". Funny, I don't recall them saying meltdown with Roberts, but no matter. Justice Sotomayor will be appointed and she will sit on the bench. Period.

    July 14, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Obama=disaster

    Well what would you expect him to do?? Admit he only chose her because she is a Latina woman or try to snow us over and convince us she is the best they have to offer. Democrats don't want the best, they want the best quota filler available!

    July 14, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. TCM

    I wonder if Obama is mentioning in his emails to his cohorts that over 60% of her cases were overturned by a higher court...and that he wouldn't have considered her if she were white, or perhaps black.? That he was in search solely of a hispanic female to win votes, the heck with her qualifications?

    The country needs to realize that if this was a job with a private firm, there would have been hundreds of applicants...and her record would have placed her near the bottom of the pool....yet, Obama and his liberal supporters feel she's right for the job? What a slap in the face to all hispanics....Affirmative Action placed her here; not merit.

    July 14, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. yuri

    Is that a smart move by BHO? We wonder. While the senate confirmation process is goin' on, it ill-behooves on any Sotomayor supporter to send e-mail in her praise, which may exasperate the already enraged GOP elite(?).

    July 14, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Pat

    this if funny. A Supreme court nominee is a very powerful person, that no one should take lightly in reviewing their qualifications. So we have no comments on this, but 270+ on a Palin ticker story. Where are your priorities?

    July 14, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Right Leaning Independent

    Even if you do not know anything about her – send a glowing appraisal of her so that all others will be brain washed.... No sense in checking her out yourself since Obama has taken care of it for you...

    July 14, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. white supremacist = al qaeda =hamas = terrorism

    She is latina, and she will be supreme court justice. The uneducated haters on this site can move to another country if they don't like it here anymore because Obama will nominate 3 more justices all minority (soon to be majority)

    July 14, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. JM

    This was a horrible selection, made for ethnicity reasons, not qualifications. I voted for Obama and with many more such picks, I'll not vote for him again. This is an absolutely horrid choice. I was afraid we'd see choices like this and have. Merit should be the only qualification for the Supreme Court of this great nation. I'm appalled by this choice.

    July 14, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. Sagin

    What a brilliant president commending a brilliant Jurist! Way to Go President Obama. Anyone who is very comfortable in his/her own skin will never shy away from telling things 'as is'. Obama and the judge, in my opinion, are very comfortable in their outfits!


    July 14, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. J of K

    How do we stop the 'spam' coming from the WH? How did they get my email addr , this is invasion of my privacy.!

    July 14, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. PD

    I recieved one of Obama's emails praising Sotomayor. I don't care. this woman is unfit to serve as a supreme court justice. Her ruling turnover rate is dismal. But hey, I'm sure if she doesn't get confirmed Obama will find another job for her to do courtesy of you and me and all the other taxpayers. The man lied to all of us on his campaign. "No new spending!" – he has spent more than all previous administrations combined; "if we pass my stimulus package, unemployement won't go higher than 8%" – hey buddy, it's passed that mark and will climb to 13%; "I will end the bipartisanship in Washington!" – you passed your lack of stimulus package without any republican backing. Good job

    July 14, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    So are these the new DittoHeads?
    Obama spouts the talking points to his email list and the Obamamaniacs do as they're told?
    I wonder if the recepients are even paying attention?

    July 14, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Carl

    I don't care what she nor Obama say , she is still a RACIST.

    July 14, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Independent_me

    The Repugs have a bunch of their picks on the Supreme Court – including activist judges such as Clarence Thomas and Roberts who re-interpret the law all the time... they need to shut up and sit down...

    July 14, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. jaye

    She deserves praise – she will be an excellent supreme court justice.
    The republicans want a conservative so they can rig another election (remember Bush).

    July 14, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. southerncousin

    And if the senate confirms her the economy will turn around, we will undo global warming and we will have health care reform at no additional cost and no body will pay any more in taxes. That is the message he is sending. Lies by a liar.

    July 14, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. rags-to-robes?

    is this really the best way to describe her work?

    July 14, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. James

    She is not from a "South Bronx housing project", but rather from a Bronx housing project. Maybe the distinction doesn't matter to people outside of NYC, but there is a big difference.

    July 14, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Thin is in?

    The hapless commander in chief can't let her stand on her own merits, he needs to assist.

    Simple question even for you Barry, and sorry, teleprompters are not allowed to assist with your answer:

    If she simply "mispoke or used a poor choice of words" as you, Gibbs and now she states, how do you account for her saying this type of statement at least 7 times over the years, the speech that we all refer to is a speech that SHE WROTE and SHE READ from and lastly Barry, if she "mispoke", how do you also account for her having the speech published VERBATIM?

    You uh, uh, uh understand what verbatim means don't you, AS IS!

    This fraud and Sonia can't handle the truth and neither can you sheep, the pain you are feeling is called the truth and sometimes it hurts.

    Four and the door.

    July 14, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |

    the intent of repeating a "compelling biography" is to elicit human "empathy" for the person; and to promote a kinship sense of trust based upon the perseverance exhibited by that person.

    that strategy is a proven formula that delivered the current under-qualified power of personality president

    July 14, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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