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. addon

    Judge Sotomayor brings an elegance to the position of jurist. Her real life story isn't a product of affirmative action. It is one of academic achievement and shouldn't be denegraded by political soundbits intended to persuade and strengthen opposition.

    She has the experience and has proven herself in all areas of the judicial system

    July 14, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Doug, New Jersey

    Sotomayor for his first term and if we are stupid enough as a nation to elect him for a second we will see a William Ayers, Ward Churchill, Jeremiah Wright lib type to the court. These libs, including people like Sotomayer/Ginsberg, have no use for the law, they just want to enslave the American public under their hateful liberalism where we no long control our own destiny. Don't be a part of it, vote republican.

    July 14, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Gerald

    What every liberal is failing to mention is that she appointed Judge by the elder Bush. Again the facts hidden by the media , this will only be reported if she fails to be confirmed.

    July 14, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |

    I'm certainly glad I'm not on his list.

    July 14, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This is how you back up your nominee. Do you honestly think Bush would have done the same thing for Harriet Myers?

    July 14, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. videodrome

    Okay, so can we get this confirmation hearing over with??
    She will most likely be voted in, so why waste all this time on chit-chat??

    July 14, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. European-American

    I truly wish the Democrat voters would learn from all these rags to riches stories from their party.
    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.

    July 14, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. jaye

    Sarah Palin QUIT – and John McCain and the rest of the republicans trying to convince us that she didn't quit is just plain stupid.
    SHE QUIT!!!

    July 14, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |

    His typical community organization skills, thats how he got elected, thats also why the polls he takes are lop sided, most of the Americans that really support this country don't get contacted. I'm sure acorn is tied in as well as the other fringe groups.

    July 14, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. amanda

    I would definitely vite for her. She is indeed brilliant, focused, and determined. The fact the she is from the projects, graduated top of her class, and the one who always follows the law - that is the kind of judge we need. Keep up the good job, judge!!!

    July 14, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I guess her qualifications don't speak for themselves if he needs an advertising campaign.

    July 14, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Bob in Pa

    Yes sir, Baracks his group of criminals taught her to sound slightly conservative just as BO did during the election. Just wait till the blinders come off.

    July 14, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Chai-wallah

    Ture...very true. I received one as well, but is this unusual? He is the first President to communicate effectively via email and blog and he uses those methods wisely.

    Sorry for your bad feelings "unhappy DEM" I know and anyone with a brain knows you are not a DEM. You can fool a few but not very many. Gotcha!

    July 14, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. LIZ

    He praises his nominee while demanding Heathcare reform be pushed thru before July ends. Let's put the President and his family, Pelosi and her family, and all government workers on this wonderful watered down healthcare for a trial period.
    If it works well for our "leaders" then push it thru for everyone. Lead by example for a CHANGE we can believe in.

    July 14, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Big Al

    The facts speak for themselves. This brialliant jurist has been overturned by the Supreme Court on more occasions than she has been upheld. If this was a white dude, the nomination would have been withdrawn after the racist decision concerning the New Haven firefighters was overturned.

    July 14, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. joann

    All I have to say is....Haters keep hating...make yourselves feel good...

    July 14, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. Alicia

    BRAVO Sotomayor!!!

    I find it hilarious for White men to be talking discrimination. Also, the Seshoms who is the biggest racist ever who called a Black attorney 'boy' is asking her if she is a racist? LOL

    Here cases were not overturned by the way....she followed the law given to her.

    July 14, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. Eric

    As a wise old white male, I'd like to offer a suggestion for the future of SCOTUS based on the richness of my experience: Why still only 9 justices? The Constitution allows for more. Let's increase the number to 13 or 15, or even 17 - and add more women and minorities. Let's even throw a muslim in there!! Given the fundraising opportunities afforded to both parties by the circus of the confirmation process, I'm truly surprised this hasn't already occurred. We could give the D's and R's an equal number of nominees and still have an odd number of justices after the process was completed (9+4+4=17). If we can give AIG & GM billions, we can pay for a more "fair & balanced" SCOTUS.

    July 14, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. jm

    It's too bad Miguel Estrada was not treated better by the Dems.

    July 14, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. minnie

    She is right up there with Ginnsburg. What a duo!!!
    Somebody help us.

    July 14, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |

    The whole problem with the current administration is their policy on affirmative action and their stand on political correctness. This is the whole problem with hiring and firing. We gotr to hire by quota and fire the experienced which is why we have problems.

    Training cost money and retraining cost more.

    Affirmative Action and Political Correctness is destroying the work sector.

    July 14, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    CNN...let's do a poll to see who believes these idiots when they say

    "I am a [insert party affiliation] and I'm so darn-tootin' upset with the [same party] and [insert major party leader] and how they've [insert talking point from the other parety]"

    please? it's so insipid it makes me vomit in my mouth a little every time I see it

    July 14, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Randolpho Carteris

    Haha. Get used to it, republican haters. This country is getting browner by the minute. Soon you'll be the minority. Maybe McDonalds will start serving McMigas for breakfast. Yummy. Buenas Tardes!

    July 14, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    @ Hugo, who asked "If she has such a brilliant legal mind why were half over her cases overturned? "

    Ummmmm...check your facts there buddy...she has rendered thousands of opinions in her 17 years on the bench as a circuit judge and then as an appellate judge. Something like 8 of them have been heard on appeal and the SCOTUS doesn't generally bother with appeals unless they either present an issue of first impression (if you don't know what that is, then look it up while checking your facts) or have sufficient merit in the first place to be bothered. That 6 of 8 or whatever it is have been overturned...some by extremely close margins, like the New Haven case (5 to 4), is no suprise and does not reflect ill on her skill as a judge.

    July 14, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. Bill in California

    OCTOBAMA says jump, your job is to say 'how high'. Maybe communication devices implanted on the side of the libs skulls will be more expedient.

    July 14, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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