[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/10/art.obama.kagan.video.0510.youtube.ofa.jpg caption="President Obama spoke directly to the camera in a video e-mailed to his supporters in which he touts his Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, as ‘one of our nation’s foremost legal minds.’"]Washington (CNN) - Just hours after President Obama named Elena Kagan as his pick to replace Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court, his political operation sent an e-mail to 13 million supporters featuring the president urging them to rally support for her nomination.
Obama spoke directly to the camera in a four minute video accompanied by a note that was sent to his Organizing for America e-mail list. Readers were encouraged to click on a link in the e-mail that directed them to a campaign style website promoting Kagan's nomination.
In the video, Obama lauds Kagan as "one of our nation's foremost legal minds," and "an acclaimed legal scholar." He also described Kagan, the current solicitor general, as "superb."
"I hope that the Senate will act in a bipartisan fashion as they did in confirming Elena to be our solicitor general last year," Obama said in the video. "And that they will do so as swiftly as possible so that she can take her seat in time to fully participate in the work of the court this fall."
Kagan was confirmed by the Senate as solicitor general in March 2009.
"When Justice Stevens wrote me to announce his retirement, I knew that the Court would be losing a standard bearer," Obama wrote in the accompanying note. "And I felt a responsibility to nominate an individual capable of being that same guiding force, a consistent voice of reason on the Court."
"I am certain I have made the right choice," Obama added. "As you learn more about Elena, I am confident you'll see what I do - that she is a voice we need on the Supreme Court."
OFA is the organization that grew out of Obama's presidential campaign in 2008 and is now housed at the Democratic National Committee.