[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/28/art.obamakagan.gi.jpg caption="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.