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May 26, 2009

Behind Obama's Announcement

The New York Times reports President Obama reached his decision to pick Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court over the long Memorial Day weekend, "but it was not disclosed until Tuesday morning when he informed his advisers of his choice less than three hours before the announcement was scheduled to take place."

"Mr. Obama telephoned Judge Sotomayor at 9 p.m. on Monday, officials said, advising her that she was his choice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Later Monday night, Mr. Obama called the three other finalists -- Judge Diane P. Wood of Chicago, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Solicitor General Elena Kagan -- to inform them that he had selected Judge Sotomayor."

"White House officials worked into the night to prepare for the announcement, without knowing who it would be."

NBC News notes Sotomayor was at White House for seven hours last Thursday and went undiscovered.

Update: Here are the White House prepared talking points on Sotomayor's nomination.


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