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May 26th, 2009
09:56 AM ET

Sotomayor: Supreme Court Pick

President Obama has made his choice.  We know more about Sonia Sotomayor a day after the announcement.  Now we want to hear from you.

The President is nominating federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, she would be the first Hispanic and third woman to serve on the high court.

Send us your thoughts about the President’s pick and we’ll read some of them on air from 11am – 1pm ET.

Filed under: Tony Harris
soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. Donny

    Liberals and especialy Liberals from New York, have proven to be the nastiest and most close-minded people in this country.

    May God have mercy on this country as Liberals take over.

    That our Judges are shaping new laws is truly frightening.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  2. Steven Joyce

    At the moment, we have way too many, way to conservative, judges on the Court. Any candidate not so starchy would help to add some balance. Sonia Sotomayor seems to have the academic background, but nobody really knows her or her politics. Either way, they will put her through extraordinary hoops during the confirmation process, for sure.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  3. Alexandra Teran

    Please!! Do not say she is immigrant as I just heard in CNN. She is Puertorican descendent and as you should know Puertorican are American citizen not immigrant. Be hispanic is one thing, but to say that Puertorican are immigrant is a big mistake.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  4. Max Lambie

    I am somewhat dissapointed.She is too old and lacks intellectual firepower that is now surely needed on the court. Diane Wood or
    Jeniffer Granholm were the best choices.

    Puerto Rico did not support President Obama. A mediocre and politically correct course.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  5. Veronica Alford

    This is the best choice Mr. Obama could have made. It's a "no lose" proposition for him. If confirmed, he will probably have appointed a reliably liberal judge in the mold of Justice Souter and if the Republicans are able to reject her nomination, it will confirm to all Hispanics that the Republicans are reliably anti- hispanic ( and maybe even racist) in their views.It will ,consequently, enhance President Obama's position within the Hispanic community for they will be grateful that he appointed her and will recognize who the real culprits are, if he nomination is turned back.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  6. Michael

    Judge Sotomayor is definetly qualified for this job.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  7. Felix

    President Obama is the President of United States in the right time in the right moment. I guess it is a good choise this woman come for a poor back ground is educated and some people get to forget that Puerto Ricans American had fought in the wars fighting for the United States I think that it is a good pick.

    The Supreme Court needs more women in the Bench, women make I think almost have or more of the United States population plus there are more than 40 million Latinos descendand in this country.


    May 26, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  8. Stephen J Dunston

    An excellent choice. This is a poor girl from New York City that has risen by her own hard work and her intelligence to become a very valid candidate to be a Supreme Court Justice. She will bring a perspective about what life is really like for the poorer citizens in our country to that Court.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  9. Jeanette Soto

    I believe President Obama made an outstanding pick that was not solely based on her ethnic heritage and gender. This woman has an incredible educational background and personal story. She personifies the American dream and all the wonderful opportunities made possible in this great country of ours. Buena suerte Ms. Sotomayor!!!

    May God continue to bless America!

    May 26, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  10. José F. Colón

    A latin woman, grown in the Bronx, with a Puerto Rican her mother, Sotomayor believes in sunshine laws, meaning, letting the people know clealy how government works. Can you ask for a more perfect choice?

    May 26, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  11. William Barnes

    Reviewing the career of Judge Sotomayor, I found it interesting that in only two of her opinions were reversed by the Supreme Court, both on grounds of Statuatory interpretation NOT Jurisprudence.

    source: SCOTUS


    May 26, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  12. NewsBuster

    I personally think that Sotomayor is a good choice for the supreme court. She will probably be like a more moderate liberal like Obama is, and it is good that we finally chose a Hispanic as a supreme court judge. Conservatives are probably going to try and block here from succeeding because they for one don't like blacks as it is, they are anti-Hispanic, and they think the poor are lazy and don't deserve to get help from the government. I am sure we won't regret having her as our supreme court judge.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  13. Peggy

    I was very struck by the way Vice President Biden (especially) and President Obama were treating her after her speech. They definitely acted differently than if she were a man. What's with all the hugging and reassuring?? It seemed patronizing to me. She looked annoyed.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  14. Stephen Monteith

    There’s always at least one case that provides a backdoor to a judge’s (or politician’s) true ideology. In Judge Sotomayor’s case, ruling that minority quotas are more important than ability to save lives in the New Haven firefighter case shows where her priorities lie. As I understand it, that case will soon find its way before the Supreme Court, in a strange twist of fate.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  15. barbara

    well done now our government will better reflect the true idea and representation of the many diffrent rainbow colors which make up or our great nation.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  16. don gattin

    finally, the next one should be native american.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  17. Mary Clark

    Great choice! I'm thrilled! She is the most qualified in decades and will have the common sense background to see issues in terms others can never do.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  18. Sonny R

    Heidi, I thought the selection was great, what disappointed me was your station reported her mother was deceased. Did you not do a check of your facts before you reported this?

    May 26, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  19. Tanvir Rahman

    I am so happy that Our president chose Judge Sonya, As an Immigrant myself, Now Am so hopeful for my Five neices that are growing up in the New york area, Now They too can someday become Supreme court Justice.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  20. Bill

    The darkest day in this country was when Obama was elected,now the country continues to grow darker with that supreme court choice,may God have mercy on this country.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  21. SEB


    Puerto Rico may not have supported Obama but the Puerto Ricans on the MAIN LAND, who outnumber the islanders, sure did.

    Sotomayor is a great choice for the suffy supreme court. Thank goodness they didn't nominate yet another white man to the position!

    May 26, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  22. J.Johnson

    I think Sotomayor is an excellent choice to place on the Supreme Court. I'm sick of these "Is she qualified?" questions. As an African-American, I hate it that whenever a minority is offered a prime position, older Americans want to know if they are qualified.

    Thank God for the new generation of kids coming alone who are not saddled with this level of blindness.

    P.S. That "judicial activitism" is just a political hack. Every justice is somewhat of an judicial activitist, particularly conservative ones who are looking to rollback decisions. If I wanted to be subjective to the thinking of the original founding fathers, I'll enslave myself!

    May 26, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  23. Edgar

    I am outrage, that some commentators , particularly John Kings marginalise the selection of Ms Sotomayor by claiming that she does not have the intellectual firepower to take on Scalia or the judicial challenges that thet Supreme Court faces. So, how in the world did she get this far???

    May 26, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  24. Antonio Rodriguez

    One cannot lose sight that Puerto Rican's are not immigrants in the United States. Sonia Sotomayor and her parents are not immigrants in the US. Puerto Ricans have been US citizens since 1917 (Jones Act), so Sonia Sotomayor is not an immigrant but a natural born US citizen.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  25. Sandra in Georgia

    Absolutely a superb choice for Supreme Court in Sonia Sotomayor–she is facing a big Republican opposition as they will oppose anything not in THEIR INTEREST whether is it good for the country or not!!!! Her confirmation to the Court will provide more of a balance which is badly needed in the present configuration.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  26. Tonya Smith

    We are so proud of our President; as well as his decision. We are happy to see that America is now becoming a country of all ethnicities.

    Congratulations to Judge Sotomayor. We need this change in America!


    May 26, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  27. Jesús Lebrón

    As a South-Bronx born, gay Puerto Rican man I am very excited about Pres. Obama’s nominee of Ms. Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. We may not know how she’ll vote on issues of concern to immigrants and same-sex couples, but given her background, it’s reasonable to hope, perhaps expect, that she will vote favorably on same-sex marriage and immigration were the issue of the repeal of DOMA and progressive reform immigration law to come to her desk. Very excited indeed!

    May 26, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  28. jow wassil

    This nomination suggests the beginning of the end of White America.
    Her ruling on the New Haven test is indicative of her prejudice against anyone caucasian. This is exactly the philosophy that Obama wants. She is a perfect match for his agenda.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  29. Emelia

    This is a great country. A country where an African american president has nominated a hispanic woman to be supreme court justice. Sotomayor will be very good at her job because she remembers where she comes from. When one knows where they come from then and only then do you know where you are going. This is the change we have been waiting for in this beautiful land. She has impeccable education and one with education as hers will be used in this great country of ours.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  30. Scott Stodden

    I dont think that President Obama could have chosen any one better than Sonia Sotomayor, she brings so much class, intelligence and experience to the Supreme Court. Im so happy that President Obama has made this decision, I kind of figured he would pick a Hispanic to be confirmed and she looks like a beautiful woman who has served as a judge for many years. I believe she will change the way the Supreme Court handles there business, she will be a force to be recokoned with. Im so happy to live in these days when I can see a black president, the first Hispanic woman appointed to the Supreme Court, I was moved to tears watching Sonia Sotomayor's speech, she is so beautiful. There are going to be at least 2 more justice positions opening up in the future what else could we see? I would like to see a African-American women be appointed. Congratulations to Sonia Sotomayor and thank you so much to President Obama for bringing diversity to Washington and the Supreme Court.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, IL)

    May 26, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  31. N. Mercado, Ph.D.

    Also as s a Puerto Rican woman of color who's parents migrated to the U.S.and could not go beyond an eight grade education and so, impressed upon their children the importance of obtaining a good education; who also grew up in public housing, I know how hard it has been and still is to compete in any professional arena in the United States.

    I salute President Obama's independence of mind in choosing Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  32. Melissa

    Ms. Sotomayor has the experience, knowledge, and ability to be a good Supreme Court Justice. I believe that she should be confirmed, however, knowing the history that the (conservative) Republicans take when facing the confirmation of a moderate or liberal candidate, also believe that many of them will say dramatic things to try to stop confirmation.

    It appears to me, a former Republican who votes for the person, that this current rendition of the Republican party is exclusive, and far too conservative to remain a viable political party. That does not make me happy, as I believe that the two party system is one of the reasons that our nation has survived and been so widely admired.

    The (mostly southern and exclusively white men) club of Republicans are frightened of losing their power. I lived for many years in Georgia in the 1970's. I worked on a military base and became friends with the people I worked with. However, they, even then, belonged to the KKK or thought nothing wrong of them. In their words, they were a social organization. I attended college there, also, and in my political science class, I was the only one, besides the professor, who knew the political planks of the 2 parties. When the south became educated, as we all know, they realized that the Republican party was really the party that mirrored their conservative views and the south turned Republican.

    They (Republicans) vote against any growth or inclusiveness. They want to remain the white party in power. This is only the beginning of reality: minorities will become the majority in the near future (due to population growth) and the party that excludes others than whites is bound to fail.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  33. Edward


    This is an incredible choice: intellectually and philosophically. Bravo, Mr. President.


    May 26, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  34. Brandon Carroll

    This is a great pick. Diversity adds different perspectives to the Supreme Court. Obama is changing this country for the better. Social justice is on the horizon.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  35. Carlos Gonzalez

    The face of America under Obama is clearing changing. No longer should minorities have any excuse on becoming whatever they aspire to be. The story of Sotomayor is just a fraction of the lives of so many Americans, one nation under God.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  36. Brandon Carroll

    This is an amazing. Her diverse background will add a new and unique perspective to the Supreme Court. Obama is changing this country for the better. We are moving forward in a progressive, positive way. Social justice is on the horizon.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  37. Charlie

    You keep referring to her as the first Hispanic to (potentially) serve on the Supreme Court. What about Justice Cardozo? Does he not count because his family was from Portugal? Or because they were Jewish? I think he was probably still Hispanic. I guess she would still be the first Hispanic woman.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  38. Ricardo de Leon

    I think her being hispanic is an issue being that we make up more than 14% of the population yet do not hold top level jobs. As a physician it is not very often that you come in contact w/ a professional counterpart of the same race...opportunities are available, but far to sparse.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  39. gerardo rodriguez

    That was the best choice that represents the change in america as we now have a more equal representation of the population in the US

    May 26, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  40. Phillip Charles

    You know what at least now we're talking in this country and debating, Something the past administration squelched everytime it could. Viva America!

    May 26, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  41. Diane Gold

    I listened to the Judge this morning and was very impressed with her remarks. It meant a great deal to me to hear that she was humbled by this honor. Humility is part of humanity and the entire legal system would do well to apply humanity to its rulings.
    Since she has already been a bi-partisan appointee, I enthusiastically endorse her candidacy as our next supreme court justice.
    Diane Gold

    May 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |

    Some republican has already commented that Sotomayor may not have the brain power as Robert, in spite of her academic background. I would like to remind that person that a non-white person has to be much smarter than a white person to get the same grades in college. Therefore, after considering grade inflation, which is only connected with white students, Sotomayor is probably a lot smarter that Robert by a long shot.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  43. Dan Almaral

    We are celebrating at my University here in Miami Florida for Sotomayor's nomination. She fits on the Obama's ADN = Different, Young, Clever and willing to work for the people!

    Yes! Some salsa at Court House won't be bad at all!

    May 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  44. José F. Colón

    If it was just for her Puerto Rican background I would be, (and in my heart I am), jumping up and down. Nevertheless, from what I have learned of Sonia Sotomayor's education, legal background and decisions make her a valuable person who will, undoubtedly, from the Supreme Court, make decisions not only from the heart, but based on legal background and experience.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  45. Danielle

    Are race and gender important when choosing a supreme court justice??? ABSOLUTELY! Unbeknownst to most people and even some judges, judges make their decisions from the perspective and lens of their own life experiences. If every judge on the bench is of wealth and never lived in poverty they cannot truly appreciate the needs and issues of the poor. Judge Sotomayor's race and gender simply give her a different life experience than the majority of judges on the bench currently and they will only help with a true depiction of the constitution that is fair and equal.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  46. DaveJohnsen Jr.

    Kudos, to the President.I believe in his leadership choices and this is one ,for sure...

    May 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  47. BRIAN

    This is a fantastic moment in history! Though we have come far to overcome prejudice and racism, President Obama's pick of Judge Sotomayor is another step in the right direction. She is smart, wise, and highly capable. I believe she will serve our country well.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  48. Bree Fisher

    speaking to Sotomayor's comment on legislation by the judiciary... the reality is when legislators will not pull their fingers out of their ears and make clarifications about serious gray areas particularly in social arenas the judicial system ends up making judgments which have the effective impact of legislation. she was not necessarily saying that the judiciary should be taking over the role of legislators.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  49. Mickey

    No Brainer, Disregard ethnicity and religion...Just the qualifications: this extremely qualified member of the Federal Judiciary can help our great land by hitting the ground running in September 2009.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  50. regina

    we cannot ignore the increasing number of the hispanic population in the united states. they need representation in the supreme court. this is someone who is qualified who just happens to be a woman.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  51. Bob Carr

    The Media are representing Judge Sotomayor as only a “moderate” liberal and a judge of “bipartisan pedigree.” She is neither.

    Judge Sotomayor’s elevation to the Appeals Court was unanimously opposed by Republican Senators. Unwilling to perform the limited role accorded her by the Constitution, she has declared that the Court of Appeals is where "policy is made." Moreover, she has declared that it is not enough for a judge to be unbiased in reaching a decision but should consider racial and gender differences. Her decisions have been overturned in 5 out of 6 times they have been reviewed by the Supreme Court… and the 1 time her decision was upheld, she was unanimously faulted for her reasoning!

    This nomination demands that Republicans and Democrats alike step back, breathe deeply and impartially review her resume. If they perform their role with judgment rather than partisanship, they must find that Judge Sotomayor fails to meet the standards to which Democrats and Republicans alike have held prior nominees to the Supreme Court. The nomination of Judge Sotomayor is not worthy of President Obama or the American people.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  52. missl

    Our brilliant President continues to display his invaluable intelligence. He is a true Critical Thinker...GOO JOB

    May 26, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  53. Carlos

    Being a Mexican and Puerto Rican college student, Judge Sonia Sotomayor is an inspiration for the Latino community be setting a new standard that we can work towards. Her hard work and dedication to law shows Latino students, like myself that anything is possible. I think President Obama made an excellent choice in setting a new trend once again for the United States.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  54. Tina

    I feel that john King should be less outspoken about his views, when you are a commentator for CNN you should be more general – you are not God Mr. King, we do not need your option. Report the facts,
    that is what youare paid for. Thank You.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  55. marlene pinto

    I am a white, elderly proud voter and agree that Sonia Sotomayor is the most qualified candidate for the Supreme Court in every way. Today is one of joy and pride for me to literally see that our country will now be eveh more fair and balanced.
    Kudos to President Obama for his continued brilliance and intelligence in serving us all.
    Grateful American

    May 26, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  56. Malcolm

    Obama made a wise and groundbreaking pick to the Supreme Court. It is entirely appropriate to cover the significance of her ethnicity; if we were really a post-racial society then we would be able to comfortably celebrate each others' unique attributes both ethnic and intellectual.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  57. Izzy

    Never heard of her, woman of latin descent, honors her mother by sayin she is the reason she is. Sounds like a good pick

    May 26, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  58. David in Carlisle, PA

    The tapestry of America is woven with a variety of citizens, and our representatives – governmental, judiciary – must include everyone. Kudos to President Obama for looking forward and nominating Judge Sotomayer. I pray for her quick confirmation. I suspect that The Party Of No (GOP) will likely foam at the mouth over this pick. However, doing so will only further confirm the self-destructive exclusivity that is eroding a rapidly irrelevant Republican ideology.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  59. Irma Negron Nesci

    What an inspiratiion she is and will be to all those young people in the Bronx having to navigate a poor economy, drugs and a plethora of life's problems. She did, I did in the 50's and 60's and so will today's youth. Obama, you are brilliant.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  60. Cathy Carswell Reis

    Great choice! I am celebrating today because I think it is great that a female has been appointed. Her experience portrays her in an attractive way in that she understands the rights of the common person. I have been a victim of the legal system, in that the court system is made up of the GOOD OLE BOY system that only gives justice to the wealthy and men. I did not realize this until I experienced the corrupt practices. first hand, This is a reflection on how the country is changing and I hope that Judge Sonia Sotomayor will reflect her values in the Supreme Court and lower courts so that equality of justice is provided to ALL PEOPLE AND NOT JUST THE GOOD OLE BOYS!

    May 26, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  61. Tony Coelho

    This is a very positive appointment to those of us with disabilities. She acknowledges her diabetes – as did Obama today. The Supreme Court 10 years ago – in the Sutton Case – ruled that diabetes and epilepsy were not covered by the ADA and that Congress did not intend to include them when it passed ADA in 1990. As the author of the ADA and one who has epilepsy – I know that was wrong. It took us from then until November of last year to get legislation to correct that decision. Now Judge Sotomayor could well be the voice on the Court that the disability community has never had.

    Great choice – bold move – very much appreciated by our community.

    Tony Coelho

    May 26, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  62. Jordan A.

    A lot has been made over the question of Judge Sotomayor's promotion due to race. While normally consideration of race is irrelevant to job performance, in a pubic service job such as a federal justice the unique background provided due to both her Hispanic heritage and growing up in a low-socioeconomic environment provides the court with the unique insight it needs as it considers more abstract questions of community standards and the nature of laws, not just their letter.

    While a judge cannot legislate from the bench (and they have no enforcement power anyway [that is the purview of the executive branch who may ignore Supreme Court decisions. See: Andrew Jackson]), they are tasked with finding the rules for communities that exist between statutes, and clarifying the law where statures may have been written too vauge.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  63. Jean Collins

    I think President Obama choice for Supreme Court is a sign of his promise, "Change". It shows how diverse our President is with the new "Change" for America and it's a good thing. Well done President Obama!!!!

    May 26, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  64. missl

    Bill needs to live in color not black and white. Grow up or move out of the country

    May 26, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  65. Kent Taylor

    As an African American member of National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials(NALEO), it is about time and I applaud the nomination. It is again a "new day" in America.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  66. TexasStar

    Its wonderful to wake up to this kind of news! Im very happy she has been chosen. I feel the US is entering a new era of diverstiy. I hope she does not tumble like Albert Gonzalez, he embarrassed all us hispanics.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  67. Natacha

    While watching the announcement, I was so impressed with Judge Sotomayor's nervousness. I felt overwhelmed listening to her background and was expecting the typical pompous judge...I guess a Clarence Thomas. It is such a pleasant surprise that she is indeed a person with great experience, humility and intellect. She appears to be the perfect PERSON for the job.
    I am a first generation American and people like Sonia are the majority rather than the minority. It's about time the Obamas and Sonias in this country are having a voice. It's like the Cosby show all over again!
    Congrats to the administration for picking a PERSON with true experience and brains for the job. The present supreme court minus Ginsberg are disgustingly arrogant. Especially that fat little man who decided Bush would be present. What a pompous ass that man is...can't we get him off the bench...perhaps lineup some steaks outside a jail cell or something???!

    May 26, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  68. Wade Aiken

    She will bring a fresh perspective to the court as her life experience is vastly different from anyone currently serving on the Supreme Court. Her speech seemed to me to be measured and deliberate, projecting the same cool intellect as president Obama. She conveyed the feeling that she is not one to make rash decisions, that much like Obama, she listens to all available sides of an argument before making any decision. Good qualities for a justice on the highest court in the land.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  69. Jared Mendoza

    Sonia Sotomayor is just one more inspiration for our youth in the United States, that teaches a positive outcome regardless of you ethnic or financial statues. President Obama is very wise in his decision, i can't wait to see the republican response to this appointee. I expect no delay and lets hope we can have Sonia Sotomayor with out any secret delay.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  70. Rachel Naftaniel

    Americans would do well to apply Martin Luther King's council that, "people should be judged by the conduct of their character rather than color of their skin." Her ethnicity should be irrelevant. Yet we could have predicted that he was going to select a hispanic judge because of pressure from the hispanic community. This makes me question whether or not she is actually the best person for the job or if he is just trying to appeal to the hispanic community.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  71. Vietnam Vet

    In the long run her judicial decisions will be the important thing. The president found the empathy he wanted with inner city poor. The Latinos get the empathy they want. I get the judicial balance I want with the conservative justices.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  72. Mike Mo

    Judge Sotomayor is an excellent choice by Pres. Obama. And for the Republicans to fight this nomination just for the sake of fighting would be stupid. But Jeffrey Toobin's very important point about the new face of America – that's what some of the GOP doesn't get and some don't like. And that's the real.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  73. Ricky/Chicago, IL.

    I am moved at the nomination made by our President of selecting a latin to fill the seat for the Supreme Court. However, disappointed at what criticism she may have to endure particularly from the conservative side. I have moved from being conservative to more moderate in many of my views. Let me also mention that for many hispanics this is the proof that much can be achieved by latinas/latinos if they believe, and confidently strive no matter what obstacles are laid before them.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  74. Arlene

    Jow Wassil:

    So, 107 WHITE MEN on the US Supreme Court isn't enough for you or the rest of white America? GIve me a break. The United States is a melting pot and it's about time the SCOTUS reflects our population.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  75. William Ginorio Marrero

    Today marks another most promising day in our country's history...
    Diversity is making a strong presence in politics....Sotomayor has the right track record for the job, and our President is no fool...He made a good choice...

    May 26, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  76. massbluedog

    It's fantastic that an experienced and clearly intelligent Hispanic like Sotomayor can finally be nominated to the Supreme Court. Her qualifications means she knows how to be a Judge. But being a Justice means you're interpreting the supreme law of the land. I plan on looking at her decisions to learn more and I sure hope Congress does too.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  77. erwin peay

    as you know there are no special requirements for Supreme Court Justice, President Obama could have nominated you as long as you passed confirmation

    May 26, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  78. Bill

    I am not surprised at President Obama's selection for the Supreme Court. My personal belief was that even if a Caucasian Male was identified to have the best experience and to be the best selection, he would not be choosen by the President. This is a very political decision and has nothing to do with qualifications. My belief about this chose was that it was going to be a minority woman, I did however believe the President's chose was going to be a African American mionority woman. We all know there are Male candidates that are equally qualified or better qualified for this position, it is a dim day for this country that full and equal equality does not cover the Caucasioan Males of this country any longer.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  79. Zoe Mather

    You commented that the pick of Sonia indicates how our country is changing. I don't view it that way, and I don't think you should make that pronouncement. I view it as a better representation of the people in our country NOW. I remember changing my church because it was run by all white males and I knew that wasn't right. I'm 75, white, Protestant. Zoe

    May 26, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  80. Sonja

    President Obama has made an excellent choice in nominating Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court! Judge Sotomayor seems eminently qualified to be our next Supreme Court Justice. She has had a wide variety of experiences, all of which will help her as a Justice on the Court. I hope that ideology will take a back seat and that she will be quickly confirmed, in time for the new session in September.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  81. Joe L. Reyez

    As I sit here in my home on the eastern plains of Colorado. I rejoice with all Americans of hispanic decent, on the nomination of Judge Sotomayor. Hispanics have been the silent interwoven fabric of America. Making advances that have gone unnoticed in the history of America. America is changing and those of us who have been contributing to the advancement of Americanism, we are now being noticed. Thank you CNN for having the best newsreporters on TV!

    May 26, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  82. Lee Barnett

    Judge Sotomayor has been praised for her compelling life story and race and gender, but the reason that she would make an excellent Justice resides in her experience. She received her A.B. from Princeton and her J.D. from Yale, became an assistant District Attorney in New York County just out of school, was nominated by George Bush Sr. to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York , and then by Bill Clinton as a Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in 1997. She is extremely qualified, and I look forward to seeing her on the Supreme Court.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  83. Valerie Muronda

    President Obama has made a wonderful choice. The face of America is changing, so the face of the supreme court has to change to represent the people. Judge Sotomayor, a person with real life experiences, represents the evolving fabric that makes up our country. To all the conservatives out there: Wake up and give way to the future of our country. This country is home to many, not just you.
    Valerie Muronda
    New Jersey

    May 26, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  84. Carole Crolley

    Pres. Obama has shown himself to be courageous and intelligent. Last week he said he is closing Guantanamo and this week he has nominated an Hispanic woman to the Supreme Court! The United States is on a new path....a path of change. That is what the people voted for in November.

    Carole in South Carolina

    May 26, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  85. Orlando Rivera

    Tony, This is a America... the greatest melting pot and country in the history of mankind (even with its obvious flaws and injustices). Justice Sotomayor is clearly and undoubtedly well educated, experienced, and qualified for the position of Supreme Court Justice. Her gender and ethnicity is merely the "prism" through which see views and contends with the World...every American views the World and their role in it through their respective "prism." Presient Obama has once again exhibited extraordinary leadership qualities and skills by consiously deciding to "add and mix" Sotomayor's perspective or "prism" into the U.S. Supreme Court. As an American, I proudly salute both Pres. Obama and Justice Sotomayor. Now, if we can only get him comfortable with pronouncing her name properly.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  86. Denise

    Everyone's speaking to a "New Face of the Unites States of America"...The choice of Judge Sotomayor is an excellent choice and a milestone for women in this country. She is the right choice and if anything, we are finally accepting the truth about this country- acknowledging all of our stripes. This "New Face of America" is one I personally wake up to every morning. Its the same face I see on the subways, at work, and in school. Well done Obama. Well done America.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  87. Maurice

    Once again, Obama shows an acute abilitiy to combine political pragmatism and issue efficacy. Politically, this puts Republicans in a box. For a party that needs to attract more women and hispanics, it is going to be at least dicey for the Republican party to be seen on TV aggressively opposing the first female Hispanic Supreme Court Justice, who has already been confirmed by the Senate and initially nominated by a Republican president. In terms of the efficacy of the pick, Ms. Sotomayor is obviously qualified and seems to possess the intellectual, judicial, and personal qualifications in which President Obama said he was interested.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  88. James Singel

    I am very excited by President Obama's choice of Judge Sotomayor for the supreme court. Our nation can only be strengthened by more Americans feeling vested in the decisions made at the highest levels of government. If confirmed, this will definitely renew all Americans hopes for our democracy.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  89. Marcos

    How much more qualified must one be to become a Supreme Court Justice than this nominee? Once again the President has demonstrated wisdom and balance in the nomination of Sotomayor for the highest court. That so many are addressing her ethnicity as a point of qualification, only demonstrates a lack of true American spirit which is, by design,all inclusive.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  90. Cecilia Tijerina Martino

    Of course the main focus is on Sotomayor's gender and ethnicity, this is what type of society we are currently. Even though I did not vote for Obama, and "his change", I support this decision. This is just the beginning of many changes our great nation will go through in decades to come. We must have a diversified government in order to grow into a more accepting society, a society that focuses on the real issue of qualifications that of education and experience.
    Cecilia Tijerina Martino, FL

    May 26, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  91. Donny

    I hope the President's choice was made on her qualifications. If it was made based on her gender or ethnic origin, then he has made the wrong choice. As Americans, we focus too much on race and gender. It seems that we make a big deal everytime a person that is not a white male does something. It is an insult to women and people of color. All we are saying is "good job, we didn't think you could do it, but you did." Why can't we just focus on a person's qualifications? I only care if someone is the best for the job based on their qualifications. I don't care if a person is male or female or the color of their skin. Anyone who focuses on that is a sexist or racist, whether for or against.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  92. Alberto Flores Vallés

    Hispanics from Mexico are of course Mexican citizens, as an example of hispanics coming to the USA. But hispanics from Puerto Rico have been American citizens since 1917, no distinction if born in the USA or PuertoRico. Judge Sotomayor ethnicity is as American as apple pie, etc. but of course lacks the 'ugly american' bigotry of a R. Limbauh. Her appointmentto the High Court by President Obama is history in the making. It willbring forward the true values of the American democracy, not withstanding the preconceptions regarding color, race, religion, etc. that so much limits Justice in our Nation.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  93. Abraha

    This country has always been a great country which has transformed peoples lives from all over the world. It has given them the chance to flourish , educate and have freedom. It is a melting pot of many different faces and race. I am from Africa , lived here for thirty six years and became a citizen. This year we elected the first black president whose father was from Africa and today history was made to have the fist Hispanic parents from Purto Rico as the nominee to the Supreme Court. This gives me hope that equality, perseverance, diversity will flourish for the future generation. We also need to accept that this great country's social dynamic is changing and we need to embrace it. This gives others great hope to aspire for higher positions and serve this great country and inspire others to see the light of hope. Change is in the works Thank you..

    May 26, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  94. Marc from Canada

    Well done America! Excellent choice!

    May 26, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  95. Edwin Irizarry

    Today I shed tears of joy and happiness with President Obama's decision to appoint Sonia Sotomayor. I am a 46 year old Puerto Rican male who grew up in the Tri-State area and one thing I know about Puerto Rican women is that they are strong and always seek and honor the truth.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  96. Juan Carlos Torres Olavaria

    Change still scares? Dont think for a moment that no more change is approaching! Keep it coming Prez BO!

    May 26, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  97. DAN


    May 26, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  98. New Yorker

    Re Tony's question on the political benefit to Obama: Perfectly legitimate question. I thought the answer was good, too: Who knows?

    May 26, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  99. New Yorker

    Enjoying the remarks of Ifill and Lat. They are adding perspective and insight.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  100. S. Oliver

    I'm disappointed in the coverage of this nomination. Initially, I too was swept up in the social and historical implications of choosing a Latina woman, the "true American story" as your own newscaster has just stated. I then started searching through her record. She's upheld decisions such as the Mexico City Policy, but she's also been very outspoken about the fact that gender and ethnicity certainly color decisions being made, and this almost troubles me more than the decisions with which I disagree. Of course her background is important, but is it more important than deciding whether or not she can do her job?

    Then again, it's just another reminder that America is certainly not finished addressing how we feel about race in public discourse. Maybe we've not come as far as we like to think.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  101. tim

    the legal system is an activist system to insure justice. what are the republicans afraid of in sotomayor? once again fear mongering seems to be the republicans tactic of trying to undermine president obamas attempts to move our country forward.

    May 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  102. Althea Follins

    These are great times, and it all shines bright for the world to see. Such greatness is beginning to reflect the diversity of people, cultures and genders, many of whose contributions were a part of making our nation great, but has long gone unnoticed. Now it is Sonia Sotomayor 's time. She brings excellent experience, education, and personal qualifications. President Obama made a excellent choice.


    May 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  103. j. Payne, Montgomery Ala

    The Changing face of America

    Watching CNN this morning and listening to the life story from the libs of Judge Major I teared up.

    I looked at my father's photo (now deceased) on the wall and said

    " Daddy, the face of America is changing as you had predicted "


    Thurgood Marshall – US supreme court justice

    Colin Powell – Chief of staff, US armed forces

    Dr. Condelissa Rice – Secretary of State

    Alberto Gonzales – Attorney Genenral

    Susan Rice – Abassador to the UN

    Could the long-standing hyprocracy of this country be changing?

    Could this country actually be turning towards inclusion versus exclusion?

    Will an appointee to the supreme court be demanized` not because she is of latin decent, grew up in the projects, but solely because a democratic administration nominated her?

    May 26, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  104. dmyoung

    Sotomayor is not first Latina. It was Benjamin Cardozo. Puerto Ricans are not immigrants; they are U.S. citizens. It is not time for a Latina. The fact that they recently increased in numbers over the last 35-40 years–compared with 400 years for indigenous African Americans– does not necessarily require SuPCourt appointment. Only when the immigration (illegals, assimilation, & the white foot/black foot policy of allowing Cubans entry and denial of Hatians) is settled should any Latina be considered. Since Obama got 95+ % of the Black vote, compared w/66% of Latinas who supported Clinton in the primaries, Blacks definitely need another justice other than Thomas who has poorly served Blacks.

    May 26, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  105. Sarah Skinner

    While I agree that it is an eloquent commentary on how far our Nation has come to have a Hispanic woman being considered for this position, the simple fact remains that she is thoroughly qualified for the job and that is all that matters.

    I personally look forward to the day when gender and ethnicity are no longer part of the discussion; when we can accept a person based on their worth alone.

    May 26, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  106. Dr. Celeste Marrero

    Dear Tony:

    I am a New York born, Puerto Rican, professional woman, with similar background as Judge Sotomayor. I think that people should know that individuals with our background constantly navigate our lives between two cultures, and that this gives our brain the mental exercise for a more flexible, and reality base way of perceiving the world. I therefore, agree with the president that this is a quality that distinguishes Judge Sotomajor from other candidates, and that it will probably enhance her contribution to the United States Supreme Court. Also, it is time for the judges in the United States Supreme Court to be more representative of the “New face of America.”

    Dr. Celeste Marrero, R. N., Psy. D.

    May 26, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  107. robby

    thank god we finally can have our countries' represenatives actually look like, act like, be from, share the same stories and life experiences as all of the poeple that they represent. It is amazing to me that anyone in thier RIGHT mind that could or would object to this appointment is clearly, CLEARLY not looking out for the best intrest of our country, but only in the best intrests of themselves. I once again applaud the Obama administration for changing the face of this country in another profound way.

    May 26, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  108. Marc from Canada

    S. Oliver states "Then again, it’s just another reminder that America is certainly not finished addressing how we feel about race in public discourse. Maybe we’ve not come as far as we like to think."

    I think it's true that America's public face does not reflect it's racial and ethnic make up. Your institutions of power need to reflect your make up.
    The idea of the white male American power structure is dead and needs to be buried.

    I hope your President's choice leads to the understanding of the multiplicity of your United States.

    Just viewing from the outside!

    May 26, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  109. Antonio Barrios

    what amazes me is that it is accepted that the prior majority of Supreme Court Judges have been self pronounced conservatives and they hold the majority on the Supreme Court but now that a minority is selected a big stink is raising about whether or not Sotomayor is a liberal. What a classic double standard even on our Supreme Court. Shame. For how many years have the Republican President's filled the Supreme Court with hard core conservatives.

    May 26, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  110. Ann Phoenix

    I find it interesting that the right is concerned that Sotomayor might use her personal beliefs in her rulings or opinions, that is exactly what the right and Ken Starr are asking the California Supreme Court to do in overturning Prop 8, when they state that historically marriage has been defined only as between a man and a woman

    May 26, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  111. Juan

    It is a great choice because Sotomayor has unparalleled experience and brings out the best of the United States: Diversity. It is important to note that her race should never overshadow her well-deserved accomplishments that she has achieved throughout her life. The principles of the melting pot are once again cherished. This announcement should bring great joy to all of us but especially to the Latino community; as part of it, I am proud and jubilant of this pick, and wish the best of luck to this luminary.

    May 26, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  112. Luis

    Puertoricans are American citizens not immigrants. Why did Repubs not question Clarence Thomas? Oh he was simply a conservative. What happened to Roberts? Because he was a white male the Right Wing nuts assumed he was qualfied.

    May 26, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  113. Bi Sirore

    These are the changes we need to see! Well done President Obama!
    She is perfect for the tough job!

    May 26, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  114. Kimberly Huff

    While I am disappointed with Obama's pick, I am not surprised. He has been pandering to the Right since he took office. I was an ardent Obama supporter during the election period. Now I am completely disillusioned. Where's all this Change he promised?? Sotomayor is not a liberal pick. We NEEDED a liberal pick to balance the Court. The Supreme Court already leans conservative. By picking a centrist (at best she is a centrist- afterall, she was originally appointed by George H. Bush), by picking a centrist, Obama adds a little to the Left and a little to the Right. Where does this leave us? With a Court STILL leaning to the Right.
    Why pick Sotomayor?
    He picked Sotomayor just to appease the Conservatives- he wants soooo badly to be their friend, their pal, to be liked by the Right... to show that he is not a radical and that he can pick someone that he thinks EVERYONE can agree on,.. he just basically wants a confirmation...

    that he has already forgotten- and foresaken- the Left who fought so hard to get him elected.
    Did George Bush worry about the making friends with the Left when he selected Alito? I don't recall Bush worrying too much about "reaching across the ailse" when he was in office and packing the Court with RADICAL conservatives.

    Shame on Obama. He lied. He lied about how he would "change Washington." And now we most likely will end up with a Court seeking to tilt this country more toward the Right than ever before. And Obama STILL won't end up with all the approval and friends he so desperately seeks with the conservatives.
    He needs to come out of the closet as the true Republican that he is and be done with it. I am sorely disappointed and disillusioned. I am even more embarassed for having assured so many people when I was campaigning for him last year that he would bring about change.
    *[scoff] Change my foot. The Republicans are STILL running the country. Even Dick Cheyney has Obama on the run. Every time he makes a speech Obama feels the need to counter it.
    I never thought Obama would turn on the Left so easily AND swiftly.
    But he has.
    Today is a day for tears and fears. This country is headed in the wrong direction. 🙁

    May 26, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  115. serge

    I marvel at the way our system works out its position in our lives as it transitions through generations. President Obama has just chosen someone who sits to interprate the constitution for this generation in america, a generation that embraces diversity as a good thing that helps us all coexist in peace.

    May 26, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  116. Diego

    Congratulations President Barack Obama.......

    You have secure your re-election with the Hispanic vote in 2010 elections. Congratulations Sonia Sotomayor you have makes us proud.

    May 26, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  117. Donny

    It seems from the blogs I have read that the choice was made to appease. It is a sad commentary on this country that we are making choices because we are affriad to offend people. We have lowered our standards to the point that we will never be a truely competative country again. We must raise our standards and hold everyone to that standard. No one should get special treatment because of their race or gender.

    I am eager to learn more about the court case involving the firefighters who were told the test they took for promotion would not be counted because only white firefighters scored high enough for promotion. Sounds racist to me. Sorry, can I say that or did I offend someone?

    Oh by the way, Sotomayor agreed with the city in the case. It was ok to throw out the test to avoid being sued by non-whites who did not make the cut. I don't know about you, but when my house is on fire and my family is at risk, I want the best firefighters on the scene, not the ones that were promoted because the standard was lowered so they could make the cut.

    May 26, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  118. David A Whitaker

    Hey Tony, If the repulicans had a problem with this nominee in the first place.
    They never should of nominated her to the Appeal court, so any criticism now would be just soar grapes.


    Martinsburg, WV

    May 26, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  119. Owen

    It is my personal opinion that this decision was almost solely based on a politcal decision to continue for our President to gain more support from the Hispanic community.

    May 26, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
  120. mike

    I was struck by the guest (missed name) who felt that Judge Sotomayor's judicial writings lacked "intellectual depth".

    That struck me as a desperate attempt by guy trying to interject a controversial claim that can't be easily refuted due to it's subjectivity. He's just trying to achieve further face time by being outlandish. Kind of like Coulter(can't think of her first name), Al Sharpton or Rush Limbaugh. If you say something outrageous or stupid enough, someone's got to refute it and you get invited back to argue the point. On the internet this is referred to as 'Flame-bait'.

    CNN will bite on it, as will all the other "gotta put some controversy on for ratings' networks

    May 26, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  121. Luis Lebron

    I turned on my computer and there was the big news. First Puerto Rican American to be nominated to the High Court. I'm very proud to be Puerto Rican American, to speak English and Spanish, and to see the great opportunity that has been given to this such honest woman. This country is composed of many groups that share a culture in particular, from brushing their teeth every morning to dancing salsa at their wedding. Let's be objective and ask ourselves what can we do to be like this lady. I wish Sonia Sotomayor the best on her new job, if selected. I'll remember what she said, "I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences."

    May 26, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  122. Corey

    I'm extremely pleased with the decision, but disappointed in some statements that have already been made. Earlier a pundit on another network actually said, " We have to remember, we're picking a Supreme Court Justice, not a house pet...I don't think she has the intellectual firepower..." What in the world?! It is really disheartening to know that people think this way. This judge graduated at the top of her class (Yale!). She has more experience than other judges on the Supreme Court with litigation. Really sad.

    May 26, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  123. rob


    May 26, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  124. Martin Covarrubias

    Its about time. America is changing. The bench should reflect society. The Hispanic voting block is who put President Obama in office. Hopefully more women and minorities will serve on the bench in the future. I believe that there will be more vacancies on the Supreme Court and hopefully President Obama will appoint more of the above mentioned.

    May 26, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  125. Felicia

    About time we have a smart judge. I She has my support.

    May 26, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  126. rob



    ........TAUGHT HOW TO BE GAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  127. Cecilia

    Wise choice. She is intelligent with experience and with a humble attitude. Change is good especially when everybody is part of it.

    May 26, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  128. Jerry

    As a straight, white male in America, I find it hard to believe there were only females and/or Hispanics that fit the "tough" standards that Obama set forth for his Supreme Court judge nominee. If the situation had been reversed- if the nominees were all White- you would have had Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton raising all kinds of hell about it. Believe it or not, the majority of Americans are still White, many of whose ancestors- Irish, Polish and others- suffered all sorts of discrimination and biases, and yet, if we were to proudly hold an awards program for Whites only (as blacks and hispanics do) or if we had a White history month (as the blacks do) or insisted that a White judge at least be considered for the position, we would be shot down as being rascist and insensitive. All we need now is for the California Supreme Court to rule in favor of the gays later on today. ..

    May 26, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  129. Marc from Canada

    To Rob, what a dork, maybe I should capitalize this comment too, are you really yelling?
    No one learns how to be gay, you are or you are not, but really what does your comment have to to with an appointment to the Supreme Court.
    Is this a forum to comment on other's statements or just a place to yell about what's wrong with your country?

    May 26, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  130. glory

    I can't believe that some white Americans still have the "we know whats best for everyone" attitude. We people of color are educated and for generations have evolved into a people many of you don't know......personally. I'd hoped that one day I could stop telling young Black professionals, who complain they are addressed inappropriately at work by those who are White that "White folks still like to tell Black folks what to do; but that is not the case. This admission is supremely sad.

    I'm appalled that there is so much push back on the President with everyday issues. While Bush was given a blank check to dig us all into a ditch this President is being charged with digging us out of it. This micro-management is being meted out by the same people (knuckle-heads) who got us into this economic mess in the first place. Now they are crying about Judge Sotomayor, a woman with a sterling reputaion to say nothing of her ivy league education and years of judicial experience."Get over it!

    Our extraordinarily overqualified, Harvard law graduate, constitutional law professor, community organizer, master of diplomacy & Black President is a uncommonly cool, shrew and brilliant man. President Obama has made an awesome decision to nominate/elevate a very highly educated, genuine, humble and experienced Hispanic woman to the highest court in the land. Good for us.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  131. Ray

    Isn't it ironic that again a political appointment was made where "political correctness" was the obvious deciding factor in the decision. No person in politics, or the media will ever comment to that fact; even if they recognize the obvious. It would be career ending suicide.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  132. Santiago Mesa

    i can't believe some people's reaction to this appointment. clearly she is well qualified. it should be her reputation and her career that speaks for her. Its time we got a little more diversity in the Supreme court. the same bunch of old white guys have been making the most important decisions in this country and i believe its time that the largest minority in the US is represented on the supreme court.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  133. Maria Guerra

    Would someone PLEASE tell the Republicans they lost?

    May 26, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  134. Ron

    We have traditional marriages, so why not traditional courts.

    California courts just upheld the notion of tradition, the courts should also retain their traditions - male and white.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  135. Juanita from Detroit

    Fantastic decision!

    May 26, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  136. Tony in Maine

    I'm pleased with the choice, disappointed that the far right has already begun parsing every word she has ever said or written and that cable news is feeding that beast.

    Scalia et al were in the majority in the most activist, most partisan court decision in recent memory, Bush v. Gore. Not a word will be said about that. Activism is in the eye of the beholder.

    Rick – the right will not be happy with anyone to the left of Attila the Hun.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  137. Matt in Vermont

    Someone please identify ANY Supreme Court Justice who DOESN'T make decisions based on their perspective. Aren't "Liberal" and "Conservative" perspectives?

    May 26, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  138. Darrell C

    About another one of President Obama's nominee's. Why is it that EVERYTHING has to be racial. Its getting to the point that the white man and woman is the minority. The news media before this phillipine lady was picked by Obama speculated that THE GOV'T SHOULD PICK A MINORITY AND THEY SHOULD PICK A WOMAN. Why not pick someone without news media input.
    Why does EVERYONE President Obama appoints, why do they have to be A Yale graduate or a Princeton graduate or Harvard. Don't the people elect the President so why is the President not picking people from other universitys, instead of the Ivy leagued ones. Do big titles and names make people smarter ?? Also why is it, when the President appoints someone, then all these 25 yr. old experts on CNN come out of the woodwork. Where's the tobacco spitting farmers, and the veterans who lost limbs, and the people in homeless shelters opinions ?? Just the elite get to voice their opinions, and only the ivy league people get appointed, and they say we're NOT A RACIST SOCIETY.......................Is it if common people like our forefathers sat on some of these important boards, they'd use common sense instead of twisted words that only lawyers can understand ?? Why doesn't CNN ask the people, their opinions instead of selected groups of people. If the common Joe don't say what CNN wants to hear, they don't air his thoughts...................but go along with the game, and praise the almighty decision makers, and they'll be heard. What happened to honesty, truth, JUSTICE, and honor. Racism should be gone, but our gov't keeps it going. How many people WEREN'T considered for the supreme court position that WERE qualified, but didn't make the cut because they weren't a woman or a foreigner. Thank you....................

    May 26, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  139. Robert Murillo

    President Barak Obama has made a big mistake choosing Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. I have read about her ruling in the cases cited in the MSN article “Obama picks Sotomayor for the Supreme Court” and is evident to me that in her case she rules obeying her feelings and heritage instead of following the constitution of the United States of America, something a judge should not do! It is amazing to me that President Obama even consider her for the Supreme Court nomination, I don’t care from which law school she graduated from but is evident that she is not qualified to rule and apply the law as written in the constitution. Also, we should not have judges in any court based on “compassion”; on the contrary, compassion can be detrimental to any ruling in any court. It is also evident to me that president Obama has made this move based on a political agenda and pave the way for the next elections. All in all, Sotomayor should not be confirmed to the Supreme Court!

    Robert Murillo
    Placerville, CA

    May 26, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  140. rob

    TO MARC FROM CANADA....................................................................
    JACK AND JIM GOES......................................................

    May 26, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  141. Angela Savage Austin

    Thank God for the appointment of President Obama...... A man who has the courage to restore order in our great country. To open closed doors that has been closed far too long, doors that was given freely by God to all mankind. Now every culture, every child, every gender, every minority has a horizon of opportunity, harmony, healing, and growth to look forward to and no longer accept division among the people of this great country on any level.

    May 26, 2009 at 6:51 pm |
  142. Patrick Republican

    Great choice!

    Just hope that with all that pressure she does not become a "Reverse Discriminator" harder on Hispanics just to prove she is not biased in favor of her own heritage... I really think she will do fine!

    In any case, Obama is scoring points by choosing on merits. Way to go!

    May 26, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
  143. Patrick Republican

    The slip of tongue about Making Laws instead of Interpreting the Laws, could be interpreted in many ways to suit the opinion of the listener. However, in any case when you are in a privileged group that interprets the Laws, you are using your understanding, experiences, and personal biases, to cast your vote on interpretation - that is similar to the jurors deliberations, except that the outcome is how the law is going to be applied.

    Therefore the supreme court judges (like it or not) are always in fact making laws. The only issue is that you cannot be honest about saying it to the public without been attacked by the fear of puritans.

    May 26, 2009 at 8:30 pm |
  144. NewsBuster

    I am a moderate liberal and so far am happy with some of the decisions that President Obama has made, like the one he just made today and that is choosing Sotomayor as our new supreme court judge. It has been predicted that an African American was going to come in office and sure enough it has finally happen, I know that Obama is just history & a miracle in the making, but that is not going to come without the price of the far right trying to scare us to think that Obama is the bad guy, and that they are the ones they should have chosen. The far right is only saying that so they can get reelected in 2012. I know that if they keep going down this path with whining and complaining then they won't come back in power for many years to come. So I hope Obama is successful and can turn our nation into a much better nation, and to also turn our economy around which is already showing signs of success. Bravo Obama! Bravo!!

    May 26, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  145. warrenwarrenwarren

    who cares she probaly owes back taxes like the rest of the scum this country is really starting to suck when our elected officials steal more money from us than a thousand bernard madoffs and smile i am so unproud to be an american land of the free what a joke

    May 26, 2009 at 9:45 pm |
  146. Purple Spider

    Not impressed. Judge Sotomayer may be an extremely intelligent person; however, will she govern from the bench to "special interest groups" and ignore the Constituion? Something to consider.

    May 27, 2009 at 12:14 am |
  147. Michael

    So they don't want Judge Sotomayor to be an "activist" or make decisions based on where she came from or her heritage right? There have been 106 White Males out of a total 110 Justices... what have they been basing their judgments on these last couple of hundred years? If she sees thing differently, she is not being an activist she is just seeing the law and interpreting it through what she has experienced...

    May 27, 2009 at 12:49 am |
  148. glory

    I'm sure that most people don't know what it means to be a Supreme Court Justice. To interpret the law and make decision (opinions) is not only a "supremely" daunting task but the justices do "shape" the future. Injustices such as segregation and back alley abortions wouldn't have had a chance if the people who were considering these highly charged issues didn't carve out some compassion to go with all that "interpretation" talk.

    I'll never be convinced that the Supreme Court sessions are these antiseptic, finger sandwich eating, tea sipping gatherings where everyone is polite and plays a fair game of pass the paper. Grow up people! These brilliant people have to get down and dirty, interpret the law and render difficult decisions for the rest of their natural lives. I presume that this brand of pressure could take a toll on anyone but is secretly rewarding.

    I hope the true reflection of each of the lives of the justices have been infused in a way that bolsters understanding, humanism and ultimately the rule and interpretation of the law. How about some good old fashioned common sense? What's wrong with that? We've been living by the conscience of a specific demographic for generations. Please let the High Court reflect the population and support Judge Sotomayor.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  149. Geoff in SanBernardino

    I approve of President Obama's foreign policy. I am curious how the people of North Korea feel about their Presidents defiancy of the UN policies regulating nuclear issues.

    May 27, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  150. Tom Harper

    She's a fine pick for the U.S. Supreme Court. She's not a racist or a reverse racist but Limbaugh is still a big fat idiot.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
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    I am sadden by all Americans that do not see that OB is taking our FREEDOM,how blind can you be!!!!!

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  153. Imani

    I believe that Sonia was the best choice because she had alot of experience and I feel that if the president feels that that is the best choice then it is the best choice for the nation

    May 28, 2009 at 8:37 am |
  154. David James Cro

    All I can say is that the US has become weak and fable. Not because of this, but because it shows the ignorance of Obama. He would rather maintain popular opinion than do the right thing. This country is worse by having him as president.

    These next 3.5 years cannot go fast enough – I just hope that the damage is not so great.

    May 28, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  155. William

    I think her nomination came too quickly. How much thought did Obama really take to make this conclusion? This is a lifetime appointment. I don't care about gender or race.....................just a genuine, realistic nomination.
    Look..........he made Biden his VP choice real quickl. Don't you think he has said to himself over and over again, he should have taken more time to ponder a choice???????????????

    S. Carolina

    May 28, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  156. David

    Whatever happens, can we please just stop the never ending, repetitive feed on CNN Newsroom about Sotomayor.

    May 28, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  157. Dan Fleury

    Sotomayor statements alone could be a matter of "context" but when coupled with the firefighter decision, it worries me.

    May 29, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  158. Robert

    A pick who is a woman and someone who represents Hispanics is necessary in our diverse culture but a repersentaive who is a racist can only hinder future picks. You can't tell me there isn't a Hispanic woman as qualified who isn't a sexist racist. I don't believe it but if the Hispanic community insists on backing this obvious racist then they hurt their own credibility.
    Maybe I, as a White man, feel more confident in the morals of the Hispanic community, when I think there are more qualified women than Sotomayor, then her own people do.
    If Sotomayor is THE true representation of the Hispanic community then it as a community is racist.

    May 30, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  159. David A Whitaker

    Good morning CNN, I think it was a great pick for Judge Satomayors, For all of those individuals, that are calling her a racist they need to look in the mirror. For anyboby to out right call some one a racist for one statement, you have to question the source of that statement.

    June 1, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  160. Angela Savage Austin

    Not one of us can honestly say that we have not been "infected" by the history and current practices of Racism in this country, even world-wide...not one. We All Fall Short!!!!!, Racism is an equal opportunity employer...the Bride Of Greed...the Mother of Hate and or /Prejudices. ...And the In-Laws are the Grandparents of Fear. I think that she is as qualified as the white men before her that hides or lie about their "REAL FEELINGS". I am a Black woman who prays that one day we no longer judge each other based on the color of our complexions, culture, gender, class, or physical abilities pro/con.

    June 1, 2009 at 10:58 am |
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    Addressing Rob...your name suits your statement. Now how far back should your proposed law go.....check your family closet! This is her home!.

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  167. Robert Murillo

    This is the second comment I post regarding Sonia Sotomayor but before I do so I want to mention that I’m of Latin descent and born in Latinamerica; however, my belief and mind belongs to science and as such I’m detached from ANY religion or creed. As a man of science, I don’t believe in colors of skin or gender when deciding who should run our country or represent the people in a court of law; but what I believe in is knowledge, fairness, and impartiality. I know how most Latin people, and specially women, think ... They place religion before the state and that should not be the case for any judge regardless of gender, race, or creed. In my book, Sonia Sotomayor does not meet the requirements to be a Judge of any court of law period, as I can see her biasing when ruling against the white fire fighters of Conneticut and also ruling in base of compassion as President Obama said ... compassion is for the birds actually! Also Sotomayor said that she interprets the law as she sees it and not by interpreting the law as written ... That means she thinks she is above the law. All in all, Sonia Sotomayor should not be a judge in any court of law. As most politicians are, including Obama, Sonia Sotomayor selection to the Supreme Court is political ... Obama wants all the votes of all minorities in the next presidential election and by selecting Sotomayor he secures all latin and women votes and to top it off black votes as well ... A very slick move if any one ask me!

    June 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
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