Sotomayor: White House Picked My Clothes

Justice describes grueling nomination process at Yale
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2009 1:43 AM CDT
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor acknowledges the audience from her seat during a performance on the South Lawn of the White House last week.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – Every aspect of Sonia Sotomayor's nomination procedure to become the newest Supreme Court justice was so controlled that she was even told what to wear at the acceptance ceremony, she said in a talk at Yale yesterday. Sotomayor, who appeared on campus for her 30th Yale Law School reunion, wanted to shop for new clothes for her acceptance, but was told to bring five suits for White House officials to choose from, the New Haven Register reports.

"It was a really rough process and she knew it was just something she had to get through," said a student who attended the talk, which was closed to the media. Sotomayor became teary at times when discussing the grueling procedure, but kept the audience laughing, witnesses said.