President Barack Obama personally sought to deflect criticism of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor yesterday. The federal appeals court judge has found herself under intensifying scrutiny for saying in 2001 that a female Hispanic judge would often reach a better decision than a white male judge.
I’m sure she would have restated it,” Obama flatly told NBC News, without indicating how he knew that.
Also rallying to her defense, Obama’s spokesman, Robert Gibbs, told reporters about Sotomayor: “I think she’d say that her word choice in 2001 was poor.”
When pressed, Gibbs, said he did not hear that from Sotomayor directly. He said he learned it from people who had talked to her, and he did not identify who those people were. Sotomayor herself has made no public statements since her nomination became official Tuesday and was not able to be reached for comment.