April 24, 2010


Supreme Court Short List Shows Ties to Obama: Personal Connections Have Played a Role in Past Nominations (JOAN BISKUPIC, April 24, 2010, ABC)

Among the ways potential candidates' lives have intersected with the orbit of Obama:

" Harvard Law School, where Obama was in the class of 1991: U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan was in the class of 1986; U.S. Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland, 1977; Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, 1987.

" University of Chicago Law School, where Obama taught from 1992 to 2004: Kagan was a law professor 1995-97; U.S. Appeals Court Judge Diane Wood taught and held various positions from associate dean to part-time senior lecturer since 1981.

" Current administration: After Obama took office in January 2009, he chose Kagan to be U.S. solicitor general and Janet Napolitano to be Homeland Security secretary.

" Acquaintances and other associations: Obama has ties to Wood from more than a decade in Chicago legal circles. Granholm, who campaigned for Obama in the 2008 presidential race, played Sarah Palin as Joe Biden rehearsed for the vice presidential debate.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 24, 2010 5:38 PM
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