Elena Kagan

Obama Number One on information Highway Takeover

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“The Won” included Canada Free Press (CFP) on his email introduction to Elena Kagan this afternoon.

  CFP made it to the Obama mailing list because Senator Barbara Boxer, who used hers to send sarcastic letters to Canadian climatologist, CFP columnist Dr. Tim Ball, shared our addy with “other” Dems.

It shouldn’t have been a shock to find an email “From: Barack Obama (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))” among our emails today even though Obama feigned to be anti-info gizmo to graduating Virginia students on the weekend.

Internet giants like Drudge and FoxNews are making a big deal about how Obama is joined at the hip with his biggest toy, his Blackberry, is a constant presence on FaceBook, has an iPod still loaded up with Michael Jackson songs, yada, yada, yada.

Within months of his January 20, 2009 inauguration, Obama invited to the White House the 30-year-old creme de la creme of the Communications industry at his first White House Summit Series.  (See photo and attendees below)

In Hampton, VA, Obama lamented that in the iPad and XBox era, information has become a diversion that is imposing new strains on democracy, in his latest critique of modern media.

In the reality of the day, information has not become the diversion but Barack Obama has become the Information.


From: Barack Obama .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Date: May 10, 2010 4:25:37 PM EDT
To: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Subject: Elena Kagan
Reply-To: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Today, it is my great honor to nominate our Solicitor General, and my friend, Elena Kagan, to be the next justice of the United States Supreme Court.

As I send my nomination to the Senate, I wanted to record a special message for you that I hope will help us launch a national discussion.

Take a minute to watch this video, and then help me to introduce Elena to your friends and family by passing it on.

Elena is widely regarded as one of the best legal minds of her generation—earning praise from across the ideological spectrum throughout her career. Above all, she is a trailblazer. She wasn’t just the first woman to serve as dean of Harvard Law School—she was one of its most beloved and successful leaders, building a reputation for openness to other viewpoints and skill in working with others to build consensus. These were some of the many reasons why I selected her to be my Solicitor General, the nation’s chief advocate—the first woman to hold that post as well.

Her work as Solicitor General has allowed me to see firsthand just why Elena is particularly well-suited to the Court: She has not only a keen understanding of the law, but also one that is rooted in a deep awareness of its impact on people’s lives. Last year, she made that clear—choosing the Citizens United case as her first to argue before the Supreme Court, defending bipartisan campaign finance reform against special interests seeking to spend unlimited money to influence our elections.

Now, I look forward to the prospect of Elena taking her seat alongside Justice Ginsberg and Justice Sotomayor. For the first time, our nation’s highest court would include three women, ensuring a Court that would be more inclusive, more representative, more reflective of us as a people than ever before.

When Justice Stevens wrote me to announce his retirement, I knew that the Court would be losing a standard bearer. And I felt a responsibility to nominate an individual capable of being that same guiding force, a consistent voice of reason on the Court.

I am certain I have made the right choice. As you learn more about Elena, I am confident you’ll see what I do—that she is a voice we need on the Supreme Court.

Please watch the message—and share it with others:

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

Whitehouse attendees included:


  • Twitter Co-founder and CEO Evan Williams
  • Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh
  • Blackboard founder and CEO Michael Chasen
  • Kiva co-founder Jessica Jackley
  • DailyCandy COO Catherine Levene
  • Kluster Founder and CEO Ben Kaufman
  • Ecko Enterprises founder Marc Ecko
  • Tishman Speyer Co-CEO Rob Speyer
  • Trump SVP Ivanka Trump
  • UnderCurrent Co-Founder Josh Spear
  • Venturehouse Group Founder and CEO Mark Ein
  • Mint.com founder and CEO Aaron Patzer
  • New York Observer Owner and Publisher Jared Kushner
  • Eastbanc CFO Philippe Lanier
  • Method Co-Founders Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry
  • MTV VP of Public Affairs Jason Rzepka
  • CAA Agent Matt Mazzeo
  • Toms Shoes Founder Blake Mycoskie
  • Threadless Founder Jake Nickel
  • Karmaloop Founders Dina and Greg Selkoe
  • Niche Media Founder and CEO Jason Binn
  • Clearspring Founder and CEO Hooman Radfar
  • College Humor Co-founder Josh Abramson 


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