Describing Elena Kagan as an academic “whose passion for the law is anything but academic,” President Barack Obama this morning said he will nominate Kagan, the first female solicitor general of the United States, to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the East Room of the White House, crowded with Kagan supporters and family, the president called his nominee “one of the foremost legal minds” in the country and a “trailblazing leader” who, in addition to being the first female solicitor general, also was the first woman to head Harvard Law School.

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