U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan started a day of meetings with senators in the friendly office of Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., with the two facing the press in a carefully choreographed setting, but not taking questions.

Dozens of photographers and reporters pressed into Reid’s office for the chance to photograph and see Reid and Kagan, sitting in chairs facing the door. Kagan did not speak, but Reid briefly — and softly — did. He addressed his remarks to a smiling Kagan, clad in a black dress, indigo blazer and pearls. He thanked her and spoke of the meaning of the seat she is hoping to secure, saying that “this great country that we’re in is ruled by law,” and adding that he looks forward to making the transition from her current position as solicitor general to the Supreme Court “as smooth as possible.”

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