The White House on Wednesday released a photo of Sotomayor celebrating her birthday in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The judge turns 55 on Thursday.
She is surrounded in the photo by members of the White House Counsel's Office, who gave her a framed, signed picture of her with President Obama and Vice President Biden the day her appointment was announced. Deputy White House Counsel Cassadra Butts stands to her left, and Counsel to Vice President Biden Cynthia Hogan is on the right.
The party may have come as a welcome respite at a time when Republicans are honing their criticism against the nominee, questioning her commitment to certain constitutional rights, such as the right to bear arms.