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Biden whispers to Sotomayor: 'Piece of cake!' Was Obama scowling?

The scene: East Room of the White House.

The set-up: federal appellate judge Sonia Sotomayor accepting President Obama's nomination to be his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Priceless: Vice President Joe Biden whispering in her ear.

"I told you -- piece of cake!" he said in one whisper. "You did wonderful."

With friends and family on hand for the momentous occasion, Sotomayor got a standing ovation as she stepped to the podium to accept the nomination. Biden leaned in to whisper, “I think they like you.”

But was it also Biden who advised her not to be nervous? In her opening, Sotomayor said:

“I was just counseled not to be nervous; that’s almost impossible."

Maybe Biden was just trying to make the 54-year-old judge feel more relaxed.

Or maybe he just can't help himself.

Also, was that a scowl on Obama's face as Biden did his whisper offensive, or was he just pursing his lips?

See what you think.

--Johanna Neuman

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This is 25 frickin' minutes long! Couldn't you guys just edit it down to the part where Biden whispers in her ear? Or tell us when that begins?

Obama always looks like that - why are you trying to start gossip?


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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