The federal appeals court judge, who has been keeping a busy set of appointments with lawmakers, tripped while rushing for her plane at New York's LaGuardia Airport. The White House said she suffered a small fracture to her right ankle.
Sotomayor was keeping her six appointments with senators despite the injury. She entered the Capitol for a meeting with Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, on crutches, wearing a white cast covered at the foot with a black soft bootie. Asked how she was feeling, Sotomayor said, "I feel fine, thank you."
The injury changed the tone slightly on an otherwise high-intensity round of meetings that are part job interview for Sotomayor, part preview of a pressure-filled set of confirmation hearings.
Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., signed Sotomayor's cast during their session. Her fellow Louisianan, Republican Sen. David Vitter, had a bag of ice and a pillow on hand when the judge arrived at his office, telling her to "please be seated and relax."
"I hope you all note that some Republicans are empathetic too," Vitter quipped to reporters. It was a humorous reference to President Barack Obama's remark that he wanted a Supreme Court justice with "the quality of empathy" -- a concept that has been roundly criticized by conservatives who counter that personal feelings and experiences have no place in a judge's decisions.
Sotomayor chuckled at the comment. "Oh I'm so grateful. Thank you, sir," she told Vitter."
The gal was SO out of shape that the slightest attempt to bring some giddyup to her chairborne arse caused the old bones to rebel.
She didn't "break" a damned thing, and it is the libs way of calling off the attack dogs. Were our resident doc to surface from wherever he's been hiding, I'd personally pull a geriatric ninja move and snatch the damned X-Rays for him to diagnose for us.