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President Obama and Patricia Millett / Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP

Presidents can comment on domestic events from anywhere, which is why President Obama issued a statement from South Africa on the Senate confirmation of a new federal judge.

Patricia Millett, the newest member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, is the first Obama judge to be confirmed since Senate Democrats ended the Republicans' ability to filibuster judicial nominees.

Obama did not mention the filibuster flap in his statement:

"I'm pleased that in a bipartisan vote, the Senate has confirmed Patricia Millett to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, filling a vacancy that has been open since 2005.

"Ms. Millett is a leading appellate lawyer who has made 32 arguments before the Supreme Court, the second-most by a female advocate. She has served in the Department of Justice for both Democratic and Republican Presidents.

"I'm confident she will serve with distinction on the federal bench."



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