Poor Choice of Coverup

Was Judge Sotomayor's race/gender/ethnicity-conscious statement about being better than a white/male judge a mistake?
"I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life," the Judge said in 2001.
The President and his press secretary say, yeah, she made a mistake - a simple misstatement.
“I’m sure she would have restated it,” Obama flatly told NBC News, without indicating how he knew that.
Was the President being honest? Consider these other Sotomayor statements over many years.
The first that I found was in a 1994 speech in Puerto Rico on "Women in the Judiciary." What is notable about this quote is that it does not emphasize "Latina" - but only gender. "I would hope that a wise woman with the richness of her experience would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion," Sotomayor said.
Did she misspeak then?
Going through dozens of pages of speeches, I found a few more examples: In 1999, she refers to "sister power" in a speech to the Women's Bar Association of New York - "I would hope that a wise woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion." Princeton Club 2002 - "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion." Seton Hall 2003 - "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion."
It's hard to claim that Sotomayor's comments were just a matter of a poor choice of words. Strange - the judge herself offered that explanation last week.
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor told Sen. Dianne Feinstein Tuesday her controversial Latina remarks were a "poor choice of words," the California Democrat said.
If there's nothing wrong with what the judge said, why is she, with help from the White House, pretending the words were just the result of a spontaneous error?