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'Very Troubling': Chief Justice on Obama's Court Criticism to Joint Session of Congress
The Los Angeles Times ^ | Tuesday, March 9, 2010 | Andrew Malcolm

Posted on 03/09/2010 6:36:44 PM PST by kristinn

Some firm and unequivocal pushback today by Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to President Obama's court criticism in January.

It is not at all unusual in American history for the executive branch of the federal government (the White House, under the control of either party) to disagree with the judicial branch (Supreme Court).

What is considerably more unusual is for the chief executive of the executive branch (Barack Obama) to look down on the members of said Supreme Court in public at a joint session of Congress and to their faces denounce their independent actions.

And then to receive a resounding ovation from fellow Democrats standing to applaud and cheer Obama as the surrounded justices sat mute, motionless and unable to respond.

That, of course, is what Obama did in his first State of the Union address Jan. 27, objecting to a court decision allowing corporations to donate political funds like individuals as a matter of free speech.

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Speaking in response to a law student's question, Roberts said anyone could criticize the court and, indeed, our governmental system of separation of powers encourages such opinionated diversity. Then, the chief justice added:

"I have no problems with that. On the other hand, there is the issue of the setting, the circumstances and the decorum.

"The image of having the members of one branch of government standing up, literally surrounding the Supreme Court, cheering and hollering while the court — according to the requirements of protocol — has to sit there expressionless, I think is very troubling."

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1 posted on 03/09/2010 6:36:44 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

That Affirmative Action hack Obama ain’t fit to carry Roberts’ briefs.

Legal or otherwise.


2 posted on 03/09/2010 6:39:11 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: kristinn

Chief Justice Roberts doesn’t know we are living in Venezuela Norte.


3 posted on 03/09/2010 6:39:32 PM PST by Patrick1
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ABC News reports the White House has punched back at the Chief Justice:

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Asked for comment, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, "What is troubling is that this decision opened the floodgates for corporations and special interests to pour money into elections – drowning out the voices of average Americans."

Gibbs continued, saying, "the President has long been committed to reducing the undue influence of special interests and their lobbyists over government. That is why he spoke out to condemn the decision and is working with Congress on a legislative response.”

SNIP

4 posted on 03/09/2010 6:40:39 PM PST by kristinn (A conspiracy of silence speaks louder than words.)
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To: kristinn

Shows the complete lack of class of Democrats in general and Obama in particular.


5 posted on 03/09/2010 6:40:52 PM PST by imjimbo (The constitution SHOULD be our "gun permit")
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To: kristinn

Obama’s on TV/Radio...I turn it OFF...

If Roberts ever was on....I’d be carefully watching/listening.....

GEE...wonder why that is.....


6 posted on 03/09/2010 6:41:01 PM PST by goodnesswins (Tagline, oh, tagline, whereart thou tagline....)
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To: kristinn

Well said by Chief Justice Roberts, he didn’t lower himself to Obama’s level.

I say our president is a classless thug.


7 posted on 03/09/2010 6:44:30 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: kristinn

bookmark


8 posted on 03/09/2010 6:44:38 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: kristinn

Review the speeches of the early Presidents—their dignity, their humility, their strong sense of obligation to uphold certain standards of conduct==in order to understand how “very troubling” such an arrogant action on the part of the President and his Party members in the Congress truly is!


9 posted on 03/09/2010 6:45:26 PM PST by loveliberty2
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To: kristinn

BO’s/BS’s next step will be to send Emmanuel to the SCOTUS showers.


10 posted on 03/09/2010 6:47:13 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: kristinn
Seems like the typical M.O. for Barry. He delights in baiting anyone who he disagrees with and indirectly gives the green light for his team of hacks to do their dirty work. The White House has become an International embarrasment.
11 posted on 03/09/2010 6:48:29 PM PST by purplelobster
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To: jazusamo

The rapper Jay-Z has been photographed in the WH Situation Room. Oh for the good ol’ days when guests just abused the Lincoln bedroom.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Rapper-Jay-Z-in-the-Situation-Room-86622247.html


12 posted on 03/09/2010 6:52:57 PM PST by maica (Freedom consists not in doing what we like,but in having the right to do what we ought. John Paul II)
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To: purplelobster

hey roberts remember that lady who stood up to you with 1000 pages or so about obamas crimes 6 months ago, time to start reading them


13 posted on 03/09/2010 6:55:56 PM PST by truthbetold11 (truthbetold11)
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To: kristinn

Thats why SEIU has keys to the White House.


14 posted on 03/09/2010 6:56:29 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: purplelobster
"The White House has become an International embarrasment."

The lead skit on the last Saturday Night Live show certainly projected that opinion with a lot more truth, than humor! I was shocked!!!

15 posted on 03/09/2010 7:00:18 PM PST by SierraWasp (Hey Democrats! Stop tryna jerk everybody around by their healthcare!!! Especially you, 0bama!!!)
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To: kristinn; onyx; penelopesire; seekthetruth; television is just wrong; jcsjcm; BP2; Pablo Mac; ...

Good for Justice Roberts!

The totally classless demagogue, Obama, has
to send out his crass buttboy to counter
the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme
Court !!

The Founders weep.

The debasement of the decorum of the Office by
this crew is historic.


16 posted on 03/09/2010 7:00:21 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: maica

Excellent point...Would have never believed we’d have a president pulling stunts that would make selling the Lincoln bedroom seem like childs play.

I fear we’ll see a lot worse in the next couple years.


17 posted on 03/09/2010 7:01:53 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: STARWISE
The debasement of the decorum of the Office by this crew is historic.

I agree. I thought Clinton had bottomed out (no pun intended), but I guess not.

The thing that's more alarming in this case, though, is the veiled threat behind Bambi's tactics. The Supreme Court (or Constitutional Court, as it is known in some countries that have a similar constitution) is always the big target of dictators and incipient dictators. Most of the latest crop of lefty Latin American dictators have made removal or replacement of high court justices one of their first acts. After that, it's all a walk in the park for them.

18 posted on 03/09/2010 7:08:13 PM PST by livius
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To: jazusamo

Hopefully not that long.


19 posted on 03/09/2010 7:08:43 PM PST by little jeremiah (Asato Ma Sad Gamaya Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya)
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To: livius

Perhaps not so veiled.


20 posted on 03/09/2010 7:10:04 PM PST by little jeremiah (Asato Ma Sad Gamaya Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya)
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To: kristinn

Justice Roberts showing no respect for Americans, his silly little Oath,
John Jay, the US Constitution, or his laughable, "written-only-to-fool-the-public(wink,wink)" Code of Ethics
as he meets ex parte with Candidate Obama overlooking his lack
of documentation as they both eagerly serve foreign and domestic enemies of America.

21 posted on 03/09/2010 7:15:07 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: little jeremiah

I hear you. After the 2010 election it would be ironic if Obama would tick off enough remaining Dems to wind up impeached and found guilty.


22 posted on 03/09/2010 7:16:09 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: kristinn
"What is troubling is that this decision opened the floodgates for corporations and special interests to pour money into elections" [Robert Gibbs]

Certainly our esteemed President would never let contributions and special interests influence HIM. That's why he's pushing for major tort reform in his health care proposal. Oh, wait . . .

23 posted on 03/09/2010 7:16:49 PM PST by Numbers Guy
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To: little jeremiah

Caution Obama. The Chief Justice or other members of SCOTUS could change their votes to yes when the next eligibility case gets to the Supreme Court for review.


24 posted on 03/09/2010 7:18:27 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: jazusamo

Or even decide they don’t want to go down with the ship and start “singing”.


25 posted on 03/09/2010 7:24:34 PM PST by little jeremiah (Asato Ma Sad Gamaya Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya)
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To: Red Steel

Hope springs eternal!


26 posted on 03/09/2010 7:24:56 PM PST by little jeremiah (Asato Ma Sad Gamaya Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya)
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To: martin_fierro
Obama is an insult to the intelligence of every patriot with an IQ over 80.
27 posted on 03/09/2010 7:26:21 PM PST by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: Red Steel

Hehe I was just thinking that... LOL


28 posted on 03/09/2010 7:27:48 PM PST by Danae (Don't like our Constitution? Try living in a country with out one.)
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To: STARWISE
Roberts added: "I'm not sure why we're there."

I hope our five don't attend next year, and I will continue to pray for their good health faithfully every night.

29 posted on 03/09/2010 7:29:36 PM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: STARWISE

Just when we thought that nothing could be worse than Carter and Clinton, along comes Obama to show us how BAD is really done....


30 posted on 03/09/2010 7:30:18 PM PST by Danae (Don't like our Constitution? Try living in a country with out one.)
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To: Danae; Red Steel

Even Miss Sonia?


31 posted on 03/09/2010 7:30:31 PM PST by thecodont
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To: kristinn
Alito didn't remain 'quiet'. With he'd done a 'Joe Wilson' on Obama.


32 posted on 03/09/2010 7:34:50 PM PST by potlatch (- What a co-inky-stink!)
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To: kristinn
I am THRILLED that the Chief Justice and Alioto actually expressed displeasure with this despot. Maybe their more liberal associates will not look quite as favorably upon him as well.

GOOD.

33 posted on 03/09/2010 7:37:50 PM PST by truthkeeper ("Why oh why didn't I take the blue pill?")
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To: jazusamo
Well said by Chief Justice Roberts, he didn’t lower himself to Obama’s level.

I say our president is a classless thug.

Obama might be many things, classless, a p*ssy or a homo, a "thug" he is not..........

34 posted on 03/09/2010 7:38:18 PM PST by Envisioning (Proud "Right Wing Extremist" per the DHS.......)
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To: Patrick1

careful, now you’ll have Sean Penn wishing for you to die screaming with rectal cancer.....


35 posted on 03/09/2010 7:41:27 PM PST by Enchante (Obama and Brennan think that 20% of terrorists re-joining the battle is just fine with them)
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To: kristinn
What is considerably more unusual is for the chief executive of the executive branch (Barack Obama) to look down on the members of said Supreme Court in public at a joint session of Congress and to their faces denounce their independent actions.

And then to receive a resounding ovation from fellow Democrats standing to applaud and cheer Obama as the surrounded justices sat mute, motionless and unable to respond.

Ohhh yea, little bammy sure knows how to make friends every day of the week eh?

Albert was right. "The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."

36 posted on 03/09/2010 7:42:03 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: kristinn

Obama never ceases to amaze and his lack of experience and knowledge of proper protocol is always on display. He’s an embarrassment to the office he holds and someone I still cannot recognize as our President. However, what’s to be said of seasoned congressmen and the “gentlemen” of the Senate who gave him a resounding ovation? They are the real culprits and are just as much to blame.


37 posted on 03/09/2010 7:44:55 PM PST by StarFan
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To: kristinn

The Supreme Court should not go to the SOTU. It’s a cruddy photoop, and is supposed to be a report to Congress. Roberts should stay away.


38 posted on 03/09/2010 7:44:59 PM PST by qwertypie
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To: thecodont

Only need 4.


39 posted on 03/09/2010 7:46:44 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: onyx
I hope our five don't attend next year, and I will continue to pray for their good health faithfully every night.

As am I.

I am also including Ginsburg in my prayers. It is possible God may turn her heart yet.

40 posted on 03/09/2010 7:48:41 PM PST by thecodont
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To: Enchante

Penn is a pain in the ass, so it would not be surprising if he made such a desire for my demise.


41 posted on 03/09/2010 7:49:46 PM PST by Patrick1
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To: jazusamo

The evil bastard isn’t my president.


42 posted on 03/09/2010 7:53:07 PM PST by unkus
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To: Envisioning

I see your point but a synonym for thug is a crminal and a synonym for criminal is a lawbreaker. I may be stretching it but I believe both apply to him.


43 posted on 03/09/2010 7:55:26 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: goodnesswins
Obama’s on TV/Radio...I turn it OFF...

Yep, that's pretty much me too. When you know that there is a 99% chance of whatever he's going to say being a steaming pile of horsesh*t why bother?

44 posted on 03/09/2010 7:57:32 PM PST by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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To: Man50D; onyx; STARWISE; maggief

Obomba needs to send RahmE TO the showers....He’s done.


45 posted on 03/09/2010 7:57:49 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: thecodont
I am also including Ginsburg in my prayers. It is possible God may turn her heart yet.

Anything's possible through prayer. I guess I ought to pray for all them, so that the Marxist can't appoint younger and worse replacements.

46 posted on 03/09/2010 7:59:29 PM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: Patrick1

yes but I was alluding to his recent statement about his own critics (that he was wishing for such an outcome for them).... you’d better hope he didn’t bring too many “voodoo dolls” back from Haiti


47 posted on 03/09/2010 8:00:06 PM PST by Enchante (Obama and Brennan think that 20% of terrorists re-joining the battle is just fine with them)
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To: kristinn

A great nation can forbear only so many imbeciles. The election of Obama confirms that we are no longer, at least since November 2008, that great nation. We now simply like to make-believe what was “once upon a time” as still is.


48 posted on 03/09/2010 8:00:23 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: jazusamo
I see your point but a synonym for thug is a crminal and a synonym for criminal is a lawbreaker. I may be stretching it but I believe both apply to him.

You are correct. To me, "thug" implies intimidating. I see nothing intimidating about this "man" other than the office he happens to hold......

49 posted on 03/09/2010 8:01:51 PM PST by Envisioning (Proud "Right Wing Extremist" per the DHS.......)
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To: loveliberty2

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2467526/posts


50 posted on 03/09/2010 8:03:30 PM PST by hattend (The era of John McCain is over, the era of Ronald Reagan is back! Go Sarah Go!)
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