Skip to comments.'Very Troubling': Chief Justice on Obama's Court Criticism to Joint Session of Congress
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.
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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That Affirmative Action hack Obama ain’t fit to carry Roberts’ briefs.
Legal or otherwise.
Chief Justice Roberts doesn’t know we are living in Venezuela Norte.
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.
Shows the complete lack of class of Democrats in general and Obama in particular.
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.....
Well said by Chief Justice Roberts, he didn’t lower himself to Obama’s level.
I say our president is a classless thug.
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!
BO’s/BS’s next step will be to send Emmanuel to the SCOTUS showers.
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.
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
Thats why SEIU has keys to the White House.
The lead skit on the last Saturday Night Live show certainly projected that opinion with a lot more truth, than humor! I was shocked!!!
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
The Founders weep.
The debasement of the decorum of the Office by
this crew is historic.
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.
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.
Hopefully not that long.
Perhaps not so veiled.
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.
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.
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 . . .
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.
Or even decide they don’t want to go down with the ship and start “singing”.
Hope springs eternal!
Hehe I was just thinking that... LOL
I hope our five don't attend next year, and I will continue to pray for their good health faithfully every night.
Just when we thought that nothing could be worse than Carter and Clinton, along comes Obama to show us how BAD is really done....
Even Miss Sonia?
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..........
careful, now you’ll have Sean Penn wishing for you to die screaming with rectal cancer.....
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."
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.
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.
Only need 4.
As am I.
I am also including Ginsburg in my prayers. It is possible God may turn her heart yet.
Penn is a pain in the ass, so it would not be surprising if he made such a desire for my demise.
The evil bastard isn’t my president.
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.
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?
Obomba needs to send RahmE TO the showers....He’s done.
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.
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
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.
You are correct. To me, "thug" implies intimidating. I see nothing intimidating about this "man" other than the office he happens to hold......
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