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.