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Carney: Obama remark about Supreme Court was misunderstood
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Posted on 04/04/2012 2:30:56 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Carney: Obama remark about Supreme Court was misunderstood By Jonathan Easley - 04/04/12 04:25 PM ET

In an occasionally testy exchange with reporters, White House press secretary Jay Carney defended President Obama’s remark that it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to overturn the administration’s healthcare law, saying the comment had been misunderstood.

Speaking at a Rose Garden news conference on Monday, Obama weighed in on the matter for the first time since last week’s high court hearings that left many Democrats fearful that the five conservative judges would band together to strike down his signature domestic achievement.

“Ultimately, I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,” the president said.

Republicans pounced on the remarks, citing more than 150 cases in which the Supreme Court had overturned an act of Congress.

On Tuesday, Obama said he meant the Supreme Court hadn’t overturned a law that involved the Commerce Clause, as the healthcare law does, in the last 80 years — since the New Deal.

Carney defended that take at a White House press briefing on Wednesday, when asked if the president regretted his initial remarks.

“Not at all,” Carney said. “As I’ve said a number of times now, the president was making the unremarkable observation about 80 years of Supreme Court history.”

When asked if that meant the president was now clarifying his remarks, Carney shot back, “Only because a handful of people didn’t understand what he was referring to.”

“The fact that it would be unprecedented in the modern era of the Supreme Court, since the New Deal era, for the Supreme Court to overturn legislation passed by Congress, designed to deal with a matter of economic importance like our healthcare system,” Carney continued.

“That’s what would be unprecedented about it. He did not suggest, did not mean and did not suggest that it would be unprecedented for the court to rule that a law was unconstitutional. That’s what the Supreme Court is there to do. But it has under the Commerce Clause deferred to Congress’s authority on matters of national economic importance.”

Critics blasted the president for his comments, saying his remarks were an attempt to influence the outcome of the court’s ruling and claiming that the president attempted to diminish the justices by referring to them as “unelected.”

Carney said that was not meant as a swipe against the Supreme Court, and that the president respects the power of the judicial branch.

“Nobody would ever contend in his office, and he certainly is not contending, that the Supreme Court doesn’t have as its right and responsibility the ability to overturn laws passed by Congress as unconstitutional,” Carney said. “He was referring to 85 years of Supreme Court precedent with matters like the one under consideration, and it’s maybe fun to pretend otherwise, but everyone here knows what he meant.”

“[The president] was a law professor,” Carney added. “He understands constitutional law and constitutional precedent and the role of the Supreme Court.”


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KEYWORDS: carney; democrats; obama; obamacare; scotus; youlie
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Twisting like a pretzel..........
1 posted on 04/04/2012 2:31:04 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

What we really have is an unprecedented alien in the White House.


2 posted on 04/04/2012 2:33:58 PM PDT by bestintxas (Somewhere in Kenya, a Village is missing its Idiot.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Misunderstood my Arse.


3 posted on 04/04/2012 2:34:12 PM PDT by Nekman (Liberals have no use for facts, they get in the way of the narrative.)
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To: Sub-Driver

It was the way he acted like it was unnecessary to be tested by the courts that shows how arrogant he is.


4 posted on 04/04/2012 2:34:26 PM PDT by Politics4US
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To: Sub-Driver

Up is down, black is white, North is South.

Orwell hit it on the head. As did Carroll:

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master - - that’s all.”


5 posted on 04/04/2012 2:35:44 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: Sub-Driver

6 posted on 04/04/2012 2:35:50 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Sub-Driver

Don’t believe your lying ears.....


7 posted on 04/04/2012 2:36:11 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Sub-Driver

This is the biggest BS president America has ever had. This ignorant communists is crazy.


8 posted on 04/04/2012 2:36:39 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: Sub-Driver

It is always that we stupid people just do not understand. He must get so frustrated, thinking that out of the hundreds of millions of us, he is the only smart one.


9 posted on 04/04/2012 2:36:46 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Sub-Driver

From the great orator???? Surely not....


10 posted on 04/04/2012 2:36:57 PM PDT by PushinTin (Politicians are like diapers, the need to be changed often and for the same reason...)
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama does not even satisfy requirements for POTUS.

How many have been killed already to cover this up.


11 posted on 04/04/2012 2:37:41 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: bestintxas
"What we really have is an unprecedented alien in the White House."

What we really have is an unprecedented alien moron in the White House.

12 posted on 04/04/2012 2:38:27 PM PDT by skimbell
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To: bestintxas
What we really have is an unprecedented alien in the White House.

What we have in the White House is a traitor.

Fast and Furious, GUILTY.

Illegally attacking Libya: GUILTY

Race-baiting community organizer: Obama wants riots in the streets from his "base." Whether it's the Wall Street BS or racist like "Rev" Jackson, Obama can only win if America looses.

13 posted on 04/04/2012 2:39:24 PM PDT by politicianslie (Obama: America's first Muslim PRESIDENT, It's past time for America to take out the trash in DC.)
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To: Nekman

Golly, all he had to say what that he “misspoke.” But that would admit that THIS president always makes himself clear. If we don’t understand, it is our fault.


14 posted on 04/04/2012 2:40:17 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Blahblahblah


15 posted on 04/04/2012 2:41:05 PM PDT by LUV W (Obama's foot soldiers are repulsive human debris and the voting public is sick to death of them! *RL)
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To: Sub-Driver

It is unprecedented in US history to have a wannabe communist mudslime dictator in our White House.


16 posted on 04/04/2012 2:42:38 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: Sub-Driver
...extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,” the president said.

Fixed it.

17 posted on 04/04/2012 2:42:38 PM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: RobbyS

I wonder when the lying is going to get to Carney.


18 posted on 04/04/2012 2:42:50 PM PDT by georgia peach (georgia peach)
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To: Sub-Driver

Once again it’s our fault. We misunderstood. He thought we would understand.
We failed to understand because he’s just too damned smart for us to follow.
So actually in a way it was his fault for overestimating our intelligence.
To be safe I’m going to e-mail my apology to the White Hut for being so stupid.


19 posted on 04/04/2012 2:43:03 PM PDT by tumblindice (our new, happy lives)
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To: Sub-Driver

Why didn’t he just say it was George W. Bush’s fault? That seems to work for everything else.


20 posted on 04/04/2012 2:43:21 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Sub-Driver

"..here fido clean up over here...fido come here clean here....fido fido, come quickly,clean here....fido fidoooo...this guys leaves more piles of s*** wherever he goes"

21 posted on 04/04/2012 2:44:16 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Sub-Driver

Hey Carney, it that the fastest you can spin? Ain’t gettin’ it!


22 posted on 04/04/2012 2:45:08 PM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: Sub-Driver
Carney: Obama remark about Supreme Court was misunderstood

PATENT BULLSHIT!! Comrade "O's" little sock puppet has a nose at least a foot long...maybe longer. WADDAPUTZ!!

23 posted on 04/04/2012 2:47:10 PM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: Sub-Driver

What BS!


24 posted on 04/04/2012 2:49:11 PM PDT by expat2
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To: Sub-Driver

No Jay...The President simply lied.....repeatedly!
Again!


25 posted on 04/04/2012 2:49:29 PM PDT by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Am I the only person on earth that knew he was referring to the Commerce Clause?

/sarc

26 posted on 04/04/2012 2:51:59 PM PDT by PosterPoster (Medicare doesn't cover ammo either. Now that's really fluked up!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yeah right Carney. Explain it to the Judge.


27 posted on 04/04/2012 2:54:37 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Sub-Driver
WTF is there to mis-understand ...

He was being petty and petulant - much like a whining child screaming, "I want my MayPo ..."

28 posted on 04/04/2012 2:54:51 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Sub-Driver
....overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,” the president said.

Yep, a regular old blowout! /s

It's amazing that these slimes can look at themselves in the mirror and live with themselves without total self disregard via shame.

29 posted on 04/04/2012 2:57:55 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Sub-Driver

It was totally understood. That is why Obama and Carney are backpedaling as fast as they can.


30 posted on 04/04/2012 2:57:55 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: Sub-Driver
On Tuesday, Obama said he meant the Supreme Court hadn’t overturned a law that involved the Commerce Clause, as the healthcare law does, in the last 80 years — since the New Deal.

Sure, if you ignore United States v. Morrison and United States v. Lopez.

31 posted on 04/04/2012 2:59:00 PM PDT by RagingBull (Talent does what it can; genius does what it must)
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To: Sub-Driver
Have patience, please.

Obummer is always misunderstood because English is his second language.

Swahili is his native tongue.

32 posted on 04/04/2012 2:59:35 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (Swahili WH slime ?? Who knew?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama is nothing but a ghetto organizing Flim-Flam Man. Obama would make a great Carnival shill.

This pathological liar should have already been impeached.... and he should be doing prison time, NOT charting the course of 300 million lives.

There is nothing honorable within him or about him.


33 posted on 04/04/2012 3:00:53 PM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Sub-Driver

How can the Great Orator and Eloquent Communicator possibly be misunderstood?


34 posted on 04/04/2012 3:01:54 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Go ahead. Say it, Carney. You’ve proven today that you’re a fully-qualified propagandist. Now you can say it in public instead of doing it in front of your bathroom mirror: “Heil Obama!”


35 posted on 04/04/2012 3:02:51 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: Sub-Driver

It was not ‘misunderstood’ or Carney wouldn’t be out doing damage control.


36 posted on 04/04/2012 3:03:00 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Sub-Driver

So what he really meant was ‘not recently precedented’.


37 posted on 04/04/2012 3:04:04 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: KoRn
The liberal hacks like Mo Dowd understood exactly what he meant. He only changed his tune when he felt the backlash. These people are pathetic.
38 posted on 04/04/2012 3:04:23 PM PDT by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yeah, because we’re all too stupid to understand the brilliant mind that is the kenyan.


39 posted on 04/04/2012 3:06:21 PM PDT by Student0165 ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: Sub-Driver
“Only because a handful of people didn’t understand what he was referring to.”

Yeah, a handful of several hundred million people, including at least one federal judge.

40 posted on 04/04/2012 3:07:16 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Gator113
"Obama is nothing but a ghetto organizing Flim-Flam Man. Obama would make a great Carnival shill.

This pathological liar should have already been impeached.... and he should be doing prison time, NOT charting the course of 300 million lives.

There is nothing honorable within him or about him."
Hittin' on all cylinders today Gator! A perfect post.
41 posted on 04/04/2012 3:08:19 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Obamah speaks his mind, then someone like George Stephanopoulos or Jay Carney have to tell us what he really meant.

"...my muslim religion"

"Your Christian Religion, Your Christian Religion, Right! "

42 posted on 04/04/2012 3:11:16 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Sub-Driver
“[The president] was a law professor,” Carney added.

LIAR LIAR.............

He was an instructor.

43 posted on 04/04/2012 3:13:50 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Its mot hard to understand Obama..he is a manipulative calculating radical marxist usurper who wants to fundementally destroy what is left of our Constitutional Repuplic. Everything he says is the truth wrapped in lies and distortions. All with a smile.


44 posted on 04/04/2012 3:14:01 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: Sub-Driver

Carney’s lying.

See U.S. v. Lopez, here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commerce_Clause


45 posted on 04/04/2012 3:21:25 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (FOCUS ON FACTS: 0bamaCare Hated. Worst Recovery. Failed Stimulus. Worst Deficits.)
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This should be played at the intro of any broadcast about the Liar in Chief.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8rCy173y7Y


46 posted on 04/04/2012 3:22:09 PM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Sub-Driver
Perhaps if he annoys the whole court, even the liberals will be willing to take up the question of Obama’s legal status. Keep working on that can of worms, Zero, you may just get it open, yet!
47 posted on 04/04/2012 3:23:14 PM PDT by Missouri gal
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To: Sudetenland

;>)


48 posted on 04/04/2012 3:23:30 PM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Sub-Driver; sickoflibs; stephenjohnbanker; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy

49 posted on 04/04/2012 3:27:16 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Fool me once, shame on you -- twice, shame on me -- 100 times, it's U. S. immigration policy.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I would REALLY be curious to know if Jay Carney has any bones in his body!! It is physically IMPOSSIBLE to twist and spin like this and not break several bones in the process.


50 posted on 04/04/2012 3:35:39 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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