Revenge of the Jedi …
Supreme Court Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts shot back at President Barack Hussein Obama’s criticism of the court’s decision striking down some campaign finance reform laws during the Obama’s State of the Union. During a Q & A session at the University of Alabama law school, Roberts responded to a student’s question regarding Obama’s rebuke of the SCOTUS decision.
Justice Roberts stated that anyone was free to criticize the court; however it was the political setting and the image of the members of one branch of government standing up, surrounding the Supreme Court, cheering and hollering. All this while the SCOTUS according the requirements of protocol had to sit there expressionless. Justice Roberts said, “I think is very troubling.” Might we also add that it was only one party of another branch of government doing this in lock step with Obama’s urging.
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday the scene at President Obama’s State of the Union address was “very troubling” and the annual speech has “degenerated to a political pep rally.”
Obama chided the court, with the justices seated before him in their black robes, for its decision on a campaign finance case.
Responding to a University of Alabama law student’s question, Roberts said anyone was free to criticize the court, and some have an obligation to do so because of their positions.
“So I have no problems with that,” he said. “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 the requirements of protocol — has to sit there expressionless, I think is very troubling.”
Troubling indeed and a pattern of behavior with President Barack Obama. This President was elected to change the tome on Washington, DC and how things were done. Obama was to reach across the aisle and create a more collegial atmosphere in DC and govern in a bipartisan manner under the banner of “Hope & Change” … So he said during the campaign.
All The One has done for his rhetoric is bring Chicago-style politics to the White House. Obama is the MOST PARTISAN PRESIDENT in the modern era. The One has attacked Republican members of the House and Senate and acted in such a partisan manner that he even went after the SCOTUS in a venue that was completely uncalled for an inappropriate. Let alone, Obama got the legal case wrong.
From Hot Air comes the response from White House spokesman Gibbs:
Surely you weren’t expecting an apology from this tool.
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.”
Roberts would later say at the UA Law School that justices are not required to attend the SOTU but have traditionally done so as a sign of mutual respect for the president and legislative branch. Look for there to be 5 empty seats at Obama’s next State of the Union in 2011, the missing SCOTUS formation as a mutual sign of respect for this President. Respect is a two way street Mr. President.