Thursday, January 28, 2010

President Obama Hectors the U.S. Supreme Court - to the Justices' Faces

Here we have the President of the United States, in his State of the Union address, hectoring the Supreme Court over a decision with which he disagrees, and urging Congress to help him circumvent the effect of that decision. This may be unprecedented.

You can see Justice Samuel Alito shaking his head and mouthing the words, "Not true," in response to the president.



Thanks to Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit, we have this from Georgetown law professor Professor Randy Barnett:
In the history of the State of the Union has any President ever called out the Supreme Court by name, and egged on the Congress to jeer a Supreme Court decision, while the Justices were seated politely before him surrounded by hundreds [of] Congressmen? To call upon the Congress to countermand (somehow) by statute a constitutional decision, indeed a decision applying the First Amendment? What can this possibly accomplish besides alienating Justice Kennedy who wrote the opinion being attacked. Contrary to what we heard during the last administration, the Court may certainly be the object of presidential criticism without posing any threat to its independence. But this was a truly shocking lack of decorum and disrespect towards the Supreme Court for which an apology is in order. A new tone indeed.
Instapundit has a collection of additional comments on this latest episode of arrogance.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I don't disagree with your assessment of Obama's direct address to the Supreme Court during the State of the Union, how is it any different or worse than shouting "you lie!" in the middle of the president's health care speech? Both parties have become arrogant and disrespectful to one another. There was a time when politicians could disagree and yet find a way to work together but Washington has lost its dignity these days, on both sides of the aisle.

Sunday, February 21, 2010 4:18:00 PM  

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