Theodore's World: Chief Justice Roberts on Obama's court criticism to joint session of Congress ~ " Very Troubling"

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March 10, 2010

Chief Justice Roberts on Obama's court criticism to joint session of Congress ~ " Very Troubling"

LA Times

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 today at the University of Alabama law school in Tuscaloosa, Chief Justice Roberts called the president's actions "very troubling."

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.
Justices are not required to attend the annual joint sessions but have traditionally done so as a sign of mutual respect for the president and legislative branch. In January, six justices attended, including Roberts. But it sounds now like that judicial thinking might be changing.
Roberts added: "I'm not sure why we're there."


Wild Thing's comment........

Well said by Chief Justice Roberts.

Obama has absolutely NO class at all. Past Presidents showed respect even if they disagreed with the Judges.

Obama delights in baiting anyone who he disagrees with and indirectly gives the green light for his team of hacks to do their dirty work. The White House has become an International embarrasment.

I am THRILLED that the Chief Justice and Alioto actually expressed displeasure with this despot.

It is so shocking and strange that a man who couldn’t pass the background check to be a janitor in the Supreme Court building is now POTUS.

Posted by Wild Thing at March 10, 2010 02:45 AM


Wow... I am at a loss for words. I do believe he's reached an entirely new level of a$$hole here.

P.S. I think the Army is f*cking up. 'Cause they saw fit to promote me to Spec-4.

Posted by: JohnE at March 10, 2010 07:36 AM

Past presidents have shown respect for the Supreme Court but now we've got the jug-eared jackass.

With his admitted drug use and association with known domestic terrorists, Obama wouldn't qualify for the security clearance possessed by most military personnel. Now he's their CinC.

Posted by: BobF at March 10, 2010 10:07 AM

Wow, no words....I never thought I would see the day there would be such remarks against our highest court. The a$$h0-- is so counterculture that he can't help it. It's a disease......

BTW - Congratulations, Spec-4 JohnE!!!!

Posted by: jan at March 10, 2010 10:26 AM

Decorum is not a part of obama's vocabulary, unless he is bowing to foreigners. obama's many tieless appearances and his feet up on the desk show that this SOB has all the decorum of a street thug, a gangsta'.

Posted by: TomR at March 10, 2010 10:27 AM

JohnE - cograts on the promotion. I spent some of my time as a Speedy4. It didn't get me out of KP, but it sure added to my beer fund.

Posted by: TomR at March 10, 2010 01:24 PM

Welcome Home JohnE and congratulations on the promotion.

Hopefully, Chief Justice Roberts will start shoving some of this crap back at obama in order for the rest of us to take our country back from this nightmare the independents gave us.

Posted by: Mark at March 10, 2010 06:09 PM

'W' selected two great conservatives in Roberts and Alito! Amen!!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at March 10, 2010 10:48 PM

Hi JOhnE, welcome home, it is great to see you. Congratulations on your promotion too. How wonderful.

Thank you everyone so much.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 11, 2010 04:10 AM