Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Alito to Obama: "You Lie!"

Well, close enough.

More, including video.

This constitutional power play and effort at intimidation by Obama (with the full Court present at the SOTU speech) has to be about the most graceless and classless thing the man has done since taking office (although his mocking of the notion that morality might place some limits on scientific research during his speech announcing that he would fund ESCR ranks right up there).

The man has no class and absolutely no moral compass beyond his own wants and preferences. The rightness or wrongness of a thing is wholly dependant upon whether Obama wants it or not. This demogogic and patently false attack on the Court with the members of the Court front and center during the speech was nothing short of a disgusting display of arrogance and raw hubris.

UPDATE #2 (28 January)
Georgetown University Law Professor Randy Barnett writes:
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 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.

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At 1/28/2010 11:41 AM, Blogger Zach said...

I was struck by that, as well, Jay. It's as if he still thinks he's trying to push around bureaucrats in Chicago. Those justices sat there for 70 minutes as non-partisan observers--maintaining a dignified sense of decorum--and Obama, chin held aloft, reads them the riot act from his freakin' teleprompter. What a classless buffoon!


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