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During his State of the Union address last night, President Obama did something extremely unusual.  He criticized and insulted the Supreme Court while the justices were sitting directly in front of him.  Then, after insulting them, he called on Congress to “fix” the Court’s “mistake”.  Justice Alito, breaking the tradition of justices not responding to what the President says, made a face, shook his head and mouthed the words “not true”.  This was a new “Joe Wilson” moment.  Even though Justice Alito didn’t loudly accuse the President of lying as Wilson did, it was still shocking.

For those of you who are unaware of what Obama was referring to, it was the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down laws that, in a nut shell, made it illegal for businesses to run political ads during political campaigns.  The Court explained that businesses have a right to free speech just as individuals do, and to bar them from making political statements was a violation of the 1st amendment.  I wrote a post last week where I explained why Obama was going to take on the Supreme Court over this issue.  He sure fired a big shot last night!

I don’t believe any President has ever criticized the Supreme Court during the State of the Union address.  The Supreme Court is an important co-branch of government, and for Obama to attack them to their face in front of the entire Congress and nation shows arrogance and disrespect.  He also seems to have a misunderstanding of how things are supposed to work.  He called on Congress to right the supposed wrong done by the Supreme Court.  However, if Congress passes another law barring businesses from having free speech, it will just be struck down again as unconstitutional because the Court has already ruled on it.  The only way to get around it would be a Constitutional amendment.  I think it’s interesting that Obama didn’t call for this.  In my opinion, it means he doesn’t want an all out battle with the Court, he just wants to score some cheap shots.  That seems childish, doesn’t it?

Update

Jake Tapper from ABC is reporting that a Supreme Court historian (who was an enthusiastic Obama supporter) believes the justices may not show up to the next State of the Union address. From Tapper’s blog,

“It was really unusual in my mind to see the president going after the Supreme Court in such a forum,” said author and Law Professor Lucas Powe, the Anne Green Regents Chair in Law, and a Professor of Government at the University of Texas-Austin School of Law. “I’m willing to bet a lot of money there will be no Supreme Court justice at the next State of the Union speech.”

Added Professor Powe, who clerked for Supreme Court Justice William Douglas, “you don’t go to be insulted. I can’t see the Justices wanting to be there and be insulted by the president.”

Wow, not only has Obama turned off a majority of the American people, but he may have turned off the Supreme Court.

Here is a video of Obama criticizing the Court during the State of the Union.

23 Responses to President Obama Insults Supreme Court, Alito Plays the Part of Joe Wilson

  1. patriotic dissenter says:

    I am ashamed of the man-child who calls himself President. He is a disgrace to the office and the men and women who have died for our freedoms.

  2. He is an absolute disgrace. I’m not sure what is worse, his ignorance or the poor research quality his staff seems to perpetuate.

  3. Mayflower Pilgrim says:

    Not only is it disgraceful and unprecedented for a President to chastise the Supreme Court in such a petulent manner, it illustrates a glaring lack of character and shines the spotlight on how unqualified this man is to hold our nation’s highest office.

  4. Liberty says:

    I agree with all of you. Not only was he factually incorrect when he said that the Court overturned 100 years or precedent and that their ruling will allow foreign entities to influence our elections, but it was disgraceful and arrogant to criticize the Supreme Court during the State of the Union with 6 of the justices sitting right in front of him. Lots of Presidents have disagreed with the Court from time to time, and they have expressed their disagreements. But to insult the justices to their face during the most watched speech of the year was totally uncalled for.

  5. More of the same. I whole heartily agree with those comments above me though, this guy has no tact and whoever nominated him as an everyman needs to be talked to.

  6. John Carey says:

    That’s how the left works…misleading comments, abandon logic and appeal to emotion and bash the three Bs; Bush, Business, and Banks. Oh yea and slam a branch of government for exercising their Constitutional authority and creating more negative liberties for the Prez.

  7. Matt says:

    This is the most offensive treatment of the court since FDR.

    Also, isn’t it ironic that the “regressives” are decrying “activist judges?”

  8. Liberty says:

    It is ironic. I was reading a bunch of comments on a NY Times message board and regressive after regressive was accusing the Court of being activists and legislating from the bench. I think regressives are incapable of rational and logical thought. The Court struck down a law that they deemed was unconstitutional, which is exactly what they are supposed to do. In no way did they legislate from the bench. They were actually doing their Constitutional duty. They didn’t create a new law with this decision so they were not legislating from the bench.

  9. Thirstyjon says:

    We’ve got a lot of work cut out for us. This kind of thing isn’t going to change unless we bring change to the American Electorate.

    Obama is behaving exactly as it could have been seen he would behave when he was campaigning and telling us what to do. He is a Statist. Until Americans stop voting for Statists we can expect to sway back and forth between mildly freedom-loving Republicans and liberal Statist Democrats all based on the myth that “both parties are just the same anyway, we just want change.”

    As long as we continue to yield to the state as the primary source of education we can continue to expect ignorant voters to elect messes.

    I am less concerned with the insult to the Supreme Court and more concerned with Obama’s extremely dangerous philosophy. A philosophy shared by several members of that court. Maybe we need a president who will call for the impeachment of Statist justices because they are a threat to our very freedom.

    :-)

  10. scott e. says:

    this is a disturbing event we at washingtonamerica.com are stunned at the way this president and congress treat our government and citizens

  11. john kerry is a tool…. an amendment resricting free speech, that’s just what we need now

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