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Default Supreme Court chief fights back after criticism from Obama

It's no secret that many think the fierce mood of partisanship is routinely crippling Washington. While most of the fur flies between the major parties in Congress — with the president weighing in occasionally to keep his party leaders on message — this week has seen an outbreak of hostilities in a less traditional venue: between the Supreme Court and the president.

In a controversy stretching back to January’s State of the Union Address, Chief Justice John Roberts told a group of law students at the University of Alabama that President Obama’s very public dissent from the Court’s Citizens United ruling, which effectively rolled back most existing restraints on corporate funding of political campaigns, was a provocation to the court’s cherished independence.

"On the other hand, there is the issue of the setting, the circumstances, and the decorum," said Roberts. "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."

It's true that Obama pulled few punches in characterizing the Citizens United ruling, which had been handed down just prior to the State of the Union speech.

"Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections," Obama said. "Well, I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities."

Some of the lawmakers on hand interrupted Obama’s remarks with cheers of support. But television cameras panned the Court members in attendance and caught a visibly annoyed Justice Samuel Alito mouthing the words "not true."

Supreme Court chief fights back after criticism from Obama - Yahoo! News

While I have issues with the Supreme Court's ruling, Obama was out of line in using the State of the Union as a platform to criticize them. This should have been handled separately. The members of the Court looked like a bunch of defendents waiting for sentence. That was so wrong. It seems that when Obama doesn't get his way, he has to resort to cheap theatrics to try to get his point across.

To me, Bush was one of our worst Presidents in recent years, but I think that Obama will outdo him in this area. He has no idea what he is doing and prefers to blame everyone else for his failures
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