Chief Justice John Roberts Responds to Obama Attack on Supreme Court; Wonders if Court Should Attend SOTU - Video 3/9/10
Here is audio of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts at the University of Alabama where he answered a question regarding President Obama's chiding of the Supreme Court at his State of the Union Address.
Roberts said anyone is free to criticize the Supreme Court. But he went on to say:
"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."
Video of Obama's Attack on the Supreme Court
Roberts said the incident has caused him to wonder if the Supreme Court should even be present at State of the Union Addresses since it has become such a "political pep rally."
What President Obama did was cowardly and disgraceful. He knew he had a captive audience, and he knew the Court could not respond or defend themselves. Roberts appears to be letting Obama know that they did not appreciate his actions, and they just might not show up at his next State of the Union Address - which would dominate the news cycle. For an egomaniac like Obama, that is the harshest response the Court could give to his actions.