Obama insults Supreme Court with uncivil remarks

Democrat partisans largely cheered President Barack Obama’s state of the union speech Wednesday night; Republican die-hards pretty much panned it.  Most Americans probably tuned out the far-too-long speech.  The media analyzed it six ways to Sunday because, well — because that’s just what they do. 

As with most such speeches in recent years by Republican and Democratic presidents alike, Obama’s first state of the union address was nothing more than a laundry list of sound bites and self-congratulatory remarks crammed into the ceremonial box of  a “state of the union address.” 

There was, however, one part of the president’s 70-minute speech that is deserving of serious opprobrium; and this has nothing to do with partisanship.  In a truly unprecedented display of incivility, Obama in his speech explicitly criticized a particular, recent decision by the Supreme Court of the United States, and then called on the Congress to pass legislation overturning the decision.  He did this with the nine justices of the Court sitting directly in front of him.  Not only did the president display a gross lack of grace in doing this, but many members of Congress in the audience surrounding the seated justices threw fuel on the fire by standing and pointedly applauding the preident’s remarks directed at the justices.

This unpresidential display of rudeness far exceeds in infamy last year’s outburst of ”you lie” made by one Republican congressman during a less-weighty address to a joint House-Senate audience.  Obama’s remarks Wednesday night were hardly a spontaneous outburst in response to something that happened during the state of the union.  The words were deliberately and with premeditation inserted into the speech by Obama’s speech writers; done obviously with his approval.  He knew exactly what he was doing.

What the President was doing was taking a cheap, political shot at the Supreme Court – or at least one aimed at the five justices who voted in the majority opinion last week overturning a portion of the federal election laws that had made it illegal for corporations and labor unions to spend money to disseminate political views.  In his insulting remarks to the justices seated in front of him, the President falsely claimed that the High Court ruling would “open the floodgates for special interests” to spend unlimited amounts in support of candidates.  In fact, the ruling did nothing of the sort; it did not even address contributions to candidates.  The opinion with which the Presdient so obviously and vehemently disagrees simply allowed for corporations to be able to exercise their rights under the First Amendment to the Constitution, to spend their lawful money to disseminate political advocacy through such medium as movies. 

In asking the Congress “to right this wrong” of the ruling by the Court, Obama displayed further ignorance of that about which he was speaking.  The fact is, the case last week specifically overturned an Act of the Congress that had taken away the long-recognized rights of corporations to express themselves and their shareholders under the First Amendment.  If Congress were to heed the president’s call, it would be deliberately passing legislation that already had been declared unconstitutional!  Clearly, the absurdity of such an argument didn’t stand in the way of a president all-too-eager to score political points wherever he can — even at the expense of deliberately trying to demean the one institution in our country that should remain outside the arena in which such attacks are so often made these days.  President Obama should know this, and it is disappointing in the extreme that he appears not to.

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Ryan V

January 29th, 2010
10:46 am

I just think of all the times W and every other republican criticized every court opinion affirming gay rights and there was no outcry then. It was a big decision and the President didn’t agree with it. He didn’t tell the legislature to ignore the ruling or circumvent it. He asked the legislature to come up with laws to help fix the flaws he felt were present in the ruling. That sounds like government working, not incivility.

Gman

January 29th, 2010
10:51 am

I appears to me that no matter what President Obama does some people just will not agree. If he spoke against abortion, there are many so-called pro-lifers that would be against that. To many of you, He’s damn if he does and damn if he doesn’t.

Johnny

January 29th, 2010
10:53 am

Bob Barr is a fu****g idiot

Rational Person

January 29th, 2010
10:58 am

If Obama cured cancer, Republicans and Libertarians would come out in favor of cancer.

sam

January 29th, 2010
11:00 am

its the loopholes that make all the difference…like the one that will allow foreign owned companies with u.s. subsidiaries to buy political ads and finance campaign movies….like every other law, the details are in the loopholes…

Hard Right Hook

January 29th, 2010
11:05 am

Wolf 182, you are right on.

If anyone had bothered to listen to Obozo’s speech, he said that the ruling would allow “foreign” corporations to infulence our elections.

It is now, and has been, illegal for foreign entities (idivduals or corporations) to donate to American elections, a fact lost on some.

Of course, the liberal elite were quick to run & hide when the Chinese tried to fund the Clinton campaign in ‘96. Then during the investigation, some 105 people fled the country, and 20-some were convicted.

We all remember Charlie Trie, the Chinese restaurant owner in Little Rock who tried to “donate” $450,000 to the DNC.

Union City

January 29th, 2010
11:11 am

It really doesn’t matter what the issue was, the president wasn’t wrong. It felt a little ackward. However, he did mention that there are separation of powers. If the Legislative doesn’t like the interpretation of law, then they have a responsiblity to change it. That’s all the president said.

Dan

January 29th, 2010
11:27 am

Irrational person is has the innane notion that conservatives or independents hate anything Obama does or will do, not true we are waiting to see if he proposes or promotes anything with sense. He still believes people just don’t understand. We get it his proposals are untenable, not simply because of the cost but because the real world is much different than academia or politics. As for leadership ability, if he can’t get a his own parties super-majority to do what he wants, that is a clear display of zero leadership. But anyone who actually listened to his campaign and studied his history is not at all surprised.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

January 29th, 2010
11:30 am

Veteran of the Knight of Malt-led, JFK-assassinating, Roman Catholic CIA comes to the defense of the Roman Catholic bloc of the SCOTUS, which is selling America “down the river” to the fascists/corporatists to destroy the whig ideals which were “our Light from the West which ignited a volcano under the thrones of Europe,” after having cheated Hitler’s draft-dodging, closet-queen grandson into the White House to commit 9/11.

Big surprise.

Swede Atlanta

January 29th, 2010
11:36 am

The President was fulfilling his Constitutional obligation in providing his assessment of the State of the Union. Decisions of the Court are fair game.

Now I would have approached the subject a little differently if I was giving the speech but this issue is essential to the preservation of our system of government for it not to have been raised.

Transparency?

January 29th, 2010
11:40 am

He insulted the American people during that speech too. No lobbyists? Work together with Republicans? If anybody has alternate ideas let me know? “Not True” – Justice Alito.

neoCarlinist

January 29th, 2010
11:40 am

Captain America, I think that’s the point (moveon.rog, PETA, ACLU et al have rights as well). I will repeat what I posted on Kyle’s blog yesterday. the POTUS should worry about the Constitutional powers of the Executive Branch. Prefacing his comments with “…with deference to the separation of powers…” is insulting to ME as an American. speaking of insults, who cares? both the POTUS and the SCOTUS have thick skin. as far as the POTUS’s take on the ruling, as I said (yesterday) the SCOTUS merely removed the 800 lbs. gorilla from the basement and placed it in the parlor (where ALL can ignore it). Obama doesn’t want to eliminate campaign contributions, he simply wants to control it (based on his skewed take on “the law”). It’s not like “special interests” don’t already run the show. the SCOTUS just (rightly) pulled back the curtain to expose the true wizards of DC. if Barrack Obama and the Legislative Branch want true “campaign finance reform” they should pass legislation to ban ALL contributions (personal and corporate). OR, regardless of the law, let’s see the President refuse the hundreds of thousands of dollars his 2008 campaign received from Wall Street, Big Insurance and DoD contractors. Justice Alito might have bitten his lip, but I don’t think he was out of line, the POTUS was out of line. He’s a lawyer; he should know better.

Jims

January 29th, 2010
11:42 am

Bob, way to go. Very eloquently put. obozo is an idiot and you made him sound so, so , well so decently stupid and uncaring in his quest for glamour. if he would only quit, take peonlosi and reid with him we would be in much better shape. Unlike “Union City”, “Ratonal Person” and their ilk, I believe that obozo probably had a good idea or two in his life – just not during this excuse for an administration. barry and his babe surely know how to spend our money on nice vacations and good health care for the politicians, that’s a plus – right?
Get a grip folks and stop drinking the Kool-Aide!

V. Powell

January 29th, 2010
11:45 am

President Obama should bring to task the Supreme Court. Their decision to rule in favor of the Connecticut Firemen and thier reverse discrimination case.

When we all know that the firefighters are the most discriminatory organization.

We ,also, know that it is impossible for a test where one race of people can not pass.

The fight that the firefighters put-up makes a person wonder how much did they pay for the passing grade.

The Supreme Court should not have touched the case.

Jefferson

January 29th, 2010
11:47 am

I thought the court was for free speech. He said “I Think” .

GDRLA

January 29th, 2010
11:48 am

No Bob, the Supreme Court was rude to the American People! Obama just told it like it is. Corporations are NOT People – they are a necessary legal fiction but they are NOT people – our ability to be ‘we the people’ is being steadily usurped by these special interests and now the highest court in my country, which is supposed to protect me from special interests, has given the SI’s unfettered ability to outshout me.

Obama was right on in this case.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

January 29th, 2010
11:51 am

The Roman Catholic bloc cheated Bush into office.

The Roman Catholic bloc opened the floodgate to fascism last week.

The papists know what they’re doing.

Thomas Jefferson called it “the real Anti-Christ” for good reason.

Big D

January 29th, 2010
11:52 am

Bob, you are EXACTLY RIGHT, but to try and convince the left-wing nuts of the semantics of free speech let alone the charge of the Supreme Court in this endeavor is tantamount to teaching a cat to bark. For those on the left this is not about free speech of corporations it is about what is now before the court…his true citizenship. This is his infantile way of intimidation to the Supreme Court. My take…it’s like cussing out you waiter before you get your meal.

HDB

January 29th, 2010
11:55 am

Excuse me, but didn’t the Republican annointed saint, St. Ronald of Reagan, come down on the Supremes when they issued a ruling he didn’t like…..and no said anything about it?? What’s good for the Gipper is good for Obama!!

Bubba

January 29th, 2010
12:04 pm

BigD, did you see the prank video on YouTube of the guy going around getting people to sign a petition to repeal the First Amendment? And people are just signing right up. Wish he’d asked who they voted for, but a big part of his spiel was to “stop all this negative talk about the president.” Most of the Obama fawners on this blog would’ve signed in a heartbeat, I’m sure.

Big D

January 29th, 2010
12:06 pm

What is really sad in these postings is the jealousy of people against success. They as Obama have bought hook line and sinker into the notion that Corporations are EVIL. If that is not Marx I don’t know what else there is to convince an idiot. Corporations are made up of PEOPLE who work,pay taxes just like all you little minded people. Obama can…from his bully pulpit say any stupid nasty thing he wants about capitalism, free market and of course EVIL corporations without worrying about the repercussions. He’s pissed on that subject because now they can legally make him pay for his asinine communist assault on our country.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

January 29th, 2010
12:07 pm

Tory then – we burned them out, hanged them, or ran them out of Our Country.

Tory now, represented by the “king and pope” papists on the Supreme Court who cheated Hitler’s banker’s draft-dodging closet-queen grandson into the White House to commit 9/11 and to destroy the Middle Class, and have now signaled the supremacy of Fascism over American Exceptionalism’s individual sovereignty – get a rope. Nazi necks will stretch even without a swastika carved into their foreheads. We can know them even without their pretty uniforms.

The Gay Old Pervert party behind papists Alito, Roberts, Thomas, Kennedy and Scalia, is the Nazi Tory false-elite and must be expropriated and extirpated.

Americans worthy of the name shall cast the Beast into the Pit. Our help is needed as the Beast won’t be doing the casting itself…the L-rd provides.

Death for Treason

Big D

January 29th, 2010
12:11 pm

Bubba, I did see it and you are right these idiots would sign right up.
HDB, yes several Presidents have, but when you look deeper into the subject matter you will see that all were a mater that could not construed into a political statement for future gain.

Cutty

January 29th, 2010
12:12 pm

There were only 6 Justices in attendance Barr. Get ALL the facts straight first.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

January 29th, 2010
12:17 pm

Philistines and fascists measure “success” by the size of the wallet, but G-d is not mocked.

Annuit Coeptis is the first motto of The Creed and those who serve the Old Sectarian Order of king and pope, which America’s Founder identified as “the real Anti-Christ,” rather than the New Secular Order (Novus Ordo Seclorem) – need to fly their true colors for they are papists and not Americans.

Draft-dodging Roman Catholics on the Supreme Court are supported by draft-dodging Roman Catholics here.

None of you is worthy of the name “American” for you, and they, are traitors against The People, the Constitution, and against G-d.

nowayoutta here

January 29th, 2010
12:22 pm

Com on SON!!! He said what needed to be said, what the SC has done is criminal in itself. You hear the cries of allowing illegal to vote and I say this is far worse. That single votes and entire ballot boxes have a way of going MIA. However, once ACME BIG Box Company starts to pour monies in local, state and federal elections where does it stop…talk about paving the way for the Manchurian Candidate????

OneFreeMan

January 29th, 2010
12:31 pm

The court is partisan…repuiblicans wvote one way and democrats vote another….The latest decision was right out of the the republican playbook.

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 29th, 2010
12:37 pm

While I was opposed to the Supreme Court decision, you don’t have to be a “Constitutional scholar” to know that barring an amendment, they have the final say.

neoCarlinist

January 29th, 2010
12:47 pm

civics quiz: what is the essence of ANY law? to protect property. the SCOTUS simply re-affirmed this Consitutional principle. it’s bad enough we just had a President (and Legislative branch) who saw fit to unilaterally unilaterally protect us from “terrorists” with a war in Iraq AND to protect us from ourselves with a war on freedom (Patriot Act). NOW, we have a Chief Executive who believes restricting Constititional freedom is necessary to protect Americans from “special interests” (a/k/a corporations). we have endured un-constitutional wars on drugs, terrorism, and maybe even “poverty” and now the very politicians who accept BILLIONS of dollars from “special interests” are now warning of the undue “influence” of said “boogeymen”. that’s not to say I am “all in” with judges (state, local or federal), but in this instance, the SCOTUS got it right

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

January 29th, 2010
12:58 pm

George Carlin, another victim of Roman Catholic abuse. His followers should try America’s Founders’ writings and learn to be American.

Too young

January 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

I am only 12 yrs old but what is the big deal with the hating of corporations? I thought they provided many with jobs and such. Do corporations have investors? Who gives corporations the go ahead to give money away? Where could I learn more about corporate behavior.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

January 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

The Roman Catholic bloc on the Supreme Court can get nothing “right.” No wonder it’s made up of such failed non-men.

neoCarlinist

January 29th, 2010
1:10 pm

WJ, thanks for the advice. I can’t speak for the departed, but Carlin was not a “victim of Roman Catholic abuse”. furthermore, he liberated himself from the Roman Catholic chuch, we refused to allow the Church to imprison him. I while I have probably read/studied Carlin to a greater degree, I have read (some) of the America’s Founders’ writings (Common Sense, The Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Poor Richard’s Almanac, Washington’s Farewell Address). Our nation was founded by white European property holders (some who owned slaves), who viewed themselves as “victims” of a tyrannical monarch, so they “declared independence”. they simply wrote laws to protect their property (and maybe rig the deck so as to ensure that weatlh – a/k/a PROPERTY remain under their control.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

January 29th, 2010
1:12 pm

Too young – Look up the definition of fascism in the dictionary. Public corporations are a legal fiction. They were created in America to serve the sovereign People’s interests. Fascism, and the Roman Anti-Christ which uses “corporation” to fight the individualism upon which America was founded, is the system and political economic dynamic used under Nazism. The Roman Catholics on the Supreme Court expressly condone the universal pedophilia of their Babylonian priesthood and their interests are aligned with the families in Europe which has managed to sit in the same castles, and on the same hills, for two and three thousand years. It is “the real Anti-Christ” – unless you think you know someone more intelligent than Thomas Jefferson.

Bush committed 9/11. Go to Google Scholar and read a free copy of “The New Pearl Harbor.” It proves Bush and Cheney committed the treason the Roman Catholics on the Supreme Court wish to further. It’s the only way their “team” can beat the American People.

Free and independent individuals raising righteous children are a threat the rich perverts who control Rome…known as the Black Aristocracy.

We came here to escape them but they pushed their “white” serfs/slaves over here (Irish, German, Italian) after Thomas Jefferson refused to import from the slave trade they’d been running out of Rome for 2,000 years, and that became the Union Army to destroy the Protestant, Jew-loving, Jeffersonian South. Watch Scorcese’s “Gangs of New York” to get an idea.

Rome’s agents in America assassinated President Kennedy and Dr. King to keep us dying for their pope in Vietnam. Their “A” team is the Rockefellers and the Bushes. That’s why the Roman Catholics on the Supreme Court cheated George W. Bush into office even though what they did was against the Constitution (read Breyer’s ‘Bush v Gore’ dissent to know the truth of the law).

It’s the same Roman Catholic “bloc,” cursed by G-d (learn of Roberts and look closely at Vietnam law school draft-dodger Alito’s face), which has now tried to put corporations (fascism) over the sovereign individuals which is the Electorate, sovereign under G-d, direct, which distinguishes the American Nation from all others in world history.

Those who disagree with President Obama’s position on this matter are nothing but Nazis: traitors against The People, even if they have yet to get a swastika carved into their foreheads.

But their day shall come.

Death for Treason

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

January 29th, 2010
1:16 pm

America was founded by White, Black, Jew and Gentile “WHIGS.” Whig means “anti-Roman Catholic,” by definition.

The Founders, many of whom were Freemasons, knew “the engine for enslaving mankind,” “the real Anti-Christ” more than a century before the same evil committed the Holocaust after financing the rise of Nazism from the collection plates of the Roman Catholic church in America, through Prescott Bush, a lieutenant of the Rockefellers who had built Roman Catholic “Big Oil” on unredressed murder and arson in 1870’s Cleveland.

Try Lenny Bruce. Carlin never made the grade.

Steve

January 29th, 2010
1:30 pm

Right or wrong concerning the SC’s decision (I’m not an expert on the constitution), I believe Obama was wrong to bring this up during the SOTU address. That is something he can relay to the SC & Congress off camera. Doing it during the address was inappropriate. Also very inappropriate of the Democrats to stand and clap at this.
I also thought it inappropriate when he chided the democrats for having a non-filibuster majority in office and being unable to push through health care.
Alienating everyone in DC may not be the way for Obama to get any of his agenda passed.

Big D

January 29th, 2010
1:31 pm

Will, My God …you have to much time on your hands…Time out.

You Distort/We Deride

January 29th, 2010
1:33 pm

The right-wingers vilify the Supreme Court every time they bring up Roe v. Wade.

I guess it’s only disrespectful when the shot is taken by a Democrat. Hypocrites.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

January 29th, 2010
1:34 pm

Sounds like “Big D” is jealous of the success of America’s whig, utopian Founders, and would like to see The Creed abolished in favor of Roman Anti-Christ’s fascism/corporatism. Jefferson and Lincoln were right about you traitors against the People.

neoCarlinist

January 29th, 2010
1:34 pm

WJ, sounds like you were “abused by the RC church”. re: Carlin, he was a fan of Lenny Bruce and Lenny Bruce was instrumental in Carlin’s crossover from mainstream/TV-friendly comedian to counter-culture social critic. and not as an influence, as in Bruce saw him perform in LA in the mid-60’s and said; “call my manager, you’re good”. I’m not even going to touch your conspiracy theories, and I don’t care how many members of the SCOTUS are papal stooges. in this case, they came down on the side of freedom. if you think there should be an asterisk after freedom (as Carlin believed, we really don’t have freedom or choice), your ramblings are moot, and people like Carlin (and Lenny Bruce) did more to expose this fact, then any of your long-winded missives. A true patriot doesn’t care who “controls” the game (Catholics/Rome, Whigs, Seven guys in a bunker in Switzerland, the Rockefellers, the Bushes), he simply refuses to submit to the control of others.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

January 29th, 2010
1:41 pm

Sounds like you’re a “papal stooge,” “neoCarlinist,” And your idol was nothing but a court jester.

He was alive to know Bush and Cheney committed 9/11 and, as I recall, he failed to mention it even with the audience he had available.

Know why Lenny Bruce wore the gold electric chair on the chain around his neck? You certainly have no idea why America’s Founders called themselves “whig.”

To you and Carlin: ignorance is “bliss” as long as it pays.

True Americans are fine with: Death for Treason…and let the Devil take the hindmost.

Big D

January 29th, 2010
1:41 pm

No will, I run one of those evil Corps. and I don’t sit in my mothers basement in my underware writing the crazy crap you write.

Get Real

January 29th, 2010
1:42 pm

Well, Stupid is as Stupid does and that is all we are going to get for Obozo’s 4 year term. Can’t wait for his time to end as acting Presbo! Watching this moron talk down to everyone that disagrees with him and act so full of himself makes a grown man want to throw up!

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

January 29th, 2010
1:43 pm

So, “Big D,” are you a witting fascist and traitor, or just a self-justifying philistine?

You Distort/We Deride

January 29th, 2010
1:44 pm

I’d like to know the corporation Big D is running (into the ground, no doubt).

The guy can’t even spell “underwear”. What a joke.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

January 29th, 2010
1:44 pm

P.S. “Big D”: My “mother’s basement” is the dirt beneath her in Our National Military Cemetery at Arlington. Thanks for taking the shot, fool.

Big D

January 29th, 2010
1:47 pm

GR, the man and the party are in the death kick, as if Scott Brown wasn’t enough. I love what I am seeing from the left wing kooks…if a man is committing suicide, don’t waste your bullet on him.

Trudy

January 29th, 2010
1:51 pm

If a Justice makes a partisan decision, he deserves insulting. Impeach the Supreme Court.

Big D

January 29th, 2010
1:55 pm

Will, it was metaphorical…calling someone a fool will get you sent to hell..but I’m sure you already know that…YDWD, now I am laughing… that’s the best you idiots can do… spelling…I’m reading this and send e-mails running reports and making lots of evil money while the rest of you poor Basterds worry about how OBOBO going to screw you next. Oh the spelling of Basterds was intentional.

neoCarlinist

January 29th, 2010
1:56 pm

Will, I am far from a Papal stooge, and I think Carlin proudly wore the “jester” moniker (he was, after all a “Class Clown”). and yes, I know about Lenny Bruce and the “little gold electric chair”. were I that other Papal stooge Stephen Colbert, I would ask you “why do hate freedom”? you keep ranting about all these evil Papists and stooges who run the world, but methinks you protest too much (you seem to be comfortable being the Pope’s bitch – it’s like some sort of Stockholm syndrome or something. You keep crying about being abused, but you’re more comfortable being a victim – and telling anyone who will listen why they’re victims). you need to go hang out on one of the “Mommy” blogs or something.