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Chief Justice John Roberts: Scene at State of Union 'very troubling'
Roberts's remarks Tuesday protested the timing of President Obama's State of the Union disapproval of the court's decision in a major campaign finance case. It has begun Round Two in what appears to be a growing inclination from the White House and Democrats in Congress to criticize the court's decisions.
The White House fired back Tuesday night with a statement that did not address the substance of Roberts's comments but with another broadside at the court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. Press secretary Robert Gibbs accused the court of opening "the floodgates for corporations and special interests to pour money into elections -- drowning out the voices of average Americans."
He continued: "So I have no problems with that. On the other hand, there is the issue of the setting, the circumstances and the decorum. 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."
Obama's remark is very troubling indeed.
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