Tuesday, March 9, 2010

John Roberts Says Scene At Obama's State Of Union Was "Very Troubling"

From the Associated Press:
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday the scene at President Obama's State of the Union address was "very troubling" and the annual speech has "degenerated to a political pep rally."

Obama chided the court, with the justices seated before him in their black robes, for its decision on a campaign finance case [Citizens United v. FEC].
Update: Pushing back, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs responded:
"What is troubling is that this decision opened the floodgates for corporations and special interests to pour money into elections - drowning out the voices of average Americans * * * . The President has long been committed to reducing the undue influence of special interests and their lobbyists over government. That is why he spoke out to condemn the decision and is working with Congress on a legislative response."

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