Obama v. Roberts: Politics, Decorum Collide?

By David Schoetz

Mar 11, 2010 12:10am

First, President Barack Obama criticized the Supreme Court campaign finance decision during his State of the Union Address — an applause line that the High Court justices were, by decorum, unable to openly question. Just look at the photo above. Now, Chief Justice John Roberts has hit back, fielding a question from a law school student yesterday about the president’s scolding — a response on camera. “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 to requirements of protocol, has to sit there expressionless,” Roberts said, “I think is very troubling.” Chief Justice Roberts went on to say that if the State of the Union is going to resemble a political pep rally, perhaps the judicial branch should not attend. So, tonight we ask: Is Chief Justice Roberts simply upholding principle and tradition? Or is he displaying a thin skin? Tell us what you think. Embedded below is the “World News” report on the topic.

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