Origins of the Obama/Roberts Conflict

By Evan Harris

Mar 12, 2010 6:56pm

Years before President Obama criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling on campaign finance reform at the State of the Union Address, then-Senator Barack Obama expressed fundamental disagreements with President Bush’s nominee for the Supreme Court, John Roberts.

Click here to watch George Stephanopoulos’ interview with Barack Obama on This Week from September 11, 2005.

Chief Justice Roberts reignited the tension on Tuesday when he told law students at the University of Alabama that “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.”

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