Friday, January 29, 2010

State of the Union Aftermath...Part 2

As promised, part 2 of my SOTU deals with the President's comments to the Supreme Court.  I don't know how many of you saw it, but Justice Alito had his own, "You Lie," moment during Obama's speech. Take a look at the video...

The Terminator's take...Alito had two reasons for his reaction

First, Obama is now among only a handful of Presidents to confront the Supreme Court in the context of the State of the Union address.  Jefferson, Roosevelt and Reagan are the only other Presidents who have acted similarly.  That probably put Alito and the other Supremes on edge.

Second, while Obama was correct in mentioning the court's decision regarding individual Americans and domestic groups or organizations, he incorrectly mentioned foreign entities.  The court allowed unlimited spending in its Citizens United vs. FEC an extension of First Amendment free speech rights... but has yet to rule on spending rules regarding foreign entities. 

Honestly, both Obama and Alito were somewhat out of line, but the whole thing seemed a little overblown to me...certainly not like Joe Wilson's, "You lie," outburst.

Next topic...Don't Ask, Don't Tell