Much has been made of the SOTU “face-off” between President Obama and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. Leave it to both sides to try and score political points of a non-issue.
“It almost defies logic, reason and respect; however, Barack Hussein Obama did the unthinkable during his first State of the Union Speech and tried to intimidate the Supreme Court of the United States,” wrote one conservative blogger.
“So much for separation of powers, but Obama thinks he is above everything.”
Meanwhile, on “Meet the Press” this morning presidential adviser David Axelrod described Alito’s silent rebuttal as a “inappropriate outburst.” Really? Mouthing the words “not true” qualifies as an outburst?
Both Obama and Alito may have broken tradition but the exchange hardly merits hand-wringing. Presidents can, and do, disagree with Supreme Court decisions. And justices, like everyone else, have the right to disagree with the a president’s assessment. Neither was trying to usurp the other — they were just being honest.