Roberts right to chastise Obama on State of the Union slight

March 10, 2010

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is correct, of course, that it was inappropriate for President Obama to whip his hyenas into an anti-Supreme Court frenzy during the State of the Union speech ("Roberts faults Obamas State of the Union jab," March 10). And I suspect that there was nary a person in the nation who wasn't uncomfortable at the image of hundreds of partisan Democrat lawmakers clapping and whooping while figuratively and literally encircling a small group of black-clad, silent Supreme Court Justices.

The framers of this annual speech undoubtedly failed to take into consideration the prospect of a Chicago community organizer turned politician ever being at the helm.

Equally unnerving was that this event was not the first time that President Obama and his henchmen verbally assaulted a group of people, who, like the tea-party protesters, apparently aren't entitled to their own opinion on issues of relevance to the nation.

President Obama now has a negative approval rating in every state he flipped from the Bush column to his in 2008, which is more evidence that arrogance and attack-dog politics don't sit well with the American people. Two weeks after the State of the Union, President Obama was back to his sub-50 percent, largest-in-history drop in approval ratings, in some measure because consciously or subconsciously most Americans shudder when they see politicians verbally and arrogantly attacking folks who are acting respectful, responsible and in what they believe is the best interest of our nation.

Michael P. DeCicco, Severn

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