St. Louis Reporter Confronts Obama About “Jetting Around” on Vacation and Intimidating the Supreme Court
Apr 13, 2012
RUSH: People want to know what Obama said to the St. Louis TV reporter. Let’s go to audio sound bite number one. Last night in St. Louis, KMOV-TV Eyeball News. The anchor, Larry Conners, interviewed Obama in a random act of journalism. This question is not asked. This question is never asked. He said, “The economy is a big issue and concern for folks. I mean, the unemployment, trying to make ends meet, gas prices, food prices going up. Some of our viewers are complaining, they get frustrated, even angered, when they see the first family jetting around, different vacations and so forth, sometimes maybe they think under color of state business and that you’re out of touch, that you don’t really know what they’re experiencing right now.”
OBAMA: I don’t know how many viewers you’re talking about that say that —
CONNERS: We do hear from some.
OBAMA: Yeah, I hear from all kinds of —
CONNERS: I’m sure you do.
OBAMA: — viewers about everything. But the fact of the matter is, I think if you look at my track record, I’m raising a family here. When we travel, we gotta travel through Secret Service in Air Force One. That’s not my choice. I think most folks understand how hard I work and how hard this administration’s working on behalf of the American people.
RUSH: Wow, that’s not very persuasive. That’s not very convincing. (imitating Obama) “You know, I really don’t like this Air Force One. Secret Service makes Michelle take her own airplane, like when we’re going to Martha’s Vineyard on the same day but four hours apart, she took her own 757. I had to wait for the 747. But Secret Service makes us do all that. The American people know how hard I’m working. They know how hard I’m working. I mean, if you look at the my track record, I’m raising a family here, for crying out loud.” I guess that raising a family, being president, is kind of a tough thing, huh? Not as luxurious as staying at home and raising five kids and not really knowing what anything is all about. But a question you don’t hear asked.
The same reporter said, “After the oral arguments in the Supreme Court many were saying the plan’s going to be rejected. You apparently believed enough that you were compelled to say you were confident the Supreme Court would not overturn what the Congress had done. Critics say that you were using this as a bully pulpit trying to intimidate the justices and you stepped over the line.” Do you believe this? A local reporter in St. Louis asking these questions. Here’s Obama’s answer.
OBAMA: The reason we give them lifetime tenure is they don’t get intimidated, because, you know, they understand that they’re immune from those kinds of political considerations. The point I was making, which is one that I think most legal scholars would agree with, is that although the Supreme Court has the power to overturn congressional laws that violate the Constitution, it would be extraordinary for them to step in and overturn a law dealing with one of the biggest segments of our economy that everybody acknowledges is national in nature, under the commerce clause. That hasn’t been done since before the New Deal.
OBAMA: For the courts to take that step would be extraordinary and I don’t think they’re gonna take it.
RUSH: So he says you can’t intimidate them, and then he intimidates ’em. You can’t intimidate the justices. They got a lifetime appointment. You can’t intimidate ’em, but then he tries to, and he says, (imitating Obama) “They won’t overturn something this big. This is too big, biggest segments of our economy, everybody acknowledges and which most legal scholars would agree.” Most legal scholars do not agree with President Obama on this.