Did the President go too far?
During his State of the Union address on Wednesday night, President Obama called out the Supreme Court for its ruling last week on Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission: “With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that, I believe, will open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections.”
As the Washington Post describes, “The justices, in the front and second rows of the House chamber, sat motionless and expressionless. Except for Alito. “Not true, not true,” he appeared to say (other lip readers think he said, “That’s not true”) as he shook his head and furrowed his brow.”
Both the President’s statement and Justice Alito’s response have gotten much reaction. So did the President overstep his bounds? Was it a protocol breach of separation of powers? Or was it Justice Alito’s “you lie” moment?