President Obama, the king of the czars, suddenly has a problem with the unelected.
Obama was speaking at a trilateral event with the Prime Minister of Canada and President of Mexico.
Obama touted the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as “a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically-elected Congress.”
“I am confident the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically-elected congress,” President Obama said at a White House event in the Rose Garden today.
“I just remind conservative commentators that for years we have heard the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint. That an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law. Well, this is a good example and I am pretty confident that this Court will recognize that and not take that step,” Obama said to the White House press. (Read More)
Does he recall how that law was passed, on Christmas? And the very law he’s worried about those “unelected” justices overturning has at its core a panel of unelected bureaucrats who will decide what treatments are and are not covered. What a hypocrite!
It got worse from there. Mexican President Felipe Calderon thought he’d throw in his two cents when it comes to healthcare.
The Mexican president urged the United States to follow his country’s example in supporting “full, free health care coverage for all people up to 18 years of age,” among other benefits. “I would hope that one of the greatest countries in the world could follow our example,” he said.
If health care is so great in Mexico why are people still sneaking across the border to come here?
The best part of the press conference was Obama’s comment on American exceptionalism.
Responding to Romney’s campaign trail claims that American influence has declined during the Obama administration and that the president “doesn’t have the same feelings about American exceptionalism that we do,” the president noted that he emerged on the national stage with a speech on the issue at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. More broadly, he said, “my entire career has been a testimony to American exceptionalism.” (Read More)
Let’s see, he went from being a community organizer, to a state senator who voted “present,” to a US senator who spent his time campaigning for president, and is now the president with his own list of “historic firsts.”
Update: Linked by Dan Collins at the Conservatory, who noted how Obama has pretty much declared war on the Supreme Court.
Update 2: Maggie linked and weighed in:
The Chicago Way was on full display today as Obama took to his podium and warned the U.S. Supreme Court that Americans would would see the stripping-out of his ObamaCare mandate as “judicial activism.” He referred to one of the three co-equal branches of government as “an unelected group of people.” This from the man who has governed by hordes of unelected bureaucrats known as Czars. He referred to the passage of the legislation by “a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.” That majority included not a single Republican vote, and backroom deals to get the necessary votes, as 34 Democrats voted with every Republican, against ObamaCare, were fast and furiously offered to whomever Democrats thought they could buy. Obama suggests the Court would be overreaching their authority should they deem the mandate illegal.