WH Spokesman Says Obama's Attack On the Supreme Court Was 'Misunderstood'

In an occasionally testy exchange with reporters, White House press secretary Jay Carney defended President Obama’s remark that it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to overturn the administration’s healthcare law, saying the comment had been misunderstood.

Speaking at a Rose Garden news conference on Monday, Obama weighed in on the matter for the first time since last week’s high court hearings that left many Democrats fearful that the five conservative judges would band together to strike down his signature domestic achievement.

“Ultimately, I’m confident that 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,” the president said.

Republicans pounced on the remarks, citing more than 150 cases in which the Supreme Court had overturned an act of Congress.

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417 comments on “WH Spokesman Says Obama's Attack On the Supreme Court Was 'Misunderstood'
  1. Noob says:

    Zero was very clear with his attacks on the Supreme Court.  Back track all you want, but those who pay attention will not forget come November.

  2. AmericaFirst says:

    No Jay, Obama’s attack on the Supreme Court was not misunderstood.   I think his head is spinning and he is about to blow his top.  One of his SC female appointments must have tipped him off that things were not going too well for Obamacare. 

    • AmericaFirst says:

      I think it finally sunk in that this is a do or die conflict; and Obama the ruler can’t do anything about it. If he keeps up this type of ranting he will be looked at like a joke and a desperate man, which will help Romney look like a stable candidate with real solutions for all Americans.

      • RescueKyron says:

        You sure are on to the strategy.  Handicap O so his controllers can put Willard in his place and ship O back to Chi-Cag-O.  The controllers don’t care about US Parties, they have their own Commie One World Government Party.  Any little Useful Idiot will suffice and obey.  Willard is The Willing.  

    • RescueKyron says:

      Now who do you think those loose lips belong to?  Somebody who wants him to do something for Israel?  I’d bet on it.

  3. ElizabethMC says:

    Typical lefty speak is the argument that THEY didn’t make a mistake – We just misunderstood what they really meant.

  4. Shortstackmomma says:

    I pray that the courts overturn Obamacare! I pray they don’t back down to his scare tactics but give him a lesson on how America works and how we will defend our constitution! Every American needs to get familiar with the what is in the constitution and be ready to defend it or we will lose our freedom of speech and religion just like the Germany lost it when Hitler took over and Russia when Lenin took over! Read how dictators took over because we are being setup this day for a dictator to be in power! They want to destroy us from within…..race againist race, political party against political party and etc. Please read our constitution and history….educate yourself and prepare to fight for our freedom!

    • Keri says:

      Something Obama and Hitler have in common, Hitler never provided a birth certificate either…..

    • Shagnasty1 says:

       What is frightening about the Supreme Court is we currently have justices who have previously looked to international law instead of the Constitution when deciding cases. The Texas sodomy law decision a few years ago is one such case. But they only look to laws from countries who favor their current view. And remember, Ruth Ginsburg called our Constitution “an inferior document”.

      • RescueKyron says:

        She’s a traitor.  Trial for her and lock her up next to Pollard.  She took an Oath to support and protect our Constitution and then tried to intimidate Egypt not to copy our Constitution, but to use one created after WWII in Europe.  She is a sick B.  Americans must get her removed and punished.  Much blood has been spilled to get that Constitution and protect it. It is the DUTY of Americans to get her O.U.T. same as it is for OTHER communists in our government. What she did is a zillion times worse than any protester burning our Flag. She kicked every American in the teeth and stomped on every military that fights to defend our Constitution and country.

    • Robert Young says:

      Ron Paul is the only Candidate running who supports our Constitution and has the voting record to prove it. However, electing him President is only part of the answer. We, the voters, must elect both a House and Senate controlled by Constitutional Conservatives who, working together, can bring America back to government by our Constitution.

    • Joann says:

      What the court needs to do is pull the same crap obama did when obama and the democrats went behind closed doors and cut the Republicans out. The shoul go behind closed doors and cut the two obama lovers out.  Evidently it is legal.

  5. ruth says:

    YOU are a poor lying excuse for a spokesperson! You MARXIST POS!

  6. Dusty1 says:

    Obama’s PR problem now is that everyone understood PERFECTLY what he was saying.  He was WARNING the Supreme Court Justices to leave Obamacare alone.  The DICTATOR doesn’t want to share his power or be upstaged, either.  Let’s hope he keeps talking and letting everyone get an earful before Election Day.

    • tassiclipper2 says:

      Like the stupid American public would listen or believe obumnuts wants to destroy our country as we have known it.

    • Brad Nova says:

      Dusty, how can you say it was a threat? What possible recourse could the President take if the law is overturned?

      • Dusty1 says:

        Well, let’s say that he was trying to marginalize and discredit the Court in the eyes of the American People in case they decide Obamacare is unconstitutional.  He pulled this stunt before, during his State of the Union address in 2010, with the Justices sitting before him.  He is arrogant and insulting and continually oversteps his authority.

        • RescueKyron says:

          Geez I hope none of his students have good (or any) jobs now.  First, they are brainwashed and followers not independent or leaders.  Maybe that’s why only a couple who had to step out to say O knows better than what he is saying.  Nobody really is brave enough to step up and say they knew him in school or shared classes.  Could be dangerous for them.  

      • rank says:

        Well of course nothing, if you are following the script.  Then again, if you read about Cloward-Piven there is always the chance for some folks to riot, and then martial law can be declared.

      • darkcloud says:

         Brad, let’s turn your comment around. What will the Court do if they declare the law unconstitutional and O’Dumbo goes ahead with the implementation of the law because in his opinion it’s best for the American people? What then? Can the court call out the military? No. Can the court impeach him? No. Can the court get on every mainstream media outlet to argue and defend their decision? I doubt it. Basically, under our form of govt. the Executive is supposed to enforce the laws as written and approved by Congress with the affirmation of the executive. If the Executive chooses not to or chooses to go ahead and implement a law that has been deemed illegal then the Court is SOL.

        • Paul Smith says:

          That’s not true, DC.  Now I think that the SCOTUS will uphold the constitutionality of Obamacare but, presuming they actually grow a set and find it unconstitutional, Obama would not be able to implement it for any number of reasons but the biggest would be that nobody would buy it and the States would protect them.  Obummer isn’t that powerful yet.

        • Paul Smith says:

          Yep, replying to myself.  As I watch things ‘progress’, I see dark days ahead where a ‘crisis’ causes Martial Law resulting in tyranny and an end to our Republican form of government.  The SCOTUS blocking Obamacare could be the impetus for that crisis.  Here’s a recent article y’all might find interesting:

          Subject: Obama May Be In Deep Trouble… Obama May Be In Deep Trouble… with Chief Justice John Roberts, US Supreme Court Anthony G. Martin – North St. Paul News According to sources who watch the inner workings of the federal government, a smack-down of Barack Obama by the US Supreme Court may be inevitable. Ever since Obama assumed the office of President, critics have hammered him on a numb…er of Constitutional issues. Critics have complained that much, if not all of Obama’s major initiatives run headlong into Constitutional roadblocks on the power of the federal government. Obama certainly did not help himself in the eyes of the Court when he used the venue of the State of the Union address early in the year to publicly flog the Court over its ruling that the First Amendment grants the right to various organizations to run political ads during the time of an election. The tongue-lashing clearly did not sit well with the Court, as demonstrated by Justice Sam Alito, who publicly shook his head and stated under his breath, ‘That’s not true,’ when Obama told a flat-out lie concerning the Court’s ruling. As it has turned out, this was a watershed moment in the relationship between the executive and the judicial branches of the federal government. Obama publicly declared war on the court, even as he blatantly continued to propose legislation that flies in the face of every known Constitutional principle upon which this nation has stood for over 200 years. Obama has even identified Chief Justice John Roberts as his number one enemy, that is, apart from Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity and so on. And it is no accident that the one swing-vote on the court, Justice Anthony Kennedy, stated recently that he has no intention of retiring until ‘Obama is gone.’ Apparently, the Court has had enough. The Roberts Court has signaled, in a very subtle manner, of course, that it intends to address the issues about which Obama critics have been screaming to high heaven. A ruling against Obama on any one of these important issues could potentially cripple the Administration. Such a thing would be long overdue. First, there is ObamaCare, which violates the Constitutional principle barring the federal government from forcing citizens to purchase something. And no, this is not the same thing as states requiring drivers to purchase car insurance, as some of the intellectually-impaired claim. The Constitution limits the FEDERAL government, not state governments, from such things, and further, not everyone has to drive, and thus, a citizen could opt not to purchase car insurance by simply deciding not to drive a vehicle. In the ObamaCare world, however, no citizen can ‘opt out.’ Second, sources state that the Roberts court has quietly accepted information concerning discrepancies in Obama’s history that raise serious questions about his eligibility for the office of President. The charge goes far beyond the birth certificate issue. This information involves possible fraudulent use of a Social Security number in Connecticut , while Obama was a high school student in Hawaii . .. And that is only the tip of the iceberg. Third, several cases involving possible criminal activity, conflicts of interest, and pay-for-play cronyism could potentially land many Administration officials, if not Obama himself, in hot water with the Court. Frankly, in the years this writer has observed politics, nothing comes close to comparing with the rampant corruption of this Administration, not even during the Nixon years. Nixon and the Watergate conspirators look like choirboys compared to the jokers that populate this Administration. In addition, the Court will eventually be forced to rule on the dreadful decision of the Obama DOJ suing the state of Arizona . That, too, could send the Obama doctrine of open borders to an early grave, given that the Administration refuses to enforce federal law on illegal aliens. And finally, the biggie that could potentially send the entire house of cards tumbling in a free-fall is the latest revelation concerning the Obama-Holder Department of Justice and its refusal to pursue the New Black Panther Party. The group was caught on tape committing felonies by attempting to intimidate Caucasian voters into staying away from the polls. A whistle-blower who resigned from the DOJ is now charging Holder with the deliberate refusal to pursue cases against Blacks, particularly those who are involved in radical hate-groups, such as the New Black Panthers, who have been caught on tape calling for the murder of white people and their babies. This one is a biggie that could send the entire Administration crumbling–that is, if the Justices have the guts to draw a line in the sand at the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE ON YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS LIST!!!

      • Paul Smith says:

        What an incredibly ignorant question.  Are you not paying attention, Brad?  If the SCOTUS crosses The Powers That Be, how long do you think they’ll continue to exist?

    • Paul Smith says:

      And given the response of the courts to the eligibility issue, they very likely will do just that.

  7. del says:

    The idiot in the white house was probably tipped off by the equally corrupt kagan who has no business squatting on the supreme court over obozocare which she helped to initiate.  What a horrid boondoggle this corrupt administration is trying to foist on We the People

    • Edward shick says:

       This Phoney President should go back to Kenya with ,if you ever return you will face charges of being a Traitor, take your Czars with you , and the democrats in senate , which are about as UnAmerican  as you , I know we will not have an honest election with a Dictator as president, His wish is Destroy the US

      • Joann says:

        It is so hard to believe that the democrats are behind this ogre and want our country destroyed.  How dumb can you be?  Look around at what he has already done.  They and their families have to live in the mess he (with their names on permission) is making of our great country.  They are accountable along with him because they do nothing to stop him. There seems to be not one smart democat in office. Lack of brains.

        • PetiteET says:

           I say it again.  Our values and the libs’ values have nothing, zero, in common.  We need two separate countries, and let them try this socialism utopia by themselves.  Name one issue in our society that we are on the same page. 

        • Edward shick says:

           I think they all proved that they were brainless when it was passed 100% by the Democrats, And Pelosi saying pass it then we will find out what is in it , These congress people are mostly LAWYERS

        • liz says:

          yeah a bunch of dumb a– lawyers

    • Joann says:

      I say, if they can prove she squeeled she should be baned from this deal and the deal about obama/s birth cirtificate.  She was one of the people who helped hide his history.

  8. Guest says:

    I think what he said was totally in character. There was not misunderstanding. It was very clear, Mr. Let ME be CLEAR.

    • Joann says:

      Good one.  Some one should make a bumper sticker of it.  I would buy one for each vehicle and maybe stick one on my purse.. Maybe on my front door.  How many times has he tried to backtrack and try to FOOL us.When will he learn we are smarter than the average.

  9. Bigolfascist says:

     “…..a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,”  Yeah, a Democrat majority Congress.  It would have passed even with 100% Republican dissent.  All the Dems had to be brought into line.

  10. Eve says:

    Misunderstood again? … How many times have the ignorant Americans misunderstood Obama? Like placing his hand over his heart for the pledge of allegiance? Pastor Wright? Bowing to the Muslims? Fast and Furious and everything else this dirtbag has done? Misunderstood? I think not!

  11. Kategray_ghost says:

    The PRETENDER’S comments were clear and wanted to see what the reaction was. He has every intention of destroying America.

  12. Jazzpiano says:

    Let me see if I have this straight. If the vote is 5-4 to strike the law or portions of the law ‘unconsitutional’ then that would be termed unreasonable and counter to the wishes of a majority of the Congress according to the President.  What if the vote is 5-4 to uphold the law – then it’s okay?  Convoluted logic as usual from a totally inept president.

    • Dusty1 says:

      Obama also chooses his words carefully to support his argument.  A “majority of Congress” is really just the Democrats who voted for it, since they were the majority in both the House and Senate.  And even with that, millions of dollars in gifts, promises and threats were necessary to garner those votes.  It was legislation from hell. 

      • Joann says:

        It is called “Pelosi’s mice”  A bunch of men who are afraid of an ugly stupid mouthy woman.  They and their families must be so proud of the wimps letting a mere woman rule them.. Scared to death of her.  I wonder what her husband is like?  Who wears the pants?????

    • liz says:

      I don’t believe our judges will find this obummer care constitutional

  13. VIDEOMAN_BVR says:

    There is no mistaking a threat!!!!!

  14. Combat Seabee says:

    No it wasn’t. Oblowhole has misunderstood the division of the government branches and the system of checks and balances. He seems to think that he is above the law and all citizenry of America!!! Just look at his upturned face arrogant picture. Reminds me exactly of Bennito Mussilini’s picture!!

  15. ellen says:

    obama know perfedtly what he was saying ,he is trying to cover is -ss and it will not work , I hope he keeps talking so people will know his true self