AirTalk for October 15, 2012

Has the US Supreme Court been the Obama administration’s greatest obstruction?

"The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court"

U.S Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts stunned the nation when he voted to uphold the Obama administration’s health care plan in an atypical decision announced on June 28, 2012.

Roberts’ vote marked another chapter in the often complicated and contentious relationship between Chief Justice Roberts and President Obama that began the day Roberts fumbled the oath of office at Obama’s inauguration. As a result of the 5-4 conservative majority Court led by Roberts and the slightly more liberal White House led by Obama, two influential branches of federal government – the judicial and the executive – have often found themselves in opposition over the last four years.

Author Jeffrey Toobin has documented the momentous ideological battle between the conservative Supreme Court and the Obama administration in “The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court,” including Obama’s criticism of the Court’s controversial ruling in the Citizens United case.

Toobin provides a thorough account of the dynamic relationship between the two intrinsically different divisions and their leaders that will likely resonate for decades to come.

Guest:

Jeffrey Toobin, author, "The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court" (Doubleday); staff writer at The New Yorker; senior legal analyst at CNN


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