Attending State of Union is not a mandatory sentence
I don’t care if Conservative Justices show up at the State of the Union address or not. They are not supposed to be political, and staying home might be political defiance, I guess.
A President can disagree with the Court’s decision and can argue his case. However, President Obama, a Constitutional lawyer, is now battling to prove that his Obamacare legislation is legal. So far, the reviews are mixed on a bipartisan basis. So much for political objectivity.
“Justice Breyer: I'll go to State of the Union
By Aaron Blake
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said Sunday that he will attend the upcoming State of the Union address, even as more conservative justices have been critical of what happened at the last one.
Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito have complained that President Obama, in last year's address, criticized the court on one of its decisions, even as the justices are expected to sit there expressionless.
Alito, at one point, mouthed the words "not true" when Obama criticized the court for "opening the floodgates" to corporate money in elections through its decision in the Citizens United case.
Breyer, who agreed with Obama on the Citizens United case and comes from the court's liberal wing, said he will still attend the speech, as he has throughout his tenure on the court.
"I'll go next year; I've gone every year," Breyer said during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday." "I think it's very, very, very important - very important -- for us to show up at that State of the Union, because people today are more and more visual."
Breyer declined to pass judgment on Roberts for criticizing Obama. But he said Supreme Court justices should be present at the address.
"What (people) see in front of them at the State of the Union is that federal government," Breyer added. "And I would like them to see the judges too, because federal judges are also a part of that government."
Breyer is promoting a new book that describes his judicial philosophy.
By Aaron Blake | December 12, 2010; 11:26 AM ET”