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Charlie Barber, Published February 06 2010

President can throw a punch

Anyone who doubts that President Barack Obama can throw a punch fails to recognize the bleeding that attends the bleatings of those who would defend U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s intemperate reaction to presidential criticism.

Obama, once again demonstrating “grace under pressure,” and upholding his sworn oath to defend the American people and their Constitution, dared to rebuke the recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision that threatens to destroy American freedoms for the sake of corporate power. As chief executive he was not only within his rights, but doing his duty.

Alito, on the other hand, has a duty to behave within the parameters of “judicial temperament” a third-branch-of-American-government stricture he clearly violated with his demonstrative frowning and grousing in reaction to the president’s words.

Every lawyer in this country knows that what Alito did was unprofessional.

I wonder if there is a single state bar association in the country that will dare say so for public consumption?

I’m not holding my breath.