It’s rare for a president to comment on a pending Supreme Court case, let alone one of his own, in deference to the historic decorum surrounding the separation of powers among the three branches of government. Obama was considered impolite in 2010 during his State of the Union when he harshly — and inaccurately — criticized the court’s Citizens United decision, with most of the justices sitting in courteous silence only a few feet in front of him. (See photo above.)
Although the president and aides claim there are no contingency plans underway in case the court tosses Obamacare with its June decision, Obama’s statement sounded remarkably like a polished political response for the upcoming campaign in the event of a legal defeat.
It also struck many on both sides of the aisle like a blunt warning to the justices that he was prepared to run against them this fall. Which would fit nicely with his already running against Congress and, of course, Republicans and the oil companies, to avoid discussing his own dismal record.