- The Washington Times - Friday, January 29, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

President Obama made the biggest mistake I have ever seen during the State of the Union speech Wednesday night: He ridiculed and embarrassed the Supreme Court justices, which a president has no business doing.

It is very bad manners to invite people to hear you speak and then denounce them with great glee. The Democrats in the House rose to their feet and cheered Mr. Obama’s denunciation of last week’s high court ruling regarding political ad campaign funding.

This act of hubris will haunt him for the remaining three years of his presidency. Mr. Obama and his solicitor general may have a very hard time convincing the court to rule in their favor for the remainder of his term.

For all of Mr. Obama’s so-called brilliance, he apparently can’t understand that five is greater than four. My guess is that Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is considered the court’s swing vote, will not forget his comments. Mr. Obama may have forgotten that Justice Kennedy wrote the majority opinion he derided during his speech. Maybe Mr. Obama is just not that smart after all.

ROBERT R. JACOBS

Phoenix

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