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The Oath

The Obama White House and the Supreme Court
Toobin, Jeffrey (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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From the moment John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the United States, blundered through the oath of office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Both men are young, brilliant, charismatic, charming, determined to change the course of the nation, and completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue. One is radical; one essentially conservative. The surprise is that Obama is the conservative: a believer in incremental change, compromise, and pragmatism over ideology.
Authors: Toobin, Jeffrey
Title: The oath
the Obama White House and the Supreme Court
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: viii, 325 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,25 cm.
Contents: The politician's path
"On behalf of the strong in opposition to the weak"
The era of good feelings
The legacy of appendix E
The ballad of Lilly Ledbetter
The war against precedent
The hunter
Lawyers, guns, and money
The unrequited bipartisanship of Barack Obama
Wise Latina
Money talks
Samuel Alito's question
The rookie
The ninety-page swan song of John Paul Stevens
"With all due deference to separation of powers"
The retired justices dissent
Softball politics
The tea party and the justice's wife
The Thomas court
"Democracy is not a game"
"You should do it."
Broccoli
The "effective" argument
Epilogue: the Roberts court.
Summary: From the moment John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the United States, blundered through the oath of office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Both men are young, brilliant, charismatic, charming, determined to change the course of the nation, and completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue. One is radical; one essentially conservative. The surprise is that Obama is the conservative: a believer in incremental change, compromise, and pragmatism over ideology.
ISBN: 0385527209
9780385527200
Statement of Responsibility: Jeffrey Toobin
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Roberts, John G., 1955- Obama, Barack. Political questions and judicial power United States History 21st century. Constitutional history United States. United States Politics and government 2009- United States. Supreme Court History 21st century.
Topical Term: Political questions and judicial power
Constitutional history
LCCN: 2012029205
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Aug 28, 2014
  • redban rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Similar to Mr. Toobin's previous book [The Nine], the author simply skims the surface, safe from anything insightful. If that's what the book was written for, then congratulations. Here, we are examining President Corporation himself, and we are still stuck in the political theatre of Republicans versus Democrats, Neoconservatives versus Neoliberals! What both party have in common is big money, and the Supreme Court has a role in opening up Corporate power. That needs to be addressed clearly and concisely. In the meantime, let us go watch Glenn Greenwald slap Toobin on national television.

Jan 19, 2013
  • pokano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Superb book! Toobin has written an entertaining yet informative book about the Supreme Court during the Obama presidency. He humanizes the justices while revealing their political motivations. Behind the scenes information about Citizens United and several other major supreme court cases.

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