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- February 16, 2016

Obama Laments The Type Of Tactics Over Judicial Nominees That Were The Hallmark Of His Tenure In The Senate

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • By his own standard, Obama was a highly partisan obstructionist when serving in the Senate.
  • Obama opposed the nomination of John Roberts to become Chief Justice, even though he admitted Roberts was well-qualified.
  • Obama even filibustered the nomination of Samuel Alito to become Associate Justice, before decrying the tactic today.

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Today, Obama Attacked The Senate For What He Sad As "Obstructionist" Tactics On Judicial Nominations. OBAMA: "Part of the problem that we have here is that we've always gotten accustomed to how obstructionist the Senate has become when it comes to nominations." (President Barack Obama, Press Conference, Rancho Mirage, CA, 2/16/16)

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OBAMA VOTED AGAINST PRESIDENT BUSH'S QUALIFIED SUPREME COURT NOMINEES

Obama Opposed The Nomination Of John Roberts To Be Chief Justice Of The Supreme Court

Obama Had No Doubt That Roberts Was A Qualified Nominee. "Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said there is no doubt that Roberts has the legal qualifications to win confirmation." (Geoff Earle, "Court Pick Is A Dilemma For The Dems," The Hill, 7/21/05)

Obama: "There is absolutely no doubt in my mind Judge Roberts is qualified to sit on the highest court in the land. Moreover, he seems to have the comportment and the temperament that makes for a good judge." (Sen. Barack Obama, Congressional Record, 9/22/05, p. S10366)

  • Obama: "He is humble, he is personally decent, and he appears to be respectful of different points of view." (Sen. Barack Obama, Congressional Record , 9/22/05, p. S10366)
  • Obama: "It is absolutely clear to me that Judge Roberts truly loves the law. He couldn't have achieved his excellent record as an advocate before the Supreme Court without that passion for the law, and it became apparent to me in our conversation that he does, in fact, deeply respect the basic precepts that go into deciding 95 percent of the cases that come before the Federal court: adherence to precedence, a certain modesty in reading statutes and constitutional text, a respect for procedural regularity, and an impartiality in presiding over the adversarial system." (Sen. Barack Obama, Congressional Record, 9/22/05, p. S10366)

Obama Even Expressed A Desire To Vote To Confirm John Roberts. "All of these characteristics make me want to vote for Judge Roberts." (Sen. Barack Obama, Congressional Record, 9/22/05, p. S10366)

But Obama Sided With Liberal Democrats And Voted Against Confirming Judge John G. Roberts, Jr.'s Nomination To Be Chief Justice Of The U.S. Supreme Court. (Roberts Nomination, CQ Vote #245: Confirmed 78-22: R 55-0; D 22-22; I 1-0, 9/29/05, Obama Voted Nay)

  • Obama: "The bottom line is this: I will be voting against John Roberts' nomination." (Sen. Barack Obama, Congressional Record, 9/22/05, p. S10366)

Obama Opposed The Nomination Of Samuel Alito To Be An Associate Justice On The Supreme Court, Even Filibustering His Nomination

In 2005, Obama Accused President Bush Of Nominating Alito To Appease The "Far Right-Wing Of The Republican Party." Obama: "Though I will reserve judgment on how I will vote on Judge Alito's nomination until after the hearings, I am concerned that President Bush has wasted an opportunity to appoint a consensus nominee in the mold of Sandra Day O'Conner and has instead made a selection to appease the far right-wing of the Republican Party." (Sen. Barack Obama, "Obama Statement On President Bush's Nomination Of Judge Samuel Alito To The Supreme Court," Press Release, 10/31/05)

Obama Voted Against Confirming Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr.'s Nomination To The U.S. Supreme Court. (Alito Nomination - Confirmation, CQ Vote #2: Confirmed 58-42: R 54-1; D 4-40; I 0-1, 1/31/06, Obama Voted Nay)

  • Obama Voted To Filibuster Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. (Alito Nomination - Cloture, CQ Vote #1: Motion Passed 72-25: R 53-0; D 19-24; I 0-1, 1/30/06, Obama Voted Nay)

CONFRONTED ON HIS FILIBUSTER, OBAMA WAS FORCED TO ACKNOWLEDGE HIS DOUBLE STANARD

Today, Obama Criticized The Concept Of Filibustering A Supreme Court Nomination. OBAMA: "Justice Kennedy when he was nomination by Ronald Reagan. … But they did the right thing. They confirmed him. And if they voted against him they didn't mount a filibuster to block a vote from even coming up." (President Barack Obama, Press Conference, Rancho Mirage, CA, 2/16/16)

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But Obama Was Forced To Acknowledge His Double Standard On The Alito Nomination. QUESTION: "How do you respond to Republican criticism that your position is undercut by the fact that you and other members of your administration who were in the Senate at the time tried to filibuster Judge Alito in 2006?" OBAMA: "Look, I think it's fair to say that how judicial nominations have evolved over time is not historically the fault of any single party." (President Barack Obama, Press Conference, Rancho Mirage, CA, 2/16/16)

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