The Oath

The Oath

The Obama White House and the Supreme Court

eBook - 2012
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An insider's account of the momentous ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration. From the moment John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the United States, flubbed 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. Roberts--and his allies on the Court--seek to overturn decades of precedent: in short, to undo the victory FDR achieved in the New Deal. And now they are linked in history by Roberts's stunning vote to uphold Obamacare. As the nation prepares to vote for President in 2012, the future of the Supreme Court is also on the ballot.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2012
ISBN: 9780385536301
0385536305
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 325 p., [8] p. of plates) : col. ill

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vicchu
Feb 25, 2016

A page turner!

redban Aug 28, 2014

Similar to Mr. Toobin's previous book [The Nine], the author simply skims the surface, safe from anything insightful, what you would expect from a CNN legal analyst. If that's what the book was written for, then congratulations, thanks for the propaganda. Here, we are examining President Corporations himself, and we are still stuck in the political theatre of Republicans versus Democrats, Neoconservatives versus Neoliberals! What both parties have in common is big Corporate contributions, and the Supreme Court has a major role in opening up Corporate power. That needs to be addressed clearly and concisely, but you'll have to find that elsewhere (may I recommend Matt Taibbi's The Divide). Humanizing the judges without explaining the consequences of their decisions makes this a fluff-piece bedtime story for children. In the meantime, let us go watch Glenn Greenwald slap Toobin on national television.

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pokano
Jan 19, 2013

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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