The State of the Union is a Presidential Pep Rally

Inter Alia: Yale Law and Policy Review, Vol. 28, June 2010

Posted: 14 Nov 2010

See all articles by Keith E. Whittington

Keith E. Whittington

Princeton University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: November 11, 2010

Abstract

President Barack Obama has been criticized for questioning the Supreme Court's campaign finance decision in his State of the Union address, leading Chief Justice John Roberts to complain that the State of the Union had degenerated into a "political pep rally." This essay puts Obama's remarks into a broader context, and argues that the State of the Union has long been a political pep rally, that presidents often criticize the courts and judges, and that the particular venue in which they choose to do so is a matter of strategic calculation rather than decorum.

Keywords: presidency, supreme court, citizens united, state of the union, judicial review, judicial independence, separation of powers

Suggested Citation

Whittington, Keith E., The State of the Union is a Presidential Pep Rally (November 11, 2010). Inter Alia: Yale Law and Policy Review, Vol. 28, June 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1707682

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