The Oath

The Oath

The Obama White House and the Supreme Court

Book - 2012 | 1st ed.
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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. Roberts?and his allies on the Court?seek to overturn decades of precedent: in short, to undo the ultimate victory FDR achieved in the New Deal. This ideological war will crescendo during the 2011-2012 term, in which several landmark cases are on the Court's docket?most crucially, a challenge to Obama's controversial health-care legislation. With four new justices joining the Court in just five years, including Obama's appointees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, this is a dramatically?and historically?different Supreme Court, playing for the highest of stakes. No one is better positioned to chronicle this dramatic tale than Jeffrey Toobin, whose prize-winning bestseller The Nine laid bare the inner workings and conflicts of the Court in meticulous and entertaining detail. As the nation prepares to vote for President in 2012, the future of the Supreme Court will also be on the ballot.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385527200
Characteristics: viii, 325 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.


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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.

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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