Should justices attend State of the Union?

January 25, 2011
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Tonight is President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech in which he will highlight his triumphs while in office over the last year as well as areas that he feels need addressed. Last year, things got kind of awkward when the president called out the U.S. Supreme Court justices for their ruling on Citizens United, which said the government can’t ban political spending by corporations in elections.

The justices who attend the speech try not to react to what the president says. They are supposed to keep politics out of it when they make their rulings and don’t want their reactions at the speech to be construed as favoring a particular party. I understand why the justices attend, to show support for the president and the country, but when the event resembles a political rally with the constant standing ovations and applause from the president’s political party members, do the justices still need to be there?

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  • Justices Attendance at State of the Union
    Given the actions of the present President of the United States at the last State of the Union address, I think that the Justices of the United States Supreme Court should not attend this event.

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