'What a Bully President Obama Has Suddenly Become,' Says SC Gov.

April 4, 2012 - 8:01 AM
Nikki Haley

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - "What is amazing is what a bully President Obama has suddenly become," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said on Wednesday.

The man who took office on a promise of 'hope and change' is now bullying people to get his way, Haley told Fox & Friends. "He's bullying his way on Paul Ryan, saying he's not coming up with an adequate budget. Now he's bullying the Supreme Court, saying no, they won't reverse (the health care law) -- they won't go against us on this.

"That's not how things work," Haley said. "He has to lead. He's shown no sort of leadership when it comes to balancing a budget. He's shown no leadership when it comes to allowing the states to do the will of the people. He continues to say no to everything."

Haley said Paul Ryan had "great courage" to tackle pressing budget issues.

But on Tuesday, President Obama slammed Ryan's budget as a "Trojan Horse" disguised as a deficit reduction plan. "It is thinly veiled social Darwinism," Obama said. "It is antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everybody who’s willing to work for it--a place where prosperity doesn’t trickle down from the top, but grows outward from the heart of the middle class.  And by gutting the very things we need to grow an economy that’s built to last -- education and training, research and development, our infrastructure -- it is a prescription for decline."

On Monday, Obama raised eyebrows when he seemed to be sending a stern message to the Supreme Court justices about his Affordable Care Act:

"Ultimately, I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,” Obama said. “I guess I would remind conservative commentators that for years what we’ve heard is the biggest problem on the bench is judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint. For an unelected group of people to somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law is a good example of that, and I’m pretty sure this court will recognize that and not take that step.”

On Tuesday, Obama clarified his remarks, but made essentially the same point:

"And the point I was making is that the Supreme Court is the final say on our Constitution and our laws, and all of us have to respect it, but it’s precisely because of that extraordinary power that the Court has traditionally exercised significant restraint and deference to our duly elected legislature, our Congress.  And so the burden is on those who would overturn a law like this.

Now, as I said, I expect the Supreme Court actually to recognize that and to abide by well-established precedence out there. I have enormous confidence that in looking at this law, not only is it constitutional, but that the Court is going to exercise its jurisprudence carefully because of the profound power that our Supreme Court has. As a consequence, we’re not spending a whole bunch of time planning for contingencies" (in case the law is overturned).

"What I did emphasize yesterday is there is a human element to this that everybody has to remember."

Obama repeated that he doesn't anticipate the Supreme Court striking down the Democrats' health care law. "I think they take their responsibilities very seriously," he said.

In another development on Tuesday, a federal appeals court judge in Texas -- troubled by Obama's remarks about the propriety of unelected judges striking down acts of Congress -- ordered a Justice Department attorney to give him -- within 48 hours -- a three-page letter, single spaced, specifically referring the president's statements and what they mean.

5th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jerry Smith said he wants to know the position of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department on the concept of judicial review.

"I want to be sure that you are telling us that the Attorney General and the Department of Justice do recognize the authority of the federal courts through unelected judges to strike acts of Congress or portions thereof in appropriate cases," Smith said.

The judge made the request during oral arguments in a separate challenge to another aspect of the federal health care law, the Associated Press reported.