A surprising vote

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It was quite a day for President Obama, and for Chief Justice John Roberts. There has been some speculation about the relationship between the President and Justice Roberts, beginning in 2005 when Roberts was up for confirmation to the Supreme Court. Watch the clip below of then-Senator Obama explaining why he would vote against the confirmation, citing his concern about Roberts’ “political philosophy.”

But Obama went on to say, “I hope that I am wrong. I hope that this reticence on my part proves unjustified and that Judge Roberts will show himself to not only be an outstanding legal thinker but also someone who upholds the Court’s historic role as a check on the majoritarian impulses of the executive branch and the legislative branch.” Now, nearly seven years later, Roberts came to the President’s rescue during one of the most critical moments of his term.

A surprising vote

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