The Oath: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court

The Oath: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court

by Jeffrey Toobin
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The Oath: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin

A Washington Post Notable Work of Nonfiction

From the moment Chief Justice Roberts botched Barack Obama's oath of office, the relationship between the Court and the White House has been a fraught one. Grappling with issues as diverse as campaign finance, abortion, and the right to bear arms, the Roberts court has put itself squarely at the center of American political life. Jeffrey Toobin brilliantly portrays key personalities and cases and shows how the President was fatally slow to realize the importance of the judicial branch to his agenda. Combining incisive legal analysis with riveting insider details, The Oath is an essential guide to understanding the Supreme Court of our interesting times.

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ISBN-13: 9780307390714
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/04/2013
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 270,764
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Toobin is the bestselling author of The Nine, Too Close to Call, A Vast Conspiracy, and The Run of His Life. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the senior legal analyst at CNN. He lives with his family in New York.

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The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
CrossroadsDB More than 1 year ago
I just wanted to point out that the other person submitting a review of this book didn't even read the book! She said she read THE REVIEW of the book!!! So, without actually reading the arguments presented in the book, she comes to a conclusion based on ideology. Ironically, this is exactly the problem with the Roberts court Mr. Toobin addresses in this book. Instead of thoughtful judges who evaluate cases based on precedent, asking questions, and considering arguments, the ideologues on the Court, particularly Thomas, Scalia, and Alito, already have their minds made up, so don't bother them with the evidence or the arguments. Many Republicans and traditional conservatives today are distressed at the shift to radical right-wing ideology within that party, particularly over issues of civility in political discourse, individual privacy, and corporate responsibility (environmental regulations, etc.), and Toobin compares TRUE conservatives w/ the *right-wing ideologues* on the Court today. (I hope I can add to this review later b/c I tend to be verbose, but I don't have time right now for a lengthy review!) For now, I'll just say that I found this book very enlightening about the current relationship b/t the Judicial and Executive branches of our government, and I recommend that people read it before the 2012 election. You might be surprised at the evidence Toobin presents and the arguments he makes!
mamamia More than 1 year ago
I also have a problem with "commoner" who disses a book he/she did not read. This is a good book to read and gives insight to the workings of The Supreme Court and this Administration. Hopefully people will read it to learn of another opinion and not read it to have their opinion validated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Toobin does a largely good job objectively covering the rrlationship between President Obama and the Supreme Court Justices. The narrative is entertaining and fairly well written. Definitely a recommended read to those interested in the subject matter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a good update on an important part of our governmrnt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Toobin's narration of recent Supreme Court decisions provides an interesting (and sometimes scattered) view of the various forces that impact these decisions that so often shape our culture and economy. One would expect that some predictable sources of influence, such as party politics, might be set aside at the doors of our magnificent Supreme Court building. Yet, the fascinating story that penetrates this book is that while our justices are bright legal minds who have sometimes found their way to the Court by luck or circumstance, the justices are truly ordinary human beings with extraordinary power. The motivation of each justice ( if Toobin is correct in his analysis) is political, whether that is driven by the justice's personal need to wield influence, or to alleviate social injustice, or to create a historical moment, or even for party-driven policy goals. The deliberateness of party politics on this highest Court is surprising; it is shocking, at times, to realize how little the briefs or law matter when a political agenda is on the table. One might expect that justices would have political beliefs, but agendas should be left to the legislature and executive! Toobin reminds us of the human frailness of our justices, and of the very divided political forces that influence these justices. Perhaps the scales of justice which are prevalent in the Spreme Court souvenier gift shop in Washington should be adorned with donkeys and elephants. The impartiality and integrity alluded to the Court are illusory, but we knew this when Bush was appointed ( yes, appointed) President.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jeffrey Toobin at his best. A bold, informative, exciting read. A must read for all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rights of minorities and women versus the right of corporations are going to be affected by the election this year. If you care about people versus gargantuan corporations you must read this before the election. If you went to a school that didnt teach you about our three branches of government this book will show you why your vote for president is so important. We get the court we deserve and Toobin makes his case with the sense of urgency it deserves. Th the sense of urgency it deseves
TiredofGarbage More than 1 year ago
Toobin does a great job in deciphering what is going on with the Court, which is under a cloud of suspicion following the 2000 election when they ruled against the will of the people, and Citizens United, when the justices again ruled against the people. The landmark health reform ruling will stand for many generations as a time when this Court finally ruled in favor of the people. Like Roe vs. Wade, the Court ruled for reality rather than fake ideology, and we have to applaud them for that. In my world, a conservative is a selfish person who lives just for themselves, and believes that it is OK to let people die because they cannot afford healthcare - and I thank God that we have a government standing up for all the people, not just the ones who happen to be rich (riches come and go, humanity and decency live forever). A good book, highly recommended.
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Very interesting and well written, however it revisits a lot of info included in "The Nine".
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luvcoffeejeeps More than 1 year ago
Wonderful and interesting read!
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WET1 More than 1 year ago
This book is interesting, but so liberally biased that I don't know what part to believe and when to ask what is the rest of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting.