President Obama: Overturning Individual Mandate Would be "Unprecedented, Extraordinary Step"
President Obama (center) holds a press conference in the Rose Garden with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (right) and Mexican President Felipe Calderon (left).
April 2nd, 2012
03:55 PM ET

President Obama: Overturning Individual Mandate Would be "Unprecedented, Extraordinary Step"

President Obama’s day of international diplomacy was interrupted Monday when a reporter from Bloomberg asked him a question on domestic politics, inciting a strong defense of the president's signature health care reform legislation.

Standing with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon during a press conference in the Rose Garden, Obama was asked about the possibility that the individual mandate could be deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

He responded by saying that he was confident the court would not take the “unprecedented, extraordinary step” of deeming the bill unconstitutional. He then pointed to the popular conservative talking point about the dangers of judicial activism, contending that if the Supreme Court threw out the mandate they would be circumventing the legislative process.

“I'd just remind conservative commentators that for years what we've heard is the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint, that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law,” Obama said. “Well, this is a good example. And I'm pretty confident that this - this court will recognize that and not take that step.”

Here’s the president’s full answer: FULL POST

March 23rd, 2012
10:27 AM ET

President Obama statement on Trayvon Martin case

President Obama addressed the Trayvon Martin shooting today in the Rose Garden.

“Obviously this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through. When I think about this boy I think about my own kids and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.

I’m glad that not only the Justice Department is looking into it, I understand now that the governor of the state of Florida has formed a task force to investigate what is taking place.

I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how something like this happened. That means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened as well as the specifics of the incident.

But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon. If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and we will get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”


Topics: President Obama • Rose Garden • The Buzz
Preparing for a POTUS statement
March 17th, 2011
03:51 PM ET

Preparing for a POTUS statement

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Members of the White House Press Corps wait for President Obama to come to the Rose Garden to give a statement on Japan. With today's warmer weather, it was the first time this season an event has taken place in the Rose Garden.