It was vaguely menacing, and it garnered broad criticism. In the press it was characterized as a “brushback”—when a pitcher throws the ball close to a batter’s head to rattle him, to remind him he can be hurt. Peggy Noonan’s remarks about Obama’s veiled treats to the Supreme Court on their upcoming healthcare decision.
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John Kennedy, when handed a decision from the Supreme Court regarding the sensitive subject of denying prayer in school, explained that the American people would now have to “pray at home.” Kennedy, at that moment, expressed to all Americans the intelligence, grace and respect for the judicial system these few well crafted words brought. It elevated him in the eyes and hearts of Americans everywhere. – DSMW