As some of you may know, my brother John and I went to Denver last weekend to visit my sister Katie. On the interminable drive back from the airport which is located out on the Nebraska plains, we chatted about current events, as we are all political junkies. John asked us if we knew who, years from now, would be identified as Obama’s most hated man. We didn’t know and he told us to guess.
“Karl Rove?” Nope.
“John Boehner?” Nope.
“George W.?” Nope.
He said, “John Roberts”
Let me now present John’s theory:
It’s June 28, 2012, the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) was passed in March, 2010. The final bill is not what either side would have liked but it was passed and signed into law as President Obama’s signature domestic policy triumph. After months of arguing and bartering and lawsuits from 27 states the issue has made it to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court’s decision is expected any moment.
We see the President in the private family quarters watching
Dancing with the Stars no Keeping Up with the Kardashians no Bill O’Reilly NO MacNeill/Lehrer no wait it’s Lehrer News no. We see the President chatting with his girls about plans for summer vacation. There is a knock on the door and Chief of Staff Jack Lew enters the room.
“Mr. President, a word?” asks Lew.
The President shoos the girls out of the room and waits for Lew to speak.
“The Court has handed down the opinion on the ACA.”
“The opinion is in our favor! The ACA is constitutional according to the Court!”
Lew smiles waiting for Obama to exult over the decision.
Obama frowns and shakes his head as if to clear cobwebs.
“What?” he asks sharply.
Lew is taken aback. “Uh, the Court, voted in our favor. We can continue the implementation of the law.”
Obama furrows his brow and and looks at his hand, counting on his fingers, he mumbles to himself, “There’s Scalia, Alito, Thomas, well Kennedy probably… Jack, who wrote the opinion?”
“Chief Justice Roberts, sir.” answers Lew.
“Are you kidding me?! There’s no way that Court voted in favor of ACA!” growls President Obama.
“Well sir, Roberts identified the individual mandate as a tax so even though you have repeatedly said this is not a tax, as long as it’s a tax, it’s constitutional. So they ruled in our favor despite the incredibly feeble argument put up by the government’s lawyers!”
“I can’t believe Roberts went for it. Shit, well make some calls, we better start some kind of website.”
And the rest is becoming history.
What? I think it’s funny!