The present White House has a tendancy to shoot from the hip, so I’m hoping that this is just some flunkie’s idea of strong sounding phrase that doesn’t have any real meaning or intent behind it. Yet, the more I think about it, the more it troubles me, and I’d like to remember that it was there in case of future reference.
With its ruling today, the Supreme Court has given a green light to a new stampede of special interest money in our politics. It is a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans. This ruling gives the special interests and their lobbyists even more power in Washington–while undermining the influence of average Americans who make small contributions to support their preferred candidates. That’s why I am instructing my Administration to get to work immediately with Congress on this issue. We are going to talk with bipartisan Congressional leaders to develop a forceful response to this decision. The public interest requires nothing less.
(bolding mine) The Supreme Court’s decision was on constitutional grounds. It ruled that the law which forbid distribution of a movie is invalid, under the constitution. The president has no power to change that. The congress has no power to change that. The constitution says what it says.
What, exactly, is Obama proposing to do here?
Added: Really good description of the issues at play in this case here.