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Good evening I'm Bret -- President Obama said today -- a prayer breakfast the Easter story of Christ's agony and resurrection.
Has helped him get through tough times.
Tonight chief White House correspondent Ed Henry tells us the president and his aides are still having a tough time dealing with one particular issue.
Day three of the White House trying to clear up exactly what President Obama said Monday in the Rose Garden even after -- clarification on Tuesday.
Critics were left with the impression.
He had tried to bully the Supreme Court into finding his health -- constitutional.
-- the reverse of intimidation he simply making an observation about precedent the problem is Monday the president implied it would be illegitimate for the court he called them on elected to overturn the law.
What would be an unprecedented.
Step yet there have been at least a 159.
Times -- Supreme Court has ruled part or all of an act of congress unconstitutional.
Which is why spokesman Jay Carney today stressed.
The president meant the court has deferred to congress on major economic law involving the commerce clause didn't specify what your -- right now he did yesterday yeah.
But it is original promise you not had to withdraw that cap you disabled and -- us.
That's not what he said -- and that's not certainly what he meant and it was clear to most folks who observe.
This and it was not clear enough which is why the president clarified yesterday.
A law like this has not been overturned by the High Court since a lock your vs New York in 1906.
The Supreme Court.
Is the final say on our constitution and our laws.
And all of us have to respect it.
But it's precisely because of that extraordinary power.
The court has traditionally exercised.
Significant restraint still a federal appeals court made up of three Republican appointees has demanded that by noon Thursday attorney general Eric Holder respond in writing as to whether the Justice Department believes courts can strike down federal laws.
I think that you with the president said.
A couple of days ago was appropriate then he indicated -- We obviously respect decisions that that courts make under our system.
Jay Carney said today the president understands the law because he was a former constitutional law professor.
They'll pull it a fact just declared that the president's claims Monday.
Or false -- Ed Henry -- in the north lawn at that.
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