Did John Roberts Foreshadow His ObamaCare Decision With A Reference To A 1927 Oscar Winning War Movie?Submitted by emalvini on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 13:13
Did John Roberts Foreshadow His ObamaCare Decision With A Reference To A 1927 Oscar Winning War Movie?
Peter Suderman | July 5, 2012
Is there no one in charge at the Department of Close Readings? The Wall Street Journal, which today recalls an instance in which an odd movie reference from Supreme Court Justice John Roberts may have foreshadowed his eventual decision to uphold ObamaCare, has either stumbled onto a weirdly telling anecdote the Chief Justice or slow-news-week SCOTUS Kremlinology has gotten completely out of hand. Here's the story, which took place on May 16 at the Supreme Court musicale, which is apparently "an annual event where prominent musicians serenade the justices":
When the concert ended, Chief Justice Roberts rose to offer parting words. After the customary thanks to the participants, however, he pivoted to a seeming non-sequitur, noting that Justice Ginsburg had scheduled the event on what he deemed an auspicious date, the 83rd anniversary of the first Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood.
The top prize, he recalled, had gone to “Wings,” a semi-silent film about World War I flying aces. The chief justice relayed the rarely-screened picture’s plot in remarkable detail. The story involves two American flyboys, Jack (Charles “Buddy” Rogers) and David (Richard Arlen), hometown pals in a kind of love triangle with Mary, an ambulance driver played by Clara Bow.