President Obama received a degree from Harvard law school, and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago law school. Despite that background he has said :
“I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
This statement is unprecedented in itself. A President of the United States directly challenging the Supreme Court of the United States, in specific their ability to repeal laws that pass Congress. The understanding of someone that taught constitutional law, would be that they would recognize the courts authority to overturn legislation that they found to be unconstitutional. President Obama does know that the Supreme Court can, and does overturn those laws that they find to be unconstitutional. The President does not like any type of opposition. When he faces opposition he seeks to diminish it by energized rhetoric, or false statements.
“For years what we’ve heard is the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint—that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law. Well, this is a good example. And I’m pretty confident that this court will recognize that and not take that step.”
In President Obama’s mind, if you are a Judge that opposes him then you are engaging in judicial activism, and need to have the country reminded that you are an unelected Judge. The President doesn’t take too kindly to opposition, and his aggressive response shows that.