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Updated on July 19, 2010


Back in 1863 Maj. Henry Martyn Robert was selected to preside over a church meeting. He felt he did not have the necessary skills to conduct the meeting with proper decorum. This event was the beginning of his authorship of a set of rules for conducting public meetings. Thus today we have “Robert’s Rules of Orders”. This is a guide for conducting public meetings with proper decorum. These rules are accepted anyplace where civilized people gather.


Robert’s Rules of Order are applied where in the United States of America civilized people meet and gather for the purpose of proper behavior. These rules apply to meetings of the US Congress and many other governmental entities. This could be a Rotary Club meeting, or Kiwanas Club meeting. These rules are in full power during joint sessions of Congress such as The State of The Union speech.


During The State of The Union speech delivered by Barrack Obama calling out the Supreme Court, a coequal branch of government, violated these rules. It was clearly a severe breach of protocol for President Obama to use such an occasion in such a political manner. The fact that the reason stated by the POTUS was in error made it worse. The Democrats all rose and cheered the lie POTUS told. Associate Justice Alito could be seen mouthing the words” Not true!” This action caused a big bru-ha-ha in all the chatting classes. The members of SCOTUS sat in place as protocol calls for them to do. The only misbehavior was on the part of Barrack Obama by making reference to a SCOTUS on this occasion.

I have heard many Justices speak on CSPAN and regardless of political persuasion they have a deep abiding respect and love for one another. This breech of protocol by POTUS whose legislation is constitutionally questionable was sheer idiocy. These folks stick together through thick and thin. OCD Obama may find his health care bill ruled unconstitutional even if it does pass.


Yesterday March 9, 2010 Chief Justice John Roberts called out President Obama. I say three cheers for Chief Justice Roberts. Hip, hip, hurrah for the Chief Justice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Quoting the AP “U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday the scene at President Obama’s State of the Union address was “very troubling” and the annual speech has “degenerated to a political pep rally.”

All three branches of our federal government present and Obama makes a fool out of himself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Besides his lack of decorum he hasn't done too well keeping his campaign promises. What happened to the transparency we were promised.

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      ehern33 7 years ago

      Great Hub and am in full agreement with you. There is a time and place to disagree and what this President did disgusted me. I have lost (didn't have much to begin with but held out some hope)all respect for this President and don't believe a word that comes out of his mouth, and he was suppose to have class. Where is it?

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      sheila b.,

      Your absolutely correct. Obama takes audacity to a whole new level of depravity. He's also OCD on health care.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Good to have you back in the saddle ridin' hard for the Republic. It's clear Obama is a common lout.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Not agreeing with policies is one thing. Common decency is quite another. Chicago teaches bad lessons in public decorum.

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      Audacity is the name of the game for Obama, it seems.

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Great hub. Sadly, our President puts on a good show, but is really nothing more than a Chicago activist with questionable allegiances. His lack of true class comes shining through, more often than not.

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      Dan Demland 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      So what is new??? It is time to throw out all these idiots!!! Revolution is brewing. The ballot box will tell, wait, it is a comin'.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      It was a totally classless action on the president's part.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Tom, This is a very good hub. I was shocked when the Supreme Court was singled out at the State of the Union speech as I thought this was an inappropriate time to address the issue. I totally agree with your hub.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      The book, "Robert's Rules of Order" is extensively used in the United States for civil disscusion in meeting situations of all types including congress. I had to read and follow it in 8th grade when I was elected president.

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      eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Tom, I agree totally. I never knew much about Robert's rule, but I seem to have heard about it before. Obama and his gang was way out of order.

      I may have to reference this hub on my hub about Obama being a out of line on this.


      Keep on hubbing!

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Lisa HW,

      I believe proper decorum is always appropriate. Thank you for your compliment.

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      Lisa HW 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Maybe people should start using the "Rules of Order" on some Hub comments or the forums. :) In all seriousness, nicely done Hub.