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03/31/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama's Supreme Court Rebuke: Rare Among Presidents

WASHINGTON -- It is not unusual for presidents to disagree publicly with Supreme Court decisions. But they tend to do so at news conferences and in written statements, not to the justices' faces.

President George W. Bush, for instance, did not hesitate to criticize a 2008 ruling recognizing the rights of prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba -- but he did it at a news conference in Rome. President Richard M. Nixon said he was disappointed with a 1974 decision ordering him to turn over the tapes that would help end his presidency -- in a statement read by his lawyer.

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