President Obama ordinarily has no problem inserting himself into legal disputes (even as minor as a Cambridge disorderly conduct arrest) or even launching them, but when it comes to the NLRB’s astonishing and unprecedented effort to dictate where Boeing can build a new plant, he suddenly deems it inappropriate to get involved:
Essentially, the NLRB made a finding that Boeing had not followed the law in making a decision to move a plant. And it’s an independent agency. It’s going before a judge. So I don’t want to get into the details of the case. I don’t know all the facts. That’s going to be up to a judge to decide.
If he wanted to know, he could be briefed on the facts in two minutes. And since when does he care about getting the facts first anyway? This means one thing: he is for the NLRB’s action but doesn’t want to take the political heat.
Moreover, this report seems extremely plausible in light of Obama’s response to this question. The NLRB’s Boeing action isn’t an outlier, but the leading edge of a new agenda.