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AP: Obama Bows To Boehner, Moves Speech

From a surely irked Associated Press:

Obama bows to Boehner; jobs speech will be Sept. 8

JIM KUHNHENNJIM, Associated Press 
Aug. 31, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has acceded to House Speaker John Boehner’s wishes to deliver an address on jobs and the economy to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 8. The president had requested Sept. 7 for the long-anticipated speech.

You have to wonder if the AP was being intentionally ironic with their headline. But they probably weren’t. They are just oblivious.

In agreeing to Boehner’s schedule, Obama’s address will compete with the opening game of the National Football League season — a conflict the White House wanted to avoid.

Actually, we strongly suspect that upon reflection the White House staff realized it would be better to be beaten in the ratings by the first game of the NFL season than by the GOP debate.

But the change now will allow a planned Sept. 7 Republican presidential debate to proceed without Obama upstaging it.

In a way it is a shame that the Republican debate won’t follow Mr. Obama’ remarks. It would be interesting to watch the candidates make mincemeat of his endlessly recycled proposals.

Obama had asked Congress to convene an extraordinary joint session next Wednesday to hear his much-anticipated proposals to put jobless Americans back to work but Boehner balked and told the president he ought to wait and speak a day later

Usually, presidential requests to address Congress are routinely granted after discussions between the White House and lawmakers.

We suspect this speech is only much-anticipated by the news media. In any case, it is certainly not the kind of speech that normally rates a joint session of Congress. Unless Mr. Obama is going to ask for a declaration of war on unemployment. (He has already got an undeclared war going on the economy.)

But Boehner, in his formal reply, said that the House would not return until the day Obama wanted to speak and that logistical and parliamentary issues might be an obstacle. The House and the Senate each would have had to adopt a resolution to allow a joint session for the president…

To his credit, Republican Senator Jim DeMint had announced that he would oppose such a resolution, which would have been enough to put the kibosh on it. Mr. DeMint rightly observed: "If he has a jobs proposal, put it in writing, give us a cost estimate, and send it over. I want to read the bill, not listen to talking points off a TelePrompTer."

Boehner’s letter did not mention the Republican debate on Wednesday or Thursday night’s opening NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers. But the political gamesmanship was clear

The real political gamesmanship is all on Mr. Obama’s side. Obama simply wants to use Congress as a stage setting and the gathered Congressmen as extras. It’s all optics.

The whole idea is to position Obama as above the fray, and to blame the partisanship in Congress for all of our current economic problems. His handlers wants to portray Obama as the only adult in the room.

Obama will call on everyone else to stop their childish bickering and put country before party, just like he always does. When in fact this is sure to turn out to be one the most partisan speeches of his highly partisan life.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 1st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “AP: Obama Bows To Boehner, Moves Speech”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    This is definitely a first. However, I will be watching football.

    There is no doubt in my mind that Captain Zero will have a snarky, infantile remark to make in his opening comments as regards the schedule change. Something to the effect of “While I was being bi-partisan and attempting to offer solutions to our unemployment problem, the GOP was sending clear indicators that they didn’t want to hear it”.

    However, it’s already established that Mr Repetitive will simply re-hash the tax-and-spend, borrow, “stimulus” and “investment” BS he’s been trumpeting all along. My guess is that if anyone tunes in to his crap at all, they will quickly switch over to something else, or nothing at all.

    As he said months ago, “We’re trying to dig ourselves out of a hole” and therein lies the problem. Basic physics is lost on this boy. Somehow, that scene in “The Good The Bad and The Ugly” where Tuco is digging in the graveyard comes to mind. Clint Eastwood says, mocking Tuco’s own brand of sarcasm, “There’s two kinds of people in the world, those with guns and those who dig—You—–DIG.”

  2. proreason says:

    There’s more here than meets the eye.

    I wonder if Boner didn’t actually say yes and then deny it. If that’s it, he gets a giant attaboy in my book.

    I guess another possiblity is shear incompetance. But the one thing they are good at is campaigning so that doesn’t quite work.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    You mean to tell me that the Pubbies passed up a chance to be on national TV with the majority of candidates THE DAY AFTER an Obama “jobs plan speech” … ???

    They chose instead to go first?

    Giving Obama the prime position for sniping them from behind, after the facT????

    J-H-Christ on a crutch, no wonder we lose nearly every election ….

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