Sorry, we’re booked on that day

Boehner Asks Obama to Reschedule Jobs Address to Congress

House Speaker John Boehner requested that President Obama hold his jobs address, which Obama wants to deliver next Wednesday, next Thursday instead.

The Speaker’s letter didn’t mention the brewing controversy over the speech clashing with a previously scheduled Republican presidential debate scheduled on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. EST.

That debate is the first of the post-Labor Day political season, and the first one in which Texas Gov. Rick Perry is set to participate, The Hill reported.

“As your spokesperson today said, there are considerations about the Congressional calendar that must be made prior to scheduling such an extraordinary event,” the Speaker wrote.

“With the significant amount of time – typically more than three hours – that is required to allow for a security sweep of the House Chamber before receiving a president, it is my recommendation that your address be held on the following evening, when we can ensure there will be no parliamentary or logistical impediments that might detract from your remarks.

Boehner also noted that the House isn’t scheduled to reconvene until 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

“As such, on behalf of the bipartisan leadership and membership of both the House and Senate, I respectfully invite you to address a Joint Session of Congress on Thursday, September 8, 2011 in the House Chamber, at a time that works best for your schedule,” Boehner said.

Congress is a co-equal branch of government. They don’t have to jump just because Obama says “frog.”

Well played, Agent Orange!


Via Hot Air:

Usually, the WH will work out a date in private with the Speaker & Majority Leader before going public with a request.

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48 Responses to Sorry, we’re booked on that day

  1. Mimi says:

    So Obama just invited himself without consulting with anyone including probably the Secret Service, Capitol police, or a Congressional calender that probably 97 people on his staff keep on their desk. It just flew out his ass. What a dick.

  2. myiq2xu says:


    By the afternoon, as word of Boehner’s request leaked, Obama’s defenders were fuming over Boehner’s cheek in suggesting Sept. 8 — which would conflict with the NFL’s opening night matchup between the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints.


  3. ralphb says:

    OT but damned weird. I know this will not come as a surprise to anyone but there are some sick puppies out there. This url was in a Pathetico comment about Palin in Iowa.

  4. soupcity says:

    WTF is with the joint session, anyway? Is this his way of getting them all in one room so he can talk at them for an hour and act like he’s “working with congress”. Give me a flipping break. Gotta give Boehner credit (that was painful to write) for playing it the way he did.

  5. myiq2xu says:

    Hot Air:

    Update: From Fox’s Ed Henry, I’m curious to see the GOP’s response to this:

    WH official says “Boehner’s office was consulted about the 9/7 date before the letter was released. No objection/concern was raised”

    Update: Here’s that response now:

    Boehner office says White House ignored protocol: “No one in the Speaker’s office…signed off on the date the White House announced today”

    They sent Boehner the letter 15 minutes before they gave it to the press.

    • Mimi says:

      This WH seems to have a problem with protocol. Remember the queen hugging after being told repeatedly not to touch her. I guess they do not have professional courtesy in Chicago. And isn’t that kind of stuff really big in the legal world like courts, and law schools where the Obama’s were educated and worked?

    • DandyTiger says:

      Apparently what Obama did was unprecedented. Presidents have never invited themselves without negotiating ahead of time. Well, he’s historic.

  6. DandyTiger says:

    Greatest comedy show on TV, Al Sharpton’s show on MSMBC was hilarious. He went on how evil and disrespectful the Republicans are being. I’m rolling on the floor laughing. Good medicine.

    • 1539days says:

      Funniest MSNBC moment of the week is when I saw a tease for an Ed Show segment about Rush Limbaugh saying something racist. Ed’s tease “you won’t believe the tape” was apropos because it turned out you couldn’t believe the tape they doctored of Rick Perry.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    So Team WTF has no clue about the Republican debate schedule? Yeah, right.

  8. imustprotest says:
  9. myiq2xu says:

    I know this is hard to believe but – Obama caved.

    He’ll read his speech on Thursday, 9/8

    • DeniseVB says:

      Just got the CNN email:

      The White House agreed to House Speaker John Boehner’s request that President Barack Obama give his scheduled special address to a joint session of Congress on September 8 instead of September 7.

      A political showdown erupted earlier in the day over Obama’s request to deliver the address on the economy on September 7. That was also the night of a GOP presidential debate. The speech will now take place on the opening night of the National Football League season.

      In a letter to Obama, Boehner noted that the White House requested the use of the House chamber for an 8 p.m. address — less than two hours after the House is scheduled to complete legislative business. Security sweeps of the chamber usually take more than three hours, he said.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Hahahaha. What a fucktard.

  10. myiq2xu says:

    Toilet Paper Media:

    Obama wanted to give the speech Sept 7, but GOP wanted to give the speech Sept 8, so Obama compromised and gave the speech Sept 8.

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