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President Barack Obama jobs plan speech planned for Sept. 8

September 1, 2011


— In a retreat after an hours-long test of wills Wednesday, President Barack Obama agreed to deliver an address on jobs and the economy to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 8, yielding to House Speaker John Boehner, who had balked at Obama’s request for a Sept. 7 speech.

Obama’s address still gives him a grand stage to unveil his economic agenda, but it will compete with the opening game of the National Football League season — a conflict the White House wanted to avoid.

The change now will allow a planned Sept. 7 Republican presidential debate in Simi Valley, Calif., to proceed without Obama upstaging it.

Still, by seeking a rare joint session of Congress as his audience, Obama will get a nationally televised address that puts him face to face with Republican lawmakers who have bitterly opposed his agenda and who have vowed to vote down any new spending he might propose.

“It is our responsibility to find bipartisan solutions to help grow our economy, and if we are willing to put country before party, I am confident we can do just that,” Obama wrote Wednesday in a letter to Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

With new August unemployment numbers ready to be released Friday, Obama is under pressure to lay out his plan. In seeking a joint session of Congress to deliver it, he is turning the effort into a public relations campaign.

The timing dispute created an inauspicious start to the jobs debate and introduced tensions before Congress even returns from its annual summer recess.

It began with the White House releasing the letter at noon Wednesday from Obama to Boehner and Reid requesting they convene a joint session of Congress for his address at 8 p.m. on Sept. 7.

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

In this case, the White House notified Boehner’s office on the same day it released the letter requesting the session.

A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic, said Boehner’s office raised no objections or concerns.

But Boehner, in his formal reply, said the House would not return until the day Obama wanted to speak and that security and parliamentary issues might be an obstacle.

The House and the Senate each would have to adopt a resolution to allow a joint session for the president.

Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said no one in Boehner’s office signed off on the date and accused the White House of ignoring established protocol of arriving at a mutually agreed date before making public announcements.

Boehner’s letter did not mention the Republican debate on Wednesday or Thursday night’s NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers, a game certain to draw a large television audience. Bu the political gamesmanship was clear.

Tweeted GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich: “From one Speaker to another ... nicely done John. “

In a message posted on the Twitter social network, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said: “BarackObama request to give jobs speech the same night as GOP Presidential debate is further proof this WH is all politics all the time.”


uncleandyt 2 years, 7 months ago

But, But Clinton... The hand-me-down nonsense from our commentors above saddens and frustrates me to no end. Carter has been successfully demonized to countless suckers who never heard the man speak. They trust in Rush. Obama has continued and expanded upon much of the Bush-wrongs. Can we please, if we must complain about Obama, focus the harpings on war, and wire-taps, and the fact that he was the head of Halliburton...oh, wait, that was Clinton, and waste, fraud and abuse, and robbery, and bribery, and who- knows-what-needs-fixin'. The sooner you rubes figure out that Obama is on what you imagine to be "your team", the sooner I can begin to think about writing sentences that are easier to understand. good night


rockchalk1977 2 years, 7 months ago

60% Disapprove of President Obama on Job Creation. That’s a record-high disapproval (and record-low approval) for the president on one of the most important issues facing the country.


ibroke 2 years, 7 months ago

come on rockchalk! you dont expect him to do that stuff do you? who do you think he is Ronald Reagan ?? come to your scenses man


ksrush 2 years, 7 months ago

Can't wait to hear this speech. I will know Barney is lying because his lips will be moving. Hope and Change !


rockchalk1977 2 years, 7 months ago

Under the Downgrade-In-Chief Obama, government (intervention) began with a $862 billion failed stimulus package, joined by a failed Cash for Clunkers program, a failed government takeover of the auto industry, a failed bailout of Fannie/Freddie that may hit $1 trillion, a visceral attack on private sector compensation, and a failed government takeover of health care. Now, we have financial regulation reform riddled with unintended consequences. Anti-business cap-and-trade hangs heavily on the horizon as does the prospect of a value added tax. The Obama Administration will eventually propel the nation into a full state of dependency on Washington. A Washington that has failed at almost everything it does.

Change it back in 2012!


rockchalk1977 2 years, 7 months ago

As President Obama slowly morphs into Jimmy Carter with historic low approval ratings, I have the following suggestions for his upcoming campaign speech on jobs.

1) Dump Obamacare. First, it's unconstitutional. Second, many employers are sitting on cash right now because they have no idea what their future healthcare costs will be. Remember, we had to pass the bill to find out what's in it, according to that brilliant philosopher Nancy Pelosi. American business refuses to hire new employees while Kathleen Sebelius consults her ouija board.

2) Repeal Dodd-Frank. The proposed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would have broad powers to impose job-killing regulations. It would also greatly expand the influence of Big Labor and harm the interests of mom-and-pop investors. New Obama regulations are killing business. Get out of our way.

3) De-certify Unions. As the NFL players association found out, there is no point of having a union when you can't bargain. Unions have literally destroyed the middle class in this country with their unrealistic demands for high wages, no cost insurance and pension plans and ridiculous work rules. Factory owners have simply moved thier manufacturing offshore to non-union non-whining plants.

4) Become More Pro-Business. Can anybody remember a US President that has been more anti-business than Obama... I can't. But don't take my word for it, here's what Jack Welch said... "President Barack Obama's administration has an anti-business bias which manifests itself through intimidation, trade, taxes and regulation." Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg stated "the Administration has injected so much uncertainty into the marketplace that it’s difficult to raise capital and start new businesses". GE's Jeffrey Immelt’s remarked that “business did not like President Obama and the president did not like business.” Remember the Gulf oil spill, Obama made a bad situation worse by shutting down thousands of drilling rigs and idling thousands of workers.

5) Lower Corporate Tax Rates. Just stop with the class warfare man! Eric Cantor says Obama was “fueled by efforts to incite class warfare,” arguing that this is illustrated by Obama’s desire to raise taxes on individuals making over $200,000 per year and small businesses earning more than $250,00 a year. Cantor argued that the president was driving a wedge between those making more than $200,000 a year and the rest of America, that though he talks of only millionaires having to pay their “fair share,” the president “insists on higher taxes” because he is ideologically driven to “permanently increase the size of government.”


jmadison 2 years, 7 months ago

Lets hope that President Obama has better plans for stimulus than the $500 million he frittered away on the Solyndra Corporation which filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday. The pricetag was $486,000 per job saved for 18 months.


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