August 31st, 2011
06:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Republicans face off with Obama on speech date

(CNN) - President Barack Obama announced Wednesday his intention to deliver his jobs plan before a Joint Session of Congress on Sept. 7, but Republican House Speaker John Boehner fired back hours later, arguing for a different date.

CNN's Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin discussed the political back-and-forth over the president's much-anticipated jobs speech.


Filed under: Congress • Jobs • John Boehner • President Obama • Republicans
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Jake

    screw the Republicans! they have screwed the nation in every other way imaginable!

    August 31, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  2. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    the GOP doesn't agree with Obama...he says the sky is blue and Boehner says it's not. This isn't news.

    August 31, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. Howard

    The Republicans scheduled their debate some time ago ... and, everyone knows it, including Obama. So, this is just another slimy underhanded Obama manuever, which once again, is no substitute for good governing ... which Obama has continually failed to deliver.

    August 31, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. dendvua38

    Boy I cannot underswtand why the liberals cannot wait until after a NFL game when the conservatives hasd to wait until the Obamas vacation was over. I will enjoy the NFL game more than Obama's speach or wating for the Obamas family vacation to end. And it will be a lot cheape than the vacation.

    August 31, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. cindy

    President Obama PLEASE tell those disrespectful uncooperative rethugs its time they earned their keep and did what people sent them to do. Compromise shouldn't be on you alone. ARE YOU OR ARE YOU NOT OUR PRESIDENT? It is past time for a halt to them leading you around like their puppet. Make them change their plans as they have NOT done anything important besides throw everything in your way to make you a one term president. People are behind you and more will follow when you take control of this and stand up for yourself. Democrats stand firm and stand up for yourself and what you believe in!!! WE SEE WHO THE ADULT IS-ITS PAST TIME TO SPANK THOSE BEHINDS.

    August 31, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. eanmd

    Really republicans ?!?

    August 31, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. maikl

    Give Obama pink slip.

    August 31, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  8. cape 12

    Obama, do not give. Do not let that phoney dictate to you for one second. Republicans do not have ONE person who can beat you. Tea Party will hopefully be voted out, with the way they treat the American people. Stick it to 'em and show who the boss is. They will fight you on everything because they never dreamed a black man would hold the office. I voted for you and will again; but you need to :Give 'em hell. I am not black!!

    August 31, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. scott

    President Obama Favors Illegal Immigrants Over Unemployed Americans

    This jobs bill is just smoke and mirrors, he could not pass the dream Act, so he is using backdoor tricks. All he is doing is courting the Latino vote. He breaks the law whenever he feels like it, tramples on the constiution. Him and his racist group CBC, they are no different then the black panthers. Thank god for real Americans like the Tea Party. One Nation under god, with equal treatment for all. Something OBama does not beieve in. Do not back down Mr Speaker, put OBama in his place. A free thinking Independent voter.

    Out with Obama
    Perry 2012

    August 31, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Like anyone cares about what these losers have to say!

    August 31, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  11. FactCheck

    The Republican debate? Here's the short version: Perry and Bachman argue over who Jesus loves more while constantly referring to Romney as a flip-flopping d-bag, while Huntsman and Paul sit in the background shaking their heads in shame.

    August 31, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  12. d

    This repub congress is the worst in history!

    August 31, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. Nini

    This President never misses an opportunity to divide this country.

    This president seeks conflict. What kind of a leader is he? He loves empty grand standings. We don't need you to have another ceremonial speech Mr. President. You do speeches every week with 55 teleprompters, what good did it do?

    August 31, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  14. Nvwikiwiki

    So their political agenda is more important the Americans jobs

    August 31, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  15. MikeB

    Boehner has a standing Wednesday night appointment at the tanning salon.l

    August 31, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. Squigman

    How arrogant can the republicans in the house get? If this is your idea of how you and your party should do business, you've got much to learn. There is a silver lining to the republican cloud thats been storming on the American people, and this silver lining has to do with the elections coming in the near future. I hope the people take back their voice in government, and vote every republican out of office. They deserve to be kicked to the curb, and kicked hard.

    August 31, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    The President is being polite by asking. He can order Congress to convene "on extraordinary Occasions", as outlined in Article 2, Section 3 of the US Constitution.

    August 31, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  18. bassman

    Our media took exception when Gov. Palin appeared in New Hampshire the same day as Romney's announcement. Will our media do the same for Pres. Obama?

    August 31, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. TEA PARTY Mike

    No way should Boehner OK Obama's speech on the same date and time as the Republican debate.
    The debate has been scheduled for months, no secret. Obama could do this on the day before or day after the debate.
    This is an in your face childish school yard move. Does he think this will impress independents that he is the grown up in Washington with a move like this? Is this Obama's idea of trying to work with Republicans and build good will? Can't imagine the left's reaction if Bush had ever tried to pull a stunt like this. Not a single name they would be calling Bush could be printed here in this post. I am not going to even try to take Obama seriously from now on when he says he wants to work with or compromise with Republicans. His last ounce of credibility has just been used up.

    August 31, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  20. Nevis

    The electorate is going to get what it deserves if they reelect any of the incumbents. Somehow the public feels the need to rant about either party but nearly all of them couldn't name their own congressional representatives. Yet most of them can name the winners of American Idol, Survivor, Big Brother, ...What's wrong with thisnpicture?

    August 31, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  21. G

    But, of course the GOP presidential candidates does not want to follow President Obama's job speech because they will come across looking like even bigger idiots when asked to give a rebuttal of the president's speech. They will not have had enough time to be coached by their handlers in what talking points to spout off.

    August 31, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  22. Out of Texas

    Rick Perry has atrocious debating skills. Hence, he skipped out on the Texas 2010 gubernatorial debate with his democratic challenger Bill White. Following President Obama's job speech will not give him enough time to memorize his right wing talking points. If asked any questions, it would be a "deer caught in head lights moment" for him.

    August 31, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  23. Joshua from Baton Rouge, LA

    There should be no arguement here. The President of the United States has set a date for a Joint Session of Congress.

    August 31, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  24. willard

    Tea party will keep strong

    August 31, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  25. Suporter of president Obama.

    What is the problem with Boehner? Is he afraid of the presidents speech or does he have something under his sleeve. I do not trust him , I do not like his cat and mouse game and his rude response to the president. It is obvious he does like the president and who is he to tell the president what to do. The Tea Party must have been riding him and his leadership has gone tumbling down because he does not have the back bone to stand his ground, ignore the Tea Party and do what is good for the country. Hoe can he support or be afraid of a Party that calls the president he is a socialist. That is down out right rude.

    August 31, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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