Handling of jobs speech timing blurs White House message
September 1st, 2011
07:11 PM ET
3 years ago

Handling of jobs speech timing blurs White House message

Washington (CNN) - The White House and House Speaker John Boehner's office announced Thursday they reached agreement for President Barack Obama to address a joint session of Congress on September 8, resolving a dispute that temporarily overshadowed the focus of the planned speech - job creation and economic growth.

In simultaneous statements, Boehner's spokesman said Obama had been invited to give his speech at 7 p.m. ET next Thursday and the White House said the invitation was accepted.

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  1. Mikey

    @ John, PA – Cutting the budget short term at this time would likely be disasterous to the economy. That is what Hoover did in 1930 and the result was the Great Depression. Yes, we need to reduce the deficit long term and we will need to make major changes. However, right now we need to put people to work immediately and enhance consumer spending. That, unfortunately, will require government spending. Not a bad idea when you can borrow for 1% or 2%.

    I agree with those who say this speach scheduling debacle was stupid and primarily the President's fault. I don't now what he was thinking. It put the emphasis on this stupid tit for tat conversation. Besides, he should want as many people as possable watch the GOP debate. The best cure for wanting to vote for this wacko GOP field of candidates is listening to all the crazy and stupid things they say.

    September 1, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. New Age Independent

    @Woman In California

    While you are taking notes, you do realize that it was Obama that scheduled his meeting to conflict with the debate, right? I also find your statement to be that of a hypocrite. You've had enough of disrespect, yet you WANT democrats to disrespect a Republican president? Simply shameful!

    September 1, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Leighton Naisbitt

    This is becoming, correction, is ridiculous and only further damages the image and reputation of the Republican Party, and what is perceived to be closely linked, the Tea Party. They present themselves as an obstruction to progressive politics. Isn't there a collective goal here to provide jobs for Americans? Or is this just political posturing ahead of the elections?

    September 1, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Lisa P

    What wrangling? Boehner couldn't get the job done and the President has been kind enough not to dwell on that fact. What matters here is the President's program to encourage job creation, not Boehner's ineptitude in running his branch of Congress.

    September 1, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. Anthony

    Independent thinker,

    You forgot that Hillary failed to pass health care reform when her husband was president. Hillary does not have superior political skills than Obama. Republicans would have been just as uncooperative if Hillary were president. The same people who have a visceral hatred for Obama had a visceral hatred for Hillary. Hillary was one of the most polarizing figures in politics. Republicans were all ready to unleash their venom on Hillary if she had won the Democratic nomination, but Democrats threw them a curve ball and they didn't know how to handle the fresh face with little experience. McCain threw a curve ball of his own by picking Palin, and once voters got to know Palin they were more comfortable with having a fresh face with little experience as president than having Palin a heartbeat from the presidency. Smart people can learn on the job, but you can't fix stupid. Yes, George W. Bush is not known for his intelligence, but Palin is in a different league.

    September 1, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I am basically an Obama supporter but even I have to admit that was a pretty dumb move. And it makes the president look like once again he caved in the GOP demands.

    September 1, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. anthony78

    And I'll say it again... He is still a better choice than ANYONE the Republicans can find to run against him.

    Just because the Republicans are good at making him look bad, doesnt mean they are good at making themselves look any better.

    If every candidate is running on the platform of "Attack Obama", then that offers little solutions to fixing anything, and we still havent heard a single person set them selves apart by presenting ANYTHING of substance.
    So attack Obama all you want, we're all used to it, and by now, theres nothing we having heard.
    We get it, if he blows his knows the wrong way you will complain, whine, and nitpick to no end.

    But... you have a vote. Cast it for who you think is best. I will do the same, and come 2012, we will both have to live with the results. Its called Democracy. The part many of you (apparently sore losers) fail at, is once the election is over, we have to WORK TOGETHER to get solutions done, and not become even further divided because "your guy" wasn't elected.

    September 1, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. BobRoss

    If this speech/plan is so important why doesn't Obama deliver it today? Does he feel like economy can wait for this? Or does he just not feel like delivering it unless he has Congress there to look at him?

    September 1, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. Name king

    You know what I don't really blame the repugs because that is their nature. I blame the American people who keep shouting for jobs, and at the same time weakening the president hand to negotiate or put fire under the repugs by constantly bringing down his approval record. The repugs doesn't want this president to get any sort of credit. These gullible people knows this yet they keep going against their own self interest for jobs, to allow the repugs to gain confidence as they show the repugs that they are not with the president to create jobs. These people are convinced that the bush tax cuts and deregulations which destroyed our economy two years ago and these repugs candidate are pushing will turn out better this time. Gullibility is destroying this country.

    September 1, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Julie

    John from PA, What would you like them to cut? Do you stand ready to pick up the pieces of your relatives lives covered by governement services and cover them yourself? Have any unemployed relatives? You should be sending them money until they can find a job so they don't have to count on the government. Do you have family on Social Security and/or Medicare or Medicaid? Pick up their health bills and get them away from that old dirty governement money. Think we should do away with corportate regulations like we did with the insuance companies and the banking industry? How'd that work out for us? Everyone is big on talking about cutting – but before you get on that bandwagon you better find out exactly what it is that is being cut and the effect it will have on you and your family down the line. From what I have heard there is a lot of talk about cutting the safety net and nobody realizes that we are all affected by the safety net and we will all be even more affected if it is gone.

    September 1, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Bessy

    I'm sorry that he did that. The Republican Party gives the office of the president no respect at all and that has never been seen with any other president. Oh, I forgot. He is 1/2 half black. Yes, that is what the whole thing is all about.

    September 1, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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