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. Woman In California

    That's okay, I'm taking notes. Just wait until the country places another republican in the WH. If the democrats do not yell "you lie" at him, DENY the [R] president a debt ceiling increase and schedule their sessions around his presidential addresses, I will no longer vote democratic. Period. Neither will my family and friends. I have had enough of this disrespect and expect our next [R] president to reap what his pary has sown.

    September 1, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. IIndependent Thinker

    It is time for us who voted for Obama in 2008 instead of Hillary Clinton to admit our mistake. Obama is well spoken and articulate but is fundamentally inept. Can you imagine Hillary Clinton making a mess out of the simple act of scheduling a speech?
    I am concerned that Hillary will be irreparably damaged by her association with the Obama Administration. This fact is especially disturbing for Democrats as they have a very weak bench to choose from if Obama and Clinton are eliminated from contention.

    September 1, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. FM

    Boehner put his party ego first and the nation second. How many people are suffering now because of the economic situation. What is important to have a GOP debate which no one is sure will produce the the right candidate?

    September 1, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. John, PA

    The teleprompter president reading more useless speeches! I’m not expecting Obama to ask Democrats / the liberals in Congress to cut spending and reform government to get the American economy going, that would be the first action Obama takes that would be good for America. I expect this will be just another way for Obama and the tax cheating appointee and Democrats in Congress (Timothy Geithner, Charles Rangel, John Kerry etc...) to get their hands in our pockets.

    September 1, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The mistake was made when Bush was elected. Republicans gave him a blank check to destroy American, and now refuse to work with President Obama to fix it. Republicans know if they can make things worse, Obama will get the blame, and not be reelected. It is a damn shame that republicans care so little about people and care so much for the big corporations who line their pockets.

    September 1, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    It's pretty simple: Obama poked them on purpose and the GOPers proved to everyone that they think their presidential campaign debate taking place 16 months prior to the election is more important than a sitting POTUS's desire to speak to a joint session of Congress regarding the single most pressing issue facing the nation. Then Obama went and behaved like the only adult in the room, again, by scheduling for Thursday in response to the GOP's insipid tantrum, which was of course driven by their myopic and tunnel-visioned desire to win back the WH at all costs next year.

    "It is time for us who voted for Obama in 2008 instead of Hillary Clinton to admit our mistake."

    It is time for the Rovian astroturf fakers who engaged the PUMA thrusters all the way to ludicrous speed in 2008 to recognize that nobody who supports Obama and/or the Dems is going to refuse to vote for Obama because they would rather have Clinton or because of some silly comparison with imaginary differences in the way Clinton would have handled something or because they harbor some insane hope that, despite having clearly and unmistakably stated she's never going to do so again, Clinton will somehow magically run for POTUS in 2012 or 2016.

    September 1, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Liberal Elite = Anyone with an education...

    So the Republicans think their CAMPAIGN debate trumps the actual work congress is supposed to do? That speaks volumes. Just another example of Teapublican obstruction – if the President accepts the change in schedule, they say he caved. If he didn't accept the change, they'd say he was a tyrant.
    It's a shame the GOP has decided the USA is their enemy. I just wish more Americans would reciprocate, instead of believing the lies! Corporations are NOT people! Obama 2012.

    September 1, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. nathaniel lindsey

    Mr Boehner should expect the same treatment that he has dished to America. America is suffering because of the stupid acts of disrespect towards Mr Obama. If we ever have a Republican President he can respect thesame. What goes around comes back.

    September 1, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    @John, PA Why would a republican candidate use a teleprompter when they can write on their hand? After all, when republicans go over their 3 word limit, they confuse the tea baggers. Entire republican speeches can fit on a bumper sticker.

    September 1, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republican Party lack of leaders and smart people but they are making noises.

    Democrats have many smart people but they are silence

    September 1, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Atlanta Independent

    President we need a strong president stop giving the republicans what they want

    September 1, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. gt

    how pathedic.... the guy has been on vacation for a wk ... and doesnt know a debate was scheduled...he is just worried that americans have drawn weary of him...plus there is two football games on the 8 th...and every one will be watching the pre game show and not him...

    September 1, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "I’m not expecting Obama to ask Democrats / the liberals in Congress to cut spending and reform government to get the American economy going"

    Really? Despite him LITERALLY AND REPEATEDLY talking about cutting spending and saying that we need to do so, REPEATEDLY agreeing to it in a number of instances and REPEATEDLY ordering it within the executive branch and administration? Confirmation bias is a helluva drug.

    September 1, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. SecedingfromTexas

    That's your opinion. The pettiness of the tea party, pulling Boehner's strings will not stop me from listening to his
    speech. I do wish he had said "Fine, I'll give it from the Oval Office, and you are not invited". But he didn't, I will
    listen, and the second half of any football games is always the best.

    September 1, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. Cali liberal

    Obama if this man doesnt"man up" .......... All I know is this is 1 progressive vote he does not have. And trust n believe I am one of many.......PRIMARY OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 1, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The President of these United States, Barack Hussein Obama, for reason known only to him chose NOT to pull rank, as he could've done, and opted to address the yahoos at another time. Thereby giving the uncouth, disrespectful, un-American, unpatriotic GOPers yet another opportunity to drop their pants in public.

    September 1, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    AHA - Because Monday is a holiday (and congress only works Tues thru Thur), they won't be back from 6 weeks vacation until Wednesday and they will leave Immediately after the Speech Thursday night for another long week-end.

    Nice hours for $174,000 per year - we should pay them by the hours worked instead of by the year. Save a fortune.

    September 1, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Chas in Iowa

    The message is pretty clear.
    Instead of bowing to Boehner and saying OK we won't have the speech in front of the congress. We'll have it in the oval office. I just wanted to give you the opportunity to appear to care about job creation in this country".

    September 1, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. maf

    The Party of NO is doing exactly what they said they would do, prevent ANYTHING the President does to have an easy road.
    This is pretty inane though. Boehner, what goes around comes around! The lengths the GObP are going to in trying to achieve their goal (making President Obama a one-term president) are starting to wear thin. They are showing Obama and his office absolutely no respect and people are watching! When they stonewall any legislation that comes forth from the President's speech on the 8th, then we will know for sure!! The Republicans are really not worried about unemployment, jobs, foreign policy, middle class, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security. . . they are only worried about their MONEY and their PARTY! Good luck to you all when you become the Party of NOTHING!!!

    September 1, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    John, PA wrote:
    The teleprompter president reading more useless speeches! I’m not expecting Obama to ask Democrats / the liberals in Congress to cut spending and reform government to get the American economy going, that would be the first action Obama takes that would be good for America. I expect this will be just another way for Obama and the tax cheating appointee and Democrats in Congress (Timothy Geithner, Charles Rangel, John Kerry etc...) to get their hands in our pockets.
    -------------
    But, it is okay for the wealthy to have their hands in the pockets of the middle class, seniors, and the poor. Why do you think the economy is broken? High taxes? Don't forget that the economy began the Great Recession in Dec. 2007. Don't forget that the last year of GWB's presidency, which was 2009, had a deficit of $1.4T. A figure that conservatives like to use as a talking point to say Obama added $4.5T to the deficit.

    2009 ($1.5T) <- Bush
    2010 ($1.5T) <- Obama
    2011 ($1.5T) <- GOP House
    ----
    Total ($4.5T) <- 100% Obama

    That's how conservatives calculate their $4.5T deficit numbers. Right? Now you know why liberals will continue to blame GWB, because conservatives blame Obama for Bush's FY2009 deficit. "3 Years of record deficits" comes out of Bachmann's mouth every day.

    Draconian spending cuts will only kill jobs, which will push unemployment figures over %10 by next year this time. Nice jobs plan by the Republicans.

    September 1, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. BobInIrvine

    Obama caves once again.

    September 1, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Obama and the idiots surroundling him are pure amatuers and it shows more and more. This idiots can't even handle the proper scheduling of a major presidential speech (HA!) using the process developed over the last 200 years.

    And just what is the big hurry about this speech anyways? Give it next week for all the good it will do. If it wasn't important enough to give before Obama's Martha's Vineyard vacation then it isn't that important. And honestly, does this buffoon in the Whitehouse think we are all just dying to hear his grandiose jobs plan after being in office for 3 years and not giving a damn about a jobs plan? After his preceding 156,567 speeches, does he really have anything NEW to say???

    Really, enough of the speeches. Just put it in writing and drop it in the mail to us Obama. We've already wasted far too many hours listening to you blather on and on about non-existent plans, sprinkled with healthy doses of demonization and finger pointing.

    September 1, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Malory Archer

    Nice try, IIndependent Thinker. People who actually use their brains to think are well aware you're a fake, just like all those other little PUMAs who started whining in 2008. So, if your chosen (R) candidate doesn't make the cut in the primaries, are you planning to stay home in 2012 like your little lying group suggested to Dems in 2008?

    September 1, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. jay1975

    Let's see, we should hear “I inherited this,”, but you don't really inherit anything that you knowingly ask for. How about “prevented another Great Depression,” yet to be seen as the numbers don't support a full recovery and the reality of inflation hasn't hit yet. Then there is “saved or created,” while unemployment stays high. Can't forget “green jobs,” as the green employers continue to go belly-up as you can't force the market to accept new products before they are ready and affordable (I'm looking at you Chevy Volt). We should hear talk of more spending to “repair our crumbling roads and bridges,” while we are “winning the future,” because “we can’t afford not to invest in” the same old same old.

    September 1, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. desertpunkin

    Few will watch obamma no matter when he speaks. Unemployment has been too high for too long under his watch. obamma can't solve it with his keynesian deck of cards. He can't solve any of our many other problems either. He specializes in creating and sustaining problems.

    September 1, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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