Boehner invites Obama for State of the Union on February 12
January 11th, 2013
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Boehner invites Obama for State of the Union on February 12

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner sent a letter Friday to President Barack Obama formally inviting him to deliver the first State of the Union address of his second term on February 12.

In the letter, Boehner wrote "Our nation continues to face immense challenges, and the American people expect us to work together in the new year to find meaningful solutions."

"This will require a willingness to seek common ground as well as presidential leadership," Boehner continued. "For that reason, the Congress and the Nation would welcome an opportunity to hear your plan and specific solutions for addressing America's great challenges."

Last year Obama delivered his State of the Union address on January 24. Topics for this year's address could include ongoing battles with Congress over the federal debt, tighter gun control laws, and a revamp of the nation's immigration laws, which Obama has vowed to tackle during his second term in the White House.

Boehner's proposed date, February 12, also happens to be Lincoln's birthday.


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. i'malib

    Really excited today as the payroll tax goes up for all you workers. This means more money for me! I don't work, haven't worked full time since 1998 (thanks to Bush) and don't plan on looking for work. So enjoy your new paycheck! With that said, Doogie Howser is on. The rest of you, get back to work.

    January 11, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Anonymous

    The state of the union address will be once again filled with unmeaning rhetoric. Just like the Oath of office, to protect and up hold the Constitution, which the President and many on Hill do not believe in or want to change. Obama's ideology comes first and the promises made during the campaign mean nothing the first time around and mean nothing this time around.

    January 11, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Can Boehner actually be someone that can rally the House Republicans to get any deal he might work out with the president passed? I hope that he can motivate the "troops" as it were to get balanced agreements.

    January 11, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. Larry in Houston

    Hate to be a bearer of bad tidings – but these next 4 yrs is going to be very s-l-o-w going for obama, although I hate to see it that way – but it's going to be a Lame Duck scenario, for every month that goes by. but it will be more so – the last yr.

    January 11, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. jpmichigan

    The State of the Union address is just word, with out real meaning. They sound good and the people clap but no real substance or will it happen. Just like the Oath of Office, vowing m to protect and up hold the Constitution, knowing well the President and others on the Hill do not want or believe in the Constitution. This administration and Senate can't even pass a budget as required by LAW. The House has passed several budgets that Mr. Reid won't even acknowledge, our government from the TOP down is going down the commode.

    January 11, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. Robert Jay

    The State of the Union presentation by the President would have great value if there were nonpartisan open minded Republicans in our congress! When partisan politics comesbefore people and our country I am sure nothing good will happen until Republicans in genarl are minimized.

    January 11, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    .......to find meaning full solutions such as PASSAGE OF GUN-CONTROL LAW, voter reform., implementation of Healthcare laws, strict immigration laws, filibuster reforms etc and push of GREEN ENERGY, MANFACTURE IN USA ETC

    January 11, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Tony

    i'malib, there are no libs allowed in the Republican Party. Your party doesn't work, hasn't worked full time since it took over the House in 2011, and won't get back into the White House any time soon. People in your party still have not figured out that Romney was the one who got 47% of votes.

    January 11, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. MeapersoninUS

    "This will require a willingness to seek common ground as well as presidential leadership," Boehner continued. "For that reason, the Congress and the Nation would welcome an opportunity to hear your plan and specific solutions for addressing America's great challenges." RIGHT..........................Boehner is such a FAKE, please!

    January 11, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Donna

    Seriously? Do we need to hear the same old lies and BS one more time? The country is a wreck and getting worse. Obama has fundamentally transformed the USA into a a bankrupt Banana Republic.

    January 11, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    "For that reason, the Congress and the Nation would welcome an opportunity to hear your plan and specific solutions for addressing America's great challenges."
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    Question Mr. Boehner: WHERE ARE THE JOBS??? Isn't that what you lying terds ran on in 2010?

    January 11, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    Let's hope some uncivil Tea Bagger or Birther doesn't interrupt President Obama's speech. Speaker Boehner has trouble keeping members of his caucus under control.

    January 11, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Woman In California

    "This will require a willingness to seek common ground as well as presidential leadership,"

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    This statement speaks volumes of sarcasm and racist undertone. It sounds as if he is questioning IF this president is qualified. The American people voted that he IS and unless you ARE the president or you HAVE BEEN a president in the past, then you're only speaking ignorance as no one knows what presidential leadership is without actually having been one.

    January 11, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Kind of hard to work for solutions when Boehner refuses to talk face-to-face with the President.

    January 11, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. much thunder.little rain

    sure wish it was the american people first...then party....but each side has sold out to extreme interest and big money...

    January 11, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. AL

    "For that reason, the Congress and the Nation would welcome an opportunity to hear your plan and specific solutions for addressing America's great challenges." As long as it includes tax breaks for the rich and taking benefits away from those who need them. Real Americans pay their share.

    January 11, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. California Gary

    Boehner, of all people, talking about the need to work together for the benefit of the American people.......that's a good one!

    January 11, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. JBlooze

    I'malib.. so clever.. did you make that name up on your own or did Fox'n'Friends help you? Once again the tired refrain so easily proven wrong that conservatives work and liberals don't. Please save your stupidity for your stupid friends and whine to them about how you want to take your country back. It's all BS and we've heard it all before. You guys "had" the country and you bankrupted it morally and financially with negligent tax cuts and two wars off the books. You can't have it back. You do not deserve it back. you shouldn't be allowed to run a lemonade stand. I hope your reps in congress will get out of the way and let the work of running a country and providing for people's ability to pursue life liberty and happiness to restart. You stand for nothing good.

    January 11, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. rs

    Nice of Boehner to "invite" the President to present his state of the union address. I doubt the GOP will even be able to be civil.

    January 11, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |