Obama accepts GOP request to push back speech to Congress
August 31st, 2011
10:03 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama accepts GOP request to push back speech to Congress

President Barack Obama on Wednesday agreed to move his scheduled special address to a joint session of Congress back one day - from September 7 to September 8 - after consultations with House Speaker John Boehner, the White House said Wednesday night.

"Today, the President asked to address the Congress about the need for urgent action on the economic situation facing the American people as soon as Congress returned from recess," the White House said in a statement Wednesday night.


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  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    Simple republicans doesn’t care about jobs, summer almost over we will see all the summer jobs go away soon
    Republican’s calculation about 2012 sad

    August 31, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |

    You have to pick a fight over jobs, not let the Tea Party control the message. Mr. President call you enemy by name let they a American people know who is holding up the American Dream. Democrats you wanted the President to fight harder well you got it! Get organize!

    August 31, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Lancelot Link

    Wow ! Boehner is concerned about the president's safety & now he's the bad guy ?....... Why can't Osama simply roll his teleprompter over to the Out House and give a live televised speech from his location this week ?

    August 31, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. sorensen

    Isn't it about time Obama started to behave like the president of the united states.
    It is so terribly humiliating to see him being reduced to a little, unimportant wimp.
    He once said, that he would rather be a one-time great president than a mediocre two-time one.
    I am afraid, if he does not change behavior very soon, he will become a one-time awful president.

    August 31, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. Lancelot Link

    "Of those candidates who are now running for President of the United States, the ONLY candidate who has NOT actively outsourced American jobs overseas, or IGNORED the unemployed, is the man who currently holds the position of President of the United States." -- what a joke, Osama sided with the unions re: creating new jobs for Boeing in S.C.; Boeing's next move will be to move production overseas to keep them competitive with Airbus.

    August 31, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. Hammerer

    Shows how petty obama really is!

    August 31, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. Grand Oil (and Tea) Partiers

    The GOP should be all about JOBS JOBS JOBS; that's what they campaigned on - shows us where it really lies on their list of ahem priorities.

    August 31, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. JiveBomber

    Boehner, you just earned my respect – good job! Obama staeted this latest fracas by announcing HE must speak/campaign on the same date and time as the GOP debates. (And one of them thar debaters is gonna beat ya, buddy)
    . Boehner, hold fast and make that stuttering empty suit in the oval office do what he does best – back down. (Well, he does stammer and stutter exceptionally well when the teleprompter's not plugged in, but he is an A+ back-peddler)

    August 31, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. Grand Oil (and Tea) Partiers

    What are they voting on anyways? Is it a jobs bill? Didn't think so.
    Last time I checked, the President pulls rank on SOTH. Go Obama, do what you want!

    August 31, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    I have missed boner so. What legislative business of the teabaggers, how to take Medicare and empower grandma? How to do away with social securuity, that pesky entitlement? How to keep giving their rich friends aand corporations more power? How to undo three years of everything the President already did? Not enough time to filibuster every bill?
    Does boner have a tanning session? I doubt that many will be watching anything teabaggers do.

    August 31, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. JiveBomber

    Naturally, some will get all huffy and bray that Boehner doesn't care about jobs or he'd do what empty suited Barack commands. Question: Do all such emergencies wait until Obama comes back from vacation? Help me on that one. Unemployment has been killing us for the past three years but only now Obama notices? Heckuva job you're doing there Obama!

    August 31, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. Kevin Gough

    This Obama stunt is the last straw. First, he never has anything to say. How many garbage speeches has he already interrupted the nation to utter? There is no emergency. What, Obama just discovered that we have a shortage of jobs in the USA? Second, his press conference is deliberately timed to interfere with the GOP debate. IF CNN pre-empts the GOP debate for Obama then I will stop watching CNN. Same for FOX and the networks. Not only will I stop watching, but I will ask my local cable provider to remove your channel from my service. Just say no to Obama. He has abused his office long enough.

    August 31, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    US Constitution, Article 2, Section 3:
    He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper;

    Gee, sounds to me like the President can convene either or both Houses whenever he feels the occacion is extraordinary enough.

    August 31, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |

    And the liberals, naturally enough, will try to use this to paint Republicans as "evil" and "cowardly" and any other pejorative, over-used and meaningless insult they can find.

    Why can't you morons realize that perhaps - just perhaps - there is an actual, legitimate question of security, and that the House will not have enough time to finish the day's business and get everything ready for Obama?

    But please. Keep vilifying Republicans for everything they do. It makes you look like the children you are.

    August 31, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Elaine wrote:
    i think that if the president is going to give his speech on the same night as the Republican debate, that it should be after the debate because he will through his speech possibly be able to rebut some of the accusations levied against him. by the Republicans at the debate
    You've got it completely backwards.

    The President would never try to debunk what was said during a Republican debate. That would be stupid beyond belief because it would lend credibility to their lies. If anything, the debaters would want to go AFTER the President, not before, so that THEY can debunk the Presidient's speech.

    August 31, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |

    This so sad for the republican party to act this way! The republican party is acting like the child that's screaming in the grocery store at his parent for a piece of candy! and WE THE PEOPLE need to be the parent in give them a spank down. any person that's unemployed are who ready to get this country moving or to look at what Bohnner disrespect are to swing there head's in say what the hack this clown just said. Republican turn Independent in thinking of becoming a blue Democrat (My Family Comes First not IDOLOGY) Mr. President if you have to address the Congress without these fools go head I'm willing to listen.

    August 31, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. Are you kidding me??

    What happened to their JOBS!! tirade The POTUS has every right to call this meeting and is doing what they asked. The lack of respect is sickening. 2012 can't come soon enough for the PEOPLE to get rid of these disguising morons

    August 31, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  18. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    @ New Age Indepedent....

    The PRESIDENT is acting like a spoiled brat??? Ok you may not like the president but WHO is the boss here? I don't think I could go in and tell my boss to change his plans because I have something I would rather do first. I recall President Bush once saying that he was the "Decider" and the GOP ran with that. I have to agree with an earlier poster here that I have NEVER seen a president so disrespected by the other party in my life than Oabma.

    August 31, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  19. The Other Dale

    Ah the spinless Republicans, once again afraid to actually do anything progressive. Talk about jobs while they're all there? Nah, it might hurt our little feelings when we have our debate. Let's wait for another day because who cares about jobs anyway? The Republicans really are pretty worthless these days.

    August 31, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. Karl

    I think Bonehead should pack up his tea bags in his breifcase and go home.

    August 31, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. scott

    Its time that Obama realize he is not God Almighty. He is just community Organizer, time for him to go home and let the big boys play. What a sad excuse for a President.

    August 31, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
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