Peace in our time: Obama to address Congress on jobs the day after GOP debate

posted at 9:55 pm on August 31, 2011 by Allahpundit

Coming soon to a left-wing blog near you: “He caved again.”

And no, I’m not really joking about that. Check out the reactions from liberals Peter Daou and Brian Beutler. So much heart-ache.

Here is a statement from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney:

“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. Both Houses will be back in session after their August recess on Wednesday, September 7th, so that was the date that was requested. We consulted with the Speaker about that date before the letter was released, but he determined Thursday would work better. The President is focused on the urgent need to create jobs and grow our economy, so he welcomes the opportunity to address a Joint Session of Congress on Thursday, September 8th and challenge our nation’s leaders to start focusing 100% of their attention on doing whatever they can to help the American people.”

What was the plan here? I think maybe O was trying to bait Boehner or some other prominent Republican into getting angry so that he could point to it and run through his tired “adult in the room” shtick. That’s what this speech is about, after all — lecturing Congress in front of a national audience about how everything’s their fault, not his, in hopes that voters remember that next November. It almost worked too, sort of. Ron Paul was “weighing his options” on whether to object to the speech request and DeMint vowed that he’d try to block it in the Senate. Boehner played it the right way, I think, offering a logistical excuse instead of a political one to deny O a chance to whine about Republican obstructionism. As for the liberals whining that he “caved,” what was he supposed to do once Boehner said no to Wednesday? Just show up that night and start talking? Granted, he could have given the address from the Oval Office instead, but (a) that would defeat the key purpose of lecturing Congress to their faces and (b) the fact that he was forced to give the speech from a location he didn’t prefer would have only underscored his weakness. He’s better off accepting the offer for Thursday. Especially since now it gives him the chance to react to any GOP talking points from the debate the night before.

Exit question: Er, who’s going to watch this instead of the Packers/Saints game? Besides you and me, I mean.

Update: A good catch by New Yorker correspondent Ryan Lizza. Note in Carney’s statement that they’re now saying they merely “consulted” with Boehner’s office beforehand. Says Lizza, “‘Cleared’ officially downgraded to ‘consulted.’ So someone at WH anonymously passed along inaccurate information to several journos. Nice.”

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LOL…

My very first thought was: “Hmmm.. September 8th… that sounds familiar… I GOT IT! PACKER SEASON!!!!”

Best move evah Mr. Speaker!

Sinner on September 1, 2011 at 8:47 AM

This was a miscalculation. Obamalinsky thought he’d be cute and have the speech on the night of a long prearranged debate. He didn’t cave in to Boehner, his moronic handlers had second thoughts when they realized viewership for the Republicans would be ten to one with his speech. No one watches this Communist ass clown anymore, and that’s without anything good even on the cooking channel. Forget it if Nadia is in the Bitchin’ Kitchen…..

adamsmith on September 1, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Time to fire up the Roku box and watch some Twilight Zone… or some Buster Keaton movies. Maybe some Trigger Talk. Or GBTV. Or netsurf. Play with the cat, perhaps.

Obama is going to give a talk on jobs? He is always pivoting to ‘jobs’ and never lifting his planted foot. You can see the circle around him, now… and he can’t even get a clue that he is IN a rut.

ajacksonian on September 1, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Well, this does beg for the follow up question:
How long until the NFLPA, led by Obama-bot DeeeeMaurice Smith, protests to Roger Goodell about the start time of the Saints/Packers game and demands it be pushed back so that Obama has a captive audience?

smfic on September 1, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Bagged, OblameO our very own Hugo Chavez.

tarpon on September 1, 2011 at 9:36 AM

This Administration can’t find their butt in a locked closet with a flashlight and a full length mirror…

Amazing, the routine level of incompetence they constantly display…

Khun Joe on September 1, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Big A,

Sorry brother, but I’m watching the game and drinking Jameson in a large glass … partly because the sound of Obama’s voice nauseates me, but also because I can count on you to watch his idiotic speech and give me a spot-on analysis at my convenience. For free.

It’s a wonderful time to be alive, my friends.

Jaibones on September 1, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Does this guy have any advisers? Who would have thought this was a good idea and backing down now, really makes him look weak. he was going to restore our reputation in the international community? he cant even do that domestically.

pgrossjr on September 1, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Gee, what if the President gave a major speech to a “joint” session of Congress and the House didn’t show up? Millions of TV watchers will be looking at all those empty chairs in the room…

Boehner just grew a pair here…hope he can keep them when Congress is back in session!

Steve Z on September 1, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Happy September, commentariat! Just 14 short months until the people get a chance to be heard again.

Back to O’Bozo and his gravitas-laden speech before the august joint session of congress: WTF? Does anyone in America think that this dipsh!t needs to speak before both houses of congress to impress the importance of the economy on our elected representatives?

And will anyone in America suddenly believe that this socialist nitwit has somehow learned how the President can affect job creation during his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard?

This is politics and The Eternal Campaign for O’Bozo and nothing more. Spare us your teleprompter drivel, Mr. President. The permanent vacation awaits you.

Jaibones on September 1, 2011 at 10:47 AM

AZCoyote on September 1, 2011 at 7:40 AM

While it would be stupid public policy, I would definitely take advantage. I have a 4.75% 15 yr conventional loan. I’m trying to sell my house and would much rather have lower monthly payments than equity accumulation at this point. It could reduce my loan by about $1k/month.

MJBrutus on September 1, 2011 at 10:49 AM

When will someone in the White House tell O that Americans are tired of his speeches, filled with blame and indecision. The speech will fall flat, unless of course we have a “You Lie” moment.

He had Pelosi and Reid for 2 years and all we got was this lousy healthcare bill, that many small businesses still can’t figure out. The money will stay on the sidelines until businesses know that will not have to deal with Healthcare/IRS agents, union thugs, Dept. of Homeland Security and the most corrupt Justice Dept. we have ever had.

Exit question; If O wants to create jobs, how come he is strong arming a Company that builds and manufactures guitars in the USA. Why does O like Madagascar employment and not American Employment? Did the puppet master Soros buy some Martin Guitar stock? I hope someone keeps this White House honest.

Atlanta Media Guy on September 1, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Update: A good catch by New Yorker correspondent Ryan Lizza. Note in Carney’s statement that they’re now saying they merely “consulted” with Boehner’s office beforehand. Says Lizza, “‘Cleared’ officially downgraded to ‘consulted.’ So someone at WH anonymously passed along inaccurate information to several journos. Nice.”

Who didn’t know they were lying, besides the mindless shills? C’mon. They also said they sent the letter, but never confirmed a response before spouting it to the press. They simply said they got no refusal for it. It was an outright lie from the start, and since they continue to believe they’re sooooooooo much smarter than the rest of us…they would get away with it.

I suspect though, by the reactions from some in the journalistic world of the left, they’re tiring of Obama as well. Otherwise, wouldn’t they be spinning it in his favor?

capejasmine on September 1, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Obama has pivoted to Jobs so many times that they think he is on the Apple basketball team.

J_Crater on September 1, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Obama wants the people to listen to him. It never occured to him that the people want him to listen to them.

seven on September 1, 2011 at 11:31 AM

(blink)

Tim_CA on September 1, 2011 at 11:42 AM

I’ll wait for the book to come out.

kringeesmom on September 1, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Now Obama can steal any and all good ideas from the republican candidates debate and call them his own. Thank You Mr. Speaker.

meci on September 1, 2011 at 12:04 PM

I think it’s just you that’s going to watch, Allah. Mr. H will be watching football, and I have some good books and a lot of DVDs.

RebeccaH on September 1, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Now Obama can steal any and all good ideas from the republican candidates debate and call them his own. Thank You Mr. Speaker.

meci on September 1, 2011 at 12:04 PM

You really think that he is that smart? Don’t think so. Besides, if there are any good ideas that come out of that debate, it won’t fit Obama’s agenda. He wants a bigger government. The GOP wants a smaller government.

Voter from WA State on September 1, 2011 at 12:07 PM

More likely, Obama’s speech will be full of “reasons” why the Republicans’ plans won’t work, and his will. Same old same old.

RebeccaH on September 1, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Now Obama can steal any and all good ideas from the republican candidates debate and call them his own. Thank You Mr. Speaker.

meci on September 1, 2011 at 12:04 PM

He’s never done that.

Silly.

fossten on September 1, 2011 at 12:57 PM

This Administration can’t find their butt in a locked closet with a flashlight and a full length mirror…

Amazing, the routine level of incompetence they constantly display…

Khun Joe on September 1, 2011 at 10:28 AM

My favorite saying is… This Administration couldn’t find their butt with both hands tied behind their backs!

dominigan on September 1, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Obama has pivoted to Jobs so many times that they think he is on the Apple basketball team.

J_Crater on September 1, 2011 at 11:30 AM

ROFL! Good one! +1000

dominigan on September 1, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Regardless of the cheap axe scheduling conflict gimmick (got him a little bit of copy before labor day), it was a political mistake to make this an ‘address to the nation’

Too late for Pobus to retract, because if he backs off the speech he will look like a fool so he has to speechify now

If his speech is contingent on the hurricane damage, he should have given the speech during his vacation

If the speech is contingent on current stagnant job numbers, he still should have given the speech during his vacation

Obviously Pobus is going to reveal a list of new programs he hopes the GOP will refuse to pass. That in itself is not a worthless tactic, but Pobus is going to raise his rusty cavalry sword on camera, and then wait for the slow charge

He is going to stage the GOP as heartless boobs by making himself look like a lazy boob, an image he pretty much clarified this summer

entagor on September 1, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Goddamn, I called this sh*t at 9am. FTW!!

White House working to avoid clash with NFL’s opening game.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d821deea9/article/white-house-working-to-avoid-clash-with-nfls-opening-game?module=HP11_headline_stack

smfic on September 1, 2011 at 2:43 PM

I say there is now a good chance that the Republican debate the previous day will drive little Bammie into another temper tantrum style of address.

He has admitted in ‘his’ crappy books that there is a terrible rage inside him that he works hard to suppress. The clock is ticking and if we can set him off it will be a thing of wonder.

slickwillie2001 on September 1, 2011 at 3:05 PM

The clock is ticking and if we can set him off it will be a thing of wonder.

Maybe the NFL can contact him and tell him that Sept 8th is unacceptable.

If people keep rejecting him until the only spot available is like 3:00 AM on the Home Shopping Network, that ought to do the trick.

justltl on September 1, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Goddamn, I called this sh*t at 9am. FTW!!

White House working to avoid clash with NFL’s opening game.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d821deea9/article/white-house-working-to-avoid-clash-with-nfls-opening-game?module=HP11_headline_stack

smfic on September 1, 2011 at 2:43 PM

HA!! Give him another shovel and let him keep digging… This is priceless.

miConsevative on September 1, 2011 at 4:44 PM

test

Bmore on August 30, 2013 at 2:02 PM

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