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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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.

I thought this was supposed to be about Barack’s Miracle Jobs Plan, and not about politics?

disa on August 31, 2011 at 10:32 PM

31 months, duh.

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Well, 30ish. It seems like 30 frickin’ years.

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2011 at 10:33 PM

“Some in Congress” better steel up against The Won. Im sure he will be on the attack after this, moreso than usual. His rhetoric of course will be harsher for the “some” than the harshly worded statements he sends to our enemies. Forcefields and shields engaged, GOP pre-emptive strikes on the ready? Lets hope so.

canditaylor68 on August 31, 2011 at 10:33 PM

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.”

Name the individual with whom you “consulted” before you announced.

disa on August 31, 2011 at 10:34 PM

NBC will carry the speech, then get back to the game by halftime…

Karmi on August 31, 2011 at 10:34 PM

People either love the commercials or use them for bathroom breaks, so that won’t work. 0 will have to work his speech into the game commentary.

pedestrian on August 31, 2011 at 10:28 PM

I wish SNL had some real talent & could write that sketch.

batterup on August 31, 2011 at 10:34 PM

PackerBronco on August 31, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Saint Vince is with the Saints and his grandson, this time!

Blood is thicker than cheese.

Christien on August 31, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Gotten lots of Qs about what time POTUS speech would be Thurs. night 9/8; Am told WH/Boehner working on a time that won’t conflict w/NFL

amerpundit on August 31, 2011 at 10:30 PM

He’s going to give his speech at like 4 on the west coast. Heh.

sammypants on August 31, 2011 at 10:34 PM

People either love the commercials or use them for bathroom breaks, so that won’t work. 0 will have to work his speech into the game commentary.

pedestrian on August 31, 2011 at 10:28 PM

I’d prefer they work the political commentary into the play-by-play:

“Rodgers over the middle to Driver for a touchdown!

Boy if that CB doesn’t step up his game, he’ll be looking for a job.

He’s not the only one. Have you seen the latests unemployment numbers?

Yeah, that’s $800 billion spent for nothing, isn’t it?

$800 billion? With that you could almost buy half of the Eagle’s Dream Team!”

PackerBronco on August 31, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Besides you and me, I mean.

Yeah, about that…

(Sorry AP, closeted Green Bay Packers fan living in the Land of Ditka.)

Fallon on August 31, 2011 at 10:35 PM

The president has now planned his big economic speech around a Republican debate and a football game.

I’m actually embarrassed for the guy.

amerpundit on August 31, 2011 at 10:16 PM

+1

You know, I’ve said harsh things about Boehner before, but this time I think he’s earned a few kudos. Thank you, Mister Speaker, for suddenly growing a pair. Savor the moment, and don’t be afraid to use them again.

bofh on August 31, 2011 at 10:35 PM

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

He’s gonna make us eat peas, I know it…

disa on August 31, 2011 at 10:36 PM

“Some in Congress” better steel up against The Won. Im sure he will be on the attack after this, moreso than usual. His rhetoric of course will be harsher for the “some” than the harshly worded statements he sends to our enemies. Forcefields and shields engaged, GOP pre-emptive strikes on the ready? Lets hope so.

canditaylor68 on August 31, 2011 at 10:33 PM

I believe that Jugeared Jesus has went to the well one too many times with the blame game. Everyone I know is sick and tired of hearing excuses, especially lame ones.

Keep on keepin’ on, King Petty. We’re on to you and your distractions and your lying and your thinly disguised bigotry and class warfare balderdash. Sir.

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2011 at 10:37 PM

I wish SNL had some real talent & could write that sketch.

batterup on August 31, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Not a matter of talent, it’s their political ideology. They will not do anything that does not help little Bammie’s reelection.

slickwillie2001 on August 31, 2011 at 10:37 PM

O/T

the bin laden movie apparently will highlight how some intelligence experts had last minute doubts about the raid. however our fearless dear leader gave the go ahead, damn the torpedos!! guess its better than the alt scene of him parachuting in and taking out bin laden et al by himself

chasdal on August 31, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Thank you, Mister Speaker, for suddenly growing a pair. Savor the moment, and don’t be afraid to use them again.

bofh on August 31, 2011 at 10:35 PM

2nd that

cmsinaz on August 31, 2011 at 10:39 PM

GEAUX, SAINTS! (Our QB coach is Joe Lombardi.) Looking forward to an epic season opener against the Pack.

Christien on August 31, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Saints, my favorite team behind the Texans and, also, because rooting for the Saints might get me a ticket Upstairs, assuming it might be a little bureaucratic Up There as well and I could put on my application that I always supported the Saints. So Geaux Saints!

TXUS on August 31, 2011 at 10:39 PM

I think he got outgamed for a change. Booyah!

hawkdriver on August 31, 2011 at 10:39 PM

I’m thinking football wins out.

BKeyser on August 31, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Does this mean King Barry will spend the first 10 minutes of his speech thrashing Boehner?

Knucklehead on August 31, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Oh, he will be compelled to get a few snipes in. His ego was bruised badly, and publicly.

He got a whack on the nose with Boehner’s newspaper.

disa on August 31, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Huffington Post post

Bremu .4 Fans .8 minutes ago (10:31 PM)

*sigh* You let me down again, Barack. I campaigned for you in Virginia. I waited 2 hours in line to vote for you. It sounds corny, but I believed in you. Why do you have to be so weak?

DrStock on August 31, 2011 at 10:40 PM

TXUS on August 31, 2011 at 10:39 PM

The season opener in Dallas between the Ducks and Tigers is going to be awesome, too!

Christien on August 31, 2011 at 10:43 PM

(look at Huntsman putting out plans now)…

ninjapirate on August 31, 2011 at 10:07 PM

LOL, I read that as “look what Huntsman’s pulling out of his pants now”

disa on August 31, 2011 at 10:45 PM

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.

That’s true. Nothing says “F**k you” like having the president tell you that you’re an obstructionist on live TV, in front of all your colleagues. Just ask Cantor and Alito.

ted c on August 31, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Are you ready for some f—— AHHHHHHGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!

Ronnie on August 31, 2011 at 10:48 PM

now he should fire the idiot press secretary for his arrogance today in comparing the GOP candidates to the Wildlife Channel.

PhiKapMom on August 31, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Don’t forget foodie TV.

I would watch any of the 3 before I would watch Obama doing his Il Duce act, barking his teleprompter lines, gettin all folksy so’s you kin feel like you know ‘im.

disa on August 31, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Does this mean King Barry will spend the first 10 minutes of his speech thrashing Boehner?

Knucklehead on August 31, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Oh, he will be compelled to get a few snipes in. His ego was bruised badly, and publicly.

He got a whack on the nose with Boehner’s newspaper.

disa on August 31, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Boehner will be right behind him, and little Bammie can’t really avoid shaking hands with him.

slickwillie2001 on August 31, 2011 at 10:50 PM

… 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 …

Actually, if Obama comes across as lecturing he is will look so puny it will be funny to behold.

The absurdity of a critical national address sometime in the middle of next week is already too stupid for most to even believe.

Meanwhile, I am picking the Packers to cover!

Freddy on August 31, 2011 at 10:52 PM

Boehner will be right behind him, and little Bammie can’t really avoid shaking hands with him.

slickwillie2001 on August 31, 2011 at 10:50 PM

At least we don’t have to look at bobble head Nanzi anymore.

Knucklehead on August 31, 2011 at 10:53 PM

“‘Cleared’ officially downgraded to ‘consulted.’ So someone at WH anonymously passed along inaccurate information to several journos. Nice.”

looks like the only ones that can shoot straight these days are still the US Navy SEALs.

ted c on August 31, 2011 at 10:57 PM

I thought it was interesting that my CNN News Alert said that Obama had sent a letter to Boehner and Reid, requesting to speak before a joint session of Congress. As if the Speaker and the Senate Majority Leader had equal authority to grant his request. Isn’t the VP technically the leader of the Senate? And was Obama trying to spark a squabble that he could then leverage as ‘the adult in the room”?

Priscilla on August 31, 2011 at 10:58 PM

This puts big orange targ dots on the backs of every GOP candidate running against him.

Exactly the same as a Dick Gregory interview, sand bag the Conservative then let the lib hammer them.

Speakup on August 31, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Well, 30ish. It seems like 30 frickin’ years.

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2011 at 10:33 PM

The Dog Days Of Barack Obama. Multiplier of 7, so, like, 18 years. That’s about right.

disa on August 31, 2011 at 11:02 PM

All of this only makes it that much more exciting. Wow – the President is going to give a speech!

My parents bought their first TV in the Eisenhower days. A speech by the President of The United States used to be something special.

I also remember when LBJ announced he wouldn’t be running for re-election.

If you really want to put country above party, Mr. President…

Drained Brain on August 31, 2011 at 11:06 PM

Oh, Boehner my beloved, sometimes your job really sucks, doesn’t it? Love the fed-up-ness just radiating from the picture. Makes politicians’ salaries almost worth it, especially when they have to eat corn dogs instead of lobster. Not that I would know what a corndog is. Sounds disgusting.

Fortunata on August 31, 2011 at 11:09 PM

On the other hand, the GOPers may well have been better off letting Jugears go first. This way, his speech-writers get a chance to rebut some of the (R)’s talking points. (Not that anyone will give a damn after his dismal performance these last 21 months.)

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Rumor is that President Elect Palin will give the rebuttal.

News2Use on August 31, 2011 at 11:15 PM

Obama and his team are sold that Americans are idiots and the LSM will carry their water. They are exactly right when it comes to the indies. Morons. Every single one of them.

csdeven on August 31, 2011 at 11:18 PM

I want to know what the reaction is of all those angry Wisconsin Democrats to Obama bigfooting the Packers’ opening game after their Super Bowl victory?

The U of W granola types probably either don’t care or are happy the president is messing up the focus of the night for all those troglodyte cheeseheads, but the union people can’t be thrilled about this move (which leads to the obvious next question — Will Scott Walker decide the best place to be while Obama’s speaking is Lambeau Field (or if you’re John Kerry, Lambert Field)?

jon1979 on August 31, 2011 at 11:19 PM

I think we already know where Obama stands on jobs. He is against them, unless they are controlling government jobs or ‘green’ boondoggles.

Lon Chaney on August 31, 2011 at 11:21 PM

BOYCOTT

WisCon on August 31, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Boehner played it well. He hit firmly but let Obama save face, just like the anti-bullying guys said you should.

PattyJ on August 31, 2011 at 11:24 PM

Breaking News!-

WH has now moved the president’s jobs speech to the Packers/Saints stadium, it will preempt the pregame show. The president will then fill in for both quarterbacks and one of the referees. Jarrett will be the scorekeeper.

tinkerthinker on August 31, 2011 at 11:25 PM

The new orleans saints.. or PBHO… Like you really think the President’s going to win that debate point with me? Not a chance!!

Geaux New Orleans!

DaSaintFan on August 31, 2011 at 11:27 PM

I hope the jerk is his usual late self and drones on and on delaying the start of the NFL Season. At least the beer companies and Frito-Lay should have a good few months.

lonestar1 on August 31, 2011 at 11:28 PM

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

You can count me out of both of these Allah.

Susanboo on August 31, 2011 at 11:29 PM

tinkerthinker on August 31, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Obama said the only player he needs is a tight end.

lonestar1 on August 31, 2011 at 11:32 PM

Take a gander at this:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/08/obama-jobs-speech-warning-to-congress.html

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of looking into Obama’s nostrils.

disa on August 31, 2011 at 11:36 PM

Especially since now it gives him the chance to react to any GOP talking points from the debate the night before.

Doesn’t matter a hill of beans.

Perry, and the others will rip him a new one the day after his ‘speech’.

And oddly enough, the press will cover it too,

This week is not going to end well for Teh One.

CPT. Charles on August 31, 2011 at 11:49 PM

You can count me out of both of these Allah.

Susanboo on August 31, 2011 at 11:29 PM

Yeah, me too. I’ll be staring at my navel contemplating the meaning of life.

csdeven on September 1, 2011 at 12:06 AM

If this is peace for our time, then who’s Chamberlain and who’s Hitler?

Better yet, who’s Churchill?

Or should I not ask questions like that?

:)

INC on September 1, 2011 at 12:11 AM

disa on August 31, 2011 at 11:36 PM

Wow, he just exudes contempt for everyone.

Within minutes of agreeing with congressional leaders Wednesday night on an address to a joint session next week, President Obama flashed out an email to millions of supporters criticizing the chambers, their members and vowing to pressure them to enact his as yet unspecified job creation ideas.

So, new speech will be the same as the old speech.

Infrastructure, green jobs, new taxes, regulations and handouts to my cronies…

…and its everyone’s fault except mine.

And we all know how well his speeches have done with winning him friends and influencing people!///s

INC on September 1, 2011 at 12:14 AM

Hey guys…

… I found a copy of Obowma’s speech.

Seven Percent Solution on September 1, 2011 at 12:16 AM

Exit question: Er, who’s going to watch this instead of the Packers/Saints game?

Criminals to the left. Criminals to the right.
On either channel.

Ronnie on September 1, 2011 at 12:19 AM

Oops, Thursday won’t work either. Turns out Obama has a non-partisan fundraiser that night.

JeffinOrlando on September 1, 2011 at 12:20 AM

Just saw this at RedState:

DOJ Advises Gibson Guitar to Export Labor to Madagascar

Now, according to CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, agents of the United States government are bluntly informing them that they’d be better off shipping their manufacturing labor overseas.

The CEO said the DOJ wrote it in a pleading.

So maybe Obama will tell us next week why he’s destroying jobs in the U.S.

INC on September 1, 2011 at 12:24 AM

INC on September 1, 2011 at 12:24 AM

Not that surprising, some of the progs have been pushing for the deindustrialization of the USA. It’s just another way to redistribute wealth on a global scale.

slickwillie2001 on September 1, 2011 at 12:32 AM

slickwillie2001 on September 1, 2011 at 12:32 AM

And it feeds the Greens fantasy of turning Amerika into a ‘pastoral wonderland’.

CPT. Charles on September 1, 2011 at 12:46 AM

Ya know, he wouldn’t have to cave so often, if he didn’t make stupid decisions so often….

notropis on September 1, 2011 at 12:50 AM

I think he did this out of jealousy… the GOP candidates have been dominating the political news lately and he wants to remind people that “he won”. Didn’t work out so well for him, though. Such a pity ///

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 1, 2011 at 1:07 AM

I hope Obama’s teleprompter hits a home run.

Not!

Really Right on September 1, 2011 at 1:12 AM

Obamboozled by his own bamboozling attempt.

Schadenfreude on September 1, 2011 at 1:19 AM

Huffington Post post

Bremu .4 Fans .8 minutes ago (10:31 PM)

*sigh* You let me down again, Barack. I campaigned for you in Virginia. I waited 2 hours in line to vote for you. It sounds corny, but I believed in you. Why do you have to be so weak?

DrStock on August 31, 2011 at 10:40 PM

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Gee… From reading that… you’d think that the time slot Barry got backed down from taking is in and of itself a make or break point in time… LDOTUS strikes again.
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RalphyBoy on September 1, 2011 at 1:42 AM

OT – Weiner’s seat not safe for Left.

Schadenfreude on September 1, 2011 at 1:45 AM

HELL NO I won’t be watching his 437th televised speech. If he had anything worthwhile to say, it will be on the internet within a few minutes.

That man only appears on my television screen for as long as it takes me to grab the remote, unless it is clearly a short clip on a news show. He is an empty suit. He has nothing intelligent or meaningful to say. Why would I waste precious minutes of my life listening to the buffoon?

At least football can be entertaining.

Adjoran on September 1, 2011 at 1:47 AM

Ha! A friend suggested if Congress really wants an effective jobs program, they should start by placing Obama under arrest when he shows up Thursday.

I told him to call me if it happens – I’ll be watching the game.

Adjoran on September 1, 2011 at 2:00 AM

Not that surprising, some of the progs have been pushing for the deindustrialization of the USA. It’s just another way to redistribute wealth on a global scale.

slickwillie2001 on September 1, 2011 at 12:32 AM

Shhuuush…your not suppose to mention that part of the plan!

If you can find copies of the late 1990′s political planks of the Communist Party USA political platform you will find that plan exactly. Apparently they were not as aware what telling your secrets on the internet could lead to.

The plan was to use the anti pollution laws to force complanies to first reduce pollution then push for forcing them to clean up pollution that they caused. Who is not for cleaning up pollution? That is what they depended on. The plan, as clearly written was to force the large corporations into bankruptcy and insolventry. They were to be replaced with many smaller local factories they controlled. It was not stated, but union control was probably the intended method. Effectively this would recreate the small factories and local control and city states that existed in the Soviet Union that produced products only for local consumption.

Today the Communist Party USA anti-pollution law planks have been replaced with the more modern version of Green Laws and carbon credits are the tools of choice for destroying large corporations and de-industrializing the nation. Different names, same game and intended results, only now on a larger world scale.

While your looking at the Communist Party USA platform, compare it to Obama’s 2008 campaign platform. The wording is only slightly different. Sort of gives you a road map of where he is wanting to go if you have not already picked that up from what he says and does.

The other major plan was Nationalized Health Care, which has been a goal of the CPUSA and other socialist and communist groups since 1949 when America rejected Nationalize Medicine. Who could deny someone health care that needs it? Same MO, seeking the same results for the people as they seek for the corporations.

As Obama said, “Once he is re-elected, his job is done.”

Socialism has to fail to succeed. Its economic failure is required for the destruction of capitalism and the rise of Communism.

Franklyn on September 1, 2011 at 2:00 AM

They backed off quick because they were caught in a series of lies from the start. First Carney lies that the GOP debate had nothing to do with it and then they lie about Boehner clearing the speech when he did not – the fit was about to hit the shan.

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

I actually won’t be watching this speech, I’m done with this guys speeches. He has said the same thing multiple times now and the chances of him pulling a Clinton and pivoting to the center are slim to none, I’ll just skim through the cliff notes the next day.

Daemonocracy on September 1, 2011 at 2:59 AM

Have you seen the OMG tee shirt email circulating around the Web? Obama Must Go

onlineanalyst on September 1, 2011 at 3:09 AM

Create jobs. Fire Obama.

Ronnie on September 1, 2011 at 3:15 AM

This is scary. PBHO is not going to call a joint session to play small ball. He has some big deal in mind.

So what’s the big deal? I shudder to think. Hopefully it will be a payroll tax holiday, bringing home some troops, cutting some bases and military programs and more phantom cuts 10 years from now.

But I think that it will be much, much worse. Construction of a great pyramid to immortalize him and create jobs perhaps. Or maybe a fast choo choo from Chi-Town to Milwaukee. I can’t wait.

MJBrutus on September 1, 2011 at 6:20 AM

But George Clooney insists that Obama is the “smartest”, “nicest”, and darn it, most “compassionate”. I wonder what this man reads– could it be “Tiger Beat” or “Variety” “Rolling Stone” ,
“L.A./N.Y. Times”, many scripts, menus.

betsyz on September 1, 2011 at 6:23 AM

Hey! I’m pleasantly surprised! This was not really how I expected it to all play out!
It is so refreshing to see a GOP leader stand up to him!

I honestly expected Boehner to cave. I am glad I misjudged him.

What do ya know… no fire was called down from heaven, the ground never shook, no thunder, no lightning…. I guess Obama is just a mere mortal after all.

JellyToast on September 1, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Have you seen the OMG tee shirt email circulating around the Web? Obama Must Go

onlineanalyst on September 1, 2011 at 3:09 AM

I think that might be my favorite one yet!

piglet on September 1, 2011 at 6:36 AM

I guess Obama is just a mere mortal after all.

JellyToast on September 1, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Unlike some, I never believed Obama was Satan. But I do think they get together for nightly snuggle sessions under a blanket.

SKYFOX on September 1, 2011 at 6:43 AM

My take.

kingsjester on September 1, 2011 at 6:52 AM

Dear Mr. George Clooney:

If you think Obama is the most “compassionate” person you’ve ever witnessed, how in God’s green earth can you justify the mega-amount of money he and the misses vomit out, daily, through security issues alone with their whims. Millions buddy, millions. If, “the one” was any way as near as “compassionate” these spent millions would do millions of more good than “photo-ops” whoops, that’s all you know. Forget tent cities, starvation, people on the streets, unemployment, high food/gas prices…Does not exist in the extravaganza, high-walled fences, body-guards (I’m going out there on a limb, but I think they are “holding” way, way against your political beliefs, I know, you’re a star, and it is only to protect you, not some slime excuse). Back to compassion. Where are the Obamas’. Not any where near any African nation, only buying more boob belts, frenzied eating, entertainment, travel.

betsyz on September 1, 2011 at 6:57 AM

We consulted with the Speaker about that date before the letter was released

You lie.

petefrt on September 1, 2011 at 7:05 AM

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.

As usual the left does not understand how our government works. Obama can not invite himself to the Congress…the Congress invites him. There is nothing to actually cave on because he does not have a choice, not really, he never did. That is what makes the whole thing so bizarre on his part. He is just making himself look more ridiculous.

Terrye on September 1, 2011 at 7:06 AM

kingsjester on September 1, 2011 at 6:52 AM

excellent KJ :)

cmsinaz on September 1, 2011 at 7:10 AM

carney is still pushing the we sent the letter out and heard no objections so we sent out our press release argument

cmsinaz on September 1, 2011 at 7:12 AM

laflamablanca57
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70 Fans
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4 minutes ago (7:12 AM)
If this speech wasn’t important enough to postpone his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard it is hardly important enough to move an already scheduled republican debate.

just went to check out the outrage at Huffpo and came across this comment…kudos

cmsinaz on September 1, 2011 at 7:19 AM

They backed off quick because they were caught in a series of lies from the start. First Carney lies that the GOP debate had nothing to do with it and then they lie about Boehner clearing the speech when he did not – the fit was about to hit the shan.

Daemonocracy on September 1, 2011 at 2:59 AM

That’s what I think too. Plus Boehner outmaneuvered them.

In related news: ‘Uncle Omar’ Hits Cop Car, Arrested for drunk driving, Tries to Call White House, Alleges it was Bush’s fault

petefrt on September 1, 2011 at 7:25 AM

Just don’t interrupt the Oregon/LSU game…

right2bright on September 1, 2011 at 7:34 AM

Plus Boehner outmaneuvered them.

petefrt on September 1, 2011 at 7:25 AM

All of the “political experts” who post here and think Boehner is not the man…without threats, accusations, whining, or giving in (like krauthammer wanted), the Republicans won…

right2bright on September 1, 2011 at 7:36 AM

excellent KJ :)

cmsinaz on September 1, 2011 at 7:10 AM

Thank you, ma’am! :)

kingsjester on September 1, 2011 at 7:37 AM

This is scary. PBHO is not going to call a joint session to play small ball. He has some big deal in mind.

So what’s the big deal? I shudder to think. Hopefully it will be a payroll tax holiday, bringing home some troops, cutting some bases and military programs and more phantom cuts 10 years from now.

MJBrutus on September 1, 2011 at 6:20 AM

There’s been talk on some of the financial blogs about a scheme to have the government reduce all the mortgage loans backed by FM/FM to something like a 4% interest rate, and extend the terms to 30 years. Homeowners who have FM/FM-backed loans would get a letter, saying basically sign here and return this form if you want the deal. It won’t cost the homeowners anything, and something like 10 million people get an almost immediate reduction in their monthly mortgage payments.

According to the bloggers, the WH has already floated a trial balloon about this kind of scheme in the NY Times. Apparently, the scheme, as designed, would not require Congressional approval. It would appeal to Barry because it would provide a (temporary) stimulus to the economy. (All he needs is something to get him through next November). And of course, it would excite his base (the Maxine Waters types who want Barry to force banks to pay their mortgages for them).

It is the kind of scheme that Barry could announce as the “bold action” that lefties have been demanding of him. Of course, it’s just another wealth-redistribution scheme, with taxpayers ultimately picking up the tab down the road. But as we know, Barry is just looking for something that will get him re-elected. He couldn’t care less about issues like the nation’s long-term solvency.

AZCoyote on September 1, 2011 at 7:40 AM

right2bright on September 1, 2011 at 7:36 AM

Yep, I thought he would probably back down, but he played it well. Score one for Boehner.

petefrt on September 1, 2011 at 7:41 AM

I do not listen to Barry. It invokes rage. Besides, he’s like FDR in more ways than one. All he does is bloviate nonsense & there are people right there lapping it up. If he fed them dog$hit, they be eager to eat that, too.

Badger40 on September 1, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Go head to head with the 1st NFL game of the season? Go against the Packers vs. Saints? Heckuva job, Barry.

shanimal on September 1, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Obama bows to Boehner

NoFanofLibs on September 1, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Kudos to Boehner, but if I had to choose, I’d rather have seen him cave on this and stand up to Obama vis-a-vis the debt ceiling debate.

fossten on September 1, 2011 at 8:20 AM

I would have thought that Wisconsin is a “must-win” state for Obama. Good luck with that if he pisses off too many Packer fans. Even the lefties here take their football seriously.

Metanis on September 1, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Obama bows to Boehner

NoFanofLibs on September 1, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Good one.

petefrt on September 1, 2011 at 8:43 AM

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