Krauthammer: Boehner letter rejecting the timing of Obama speech ‘probably ill-advised’

The White House claims the timing of an announced presidential address to a joint session of Congress — scheduled during a Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif. — was a coincidence. Truthful or not, the White House learned this evening that Speaker of the House John Boehner rejected the president’s request, setting up what is certain to be partisan sniping from both sides of the aisle.

Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer, however, says Boehner made a mistake when he blocked the president’s request. On Wednesday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Krauthammer said he was skeptical of the White House’s claim that the timing was a coincidence. But he also said Boehner and his party could have used the debate to attack Obama on a grander scale.

“[W]hen Jay Carney says ‘I can honestly say that this was a coincidence, that the original scheduling would land on the Republican debate,’ you have to ask yourself: How much are they paying him?” Krauthammer said.

“Look,” he continued, “I think that the Boehner letter was probably ill-advised because if he had just accepted it, the president would just look small for stepping on the debate. Secondly, I think the Republicans could have easily just moved the debate to 9:00, and then had eight people on the stage to gang up on Obama, essentially the biggest response to a presidential speech ever done.”

Krauthammer also addressed the political motivations behind the scheduling conflict: “Everyone knows it’s about Obama gaining a political advantage on the jobs issue, which is his weakest. And everyone knows it was scheduled so that it would trump and overshadow the Republican debate. To claim that the theme is to transcend politics is unbelievable example of chutzpah on part of the president.”

  • Anonymous

    My only response is, I think we already know what the Republicans would say in response to Obummer’s speechification, and the whole world knows that Obummer is just going to base every point he has on straw men. As it will be, Obummer will not have much of a television audience for his Affair with the Teleprompter, so he may get what he deserves–zero audience.

  • Anonymous

    doncicciofitipldi, you are the person that gives the left an opportunity to claim that the Tea Party is racist and other unflattering names. What good could your comment actually bring to the table? What Charles Krauthammer said is his opinion, it in no way supports President Obama and it is a legitimate way to look at the issue. In this case I don’t agree with him, but what harm was there in him expressing this opinion. Please examine your words, change your style of communication and be a “plus” for the Tea Party, not a huge negative. The Tea Party and many other conservatives are passionate about making Obama a one-term President. Please help with that process, not hinder it.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LP2JJRVULA72IP6GOYRMSP5QHE rowley

    Best thing GOP can do is reassure Independent voters they will not cave into WH and Liberal agenda. Boehner letter was a step that direction. As an Independent voter, a strong decisive uncompromising GOP will energize my backing in the 2012 election.

  • M2matarazzo

    Krauthammer is usually right on but I disagree with him on this.  The debate was scheduled months ago, then they lied and said they didn’t know it was scheduled?  Come on people!

  • http://uslibertyjournal.blogspot.com Daezy

    This is a perfect example of inviting yourself over for dinner, not to mention the arrogance of the man whose narcissism knows no bounds.

    For the time being, it’s Boehner’s house, and it’s Obama who needs to ask. Speaker Boehner would not invite himself to the White House. For the time being….. we still have 3 SEPARATE branches of government, and Obama can’t stand the restrictions, fighting them every breath he takes.