Obama agrees to move jobs speech, avoiding scheduling conflict with GOP debate

Agreement broke out along Pennsylvania Ave. this evening as President Barack Obama accepted House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address a joint session of the Congress on Sept. 8, one day later than initially sought by the White House.

“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,” said the announcement from the White House, released at 9.17 p.m.

The letter’s tone reflects the White House’s frequently stated desire for a campaign-trail dispute with the House Republicans. In his recent three-state bus tour, for example, Obama repeatedly said Republicans are putting party before country, and threatened to use public opinion as a tool to force GOP agreement with a series of medium-term economy-boosting programs.

Many Democrats have repeatedly urged Obama to reverse his declining poll numbers by staging a winning fight — preferably over jobs and an economic jump-start — with Boehner and his fellow Republicans.

This aggressive stance was displayed in the surprise letter that Obama sent to Congress this morning. “As I have traveled across our country this summer and spoken with our fellow Americans, I have heard a consistent message: Washington needs to put aside politics and start making decisions based on what is best for our country and not what is best for each of our parties in order to grow the economy and create jobs,” said the letter.

Boehner quickly refused the request, citing Congress’ schedule and security problems, but his polite response also highlighted the jobs crisis. “I agree that creating a better environment for job creation must be our most urgent priority. For months, the House has been implementing an agenda designed to reduce economic uncertainty, remove unnecessary government barriers to private-sector job creation, and help small business, and we welcome the opportunity to hear your latest proposals,” said Boehner’s letter back to Obama.

“I respectfully invite you to address a Joint Session of Congress on Thursday, September 8, 2011 in the House Chamber, at a time that works best for your schedule,” Boehner wrote. (RELATED: Ron Paul threatens to object to Obama’s job speech request)

The White House has accepted the offer, but the details of Obama’s economic speech have yet to be released.

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  • leblancrg

    Howling with laughter here!! – thank you donpiccolo – thank you. Reading your posts everyday is a gift, I have cancelled Comedy Central now that I have found you!…MWAH big kiss!…….Leme splain tu yu – dis is wat wood have been the right play otay! …..Obama gives his speech Tuesday night, say around 7pm, that let’s him stomp on Romney’s televised release of his economic plan. Let the debate go forward on Wed. because the dynamics of the GOP race require that Bachmann and Romney go after Perry hard and vice versa. (Maybe a few slaps at Obama but not too bad.) He would not compete with the opening game of the 2011-2012 NFL season, ergo public is grateful. That, Don Garibaldi would have been a MINOR WIN/ SORT OF WIN. What your beloved Obama did however was, schedule against the debate, LOOK PETTY = lose, reschedule LOOK WEAK = lose, schedule against the opening NFL game = LOOK INEPT = lose, that he and his staff did not have this figured out in the first place, INCOMPETENT, AMATEUR, CHILDISH, CHAOTIC, PETTY (again), WEAK (oh yeah, that again too), ARROGANT. Like the old MasterCard commercial. ” One failed Democratic stimulous package, $787,000,000,000 – watching Obama crumble under his own incompetence, PRICELESS!
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  • bigdave

    I notice how this site edits out some posts. Whatsamatta…afraid of the truth? but then posts some really hateful attacking stuff from the lefties…but then, what else do they have to contribute other than lies and namecalling?

  • Anonymous


    It makes absolutely NO DIFFERENCE when NO-PLAN OBOZO shovels out his latest “protect-my-job” proposal.

    NO-PLAN OBOZO’s jobs proposal (after the VACATIONER-in-CHIEF returns from his latest luxury vacation on the Vineyard) will be nothing more than a joke and a sham. It will have one goal – to be so ridiculously bad, useless and wasteful that the responsible members of Congress will have no choice to reject it. Then NO-PLAN OBOZO will have achieved his REAL goal with this sham proposal – use it to falsely claim that he “would have saved or created millions more jobs if only Congress had accepted his (ridiculous, wasteful, phony) proposal.”  And the d-cRAT socialist stooges in the socialist media will all chime in and agree (naturally).

  • Jagraham

    LAUS DEO,Do you know what it means? One detail that is never mentioned is that in Washington , D.C. There can never be a building of greater height than the Washington Monument. With all the uproar about removing the ten commandments, etc., this is worth a moment or two of your time.  I was not aware of this amazing historical information.On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington , D.C. , are displayed two words:
      Laus Deo.No one can see these words.  In fact, most visitors to the monument are totally unaware they are even there and for that matter, probably couldn’t care less. Once you know Laus Deo’s history , you will want to share this with everyone you know.  These words have been there for many years; they are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument, facing skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles which comprise the District of Columbia, capital of the United States of America.

    Laus Deo!  Two seemingly insignificant, unnoticed words. Out of sight and, one might think, out of mind, but very meaningfully placed at the highest point over what is the most powerful city in the most successful nation in the world.So, what do those two words, in Latin, composed of just four syllables and only seven letters, possibly mean?  Very simply, they say ‘Praise be to God!’Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848, when James Polk was President of the United States , it was not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated and opened to the public. It took twenty-five years to finally cap the memorial with a tribute to the Father of our nation,  Laus Deo ‘Praise be to God!’From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure, visitors may take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with its division into four major segments.  From that vantage point, one can also easily see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles l’Enfant ….. a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape, with the White House to the north.  The Jefferson Memorial is to the south, the Capitol to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.   A cross you ask?  Why a cross?  What about separation of church and state? Yes, a cross; separation of church and state was not, is not, in the Constitution.  So, read on. How interesting and, no doubt, intended to carry a profound meaning for those who bother to notice.  When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th, 1848 deposited within it were many items including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society. Praise be to God!  Such was the discipline, the moral direction, and the spiritual mood given by the founder and first President of our unique democracy ‘One Nation, Under God.’I am awed by George Washington’s prayer for America …. Have you ever read it? Well, now is your unique opportunity, so read on!’ Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation.  Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.’   Laus Deo! 

     It is hoped you will send this to every child you know; to every sister, brother, father, mother or friend.  They will not find offense, because you have given them a lesson in history that they probably never learned in school.  With that, be not ashamed, or afraid, but have pity on those who will never see this because someone failed to send it on.