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    Boehner: Do speech on Thursday

    Boehner: Do speech on Thursday

    As a follow up to my prior post on Obama’s calculated request that he give a speech to a Joint Session of Congress the same evening as a Republican primary debate, and the first day Congress is back in session, John Boehner has not said Yes or No, but requested Obama schedule it for the following day:

    Boehner said that since the House wouldn’t reconvene until 6:30 on Wednesday, and because it takes hours to complete the security sweep necessary for a presidential address, “it is my recommendation that your address be held on the following evening, when we can ensure there will be no parliamentary or logistical impediments that might detract from your remarks.”

    “As such, on behalf of the bipartisan leadership and membership of both the House and Senate, 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 said.

    The Speaker’s letter made no mention of the more obvious conflict: between the president’s speech, and a Republican presidential debate scheduled on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. EST. That debate is the first of the post-Labor Day political season, and the first one in which Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is set to participate.

    Update: Thanks to reader windbag, here’s the link to Boehner’s letter.


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    turfmonster | August 31, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    LOL, Boehner spanked The Lightworker on this one. Keep up the good work, Mr. Speaker!

    tiger66 | August 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I emailed the Speaker as soon as I found out what the White House was trying to pull.

    For a fun read, search for and look at what the press secretary, Jay Carney, said. Such arrogance only a Yale man would have.

    retire05 | August 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Unfortunately, the niwwits that voted for Obama are too clueless to understand what a poltical animal Obama is. They really believed him when he said he was going to change the way things were done in Washington, D.C.

    Instead, what we got was Daley’s Chicago City Hall on steroids.

    Perhaps the networks, that have been on the Obama cheerleading squad for three years will realize that the debates would draw many more viewers than Obama will.

    myiq2xu | August 31, 2011 at 5:33 pm


    By the afternoon, as word of Boehner’s request leaked, Obama’s defenders were fuming over Boehner’s cheek in suggesting Sept. 8 — which would conflict with the NFL’s opening night matchup between the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints.


    What I like most about this letter is that it doesn’t make accusations, it’s just a reasoned request stating why it should be moved. Very classy, and the kind of action that will make Obama look bad.

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