The White House agreed to House Speaker John Boehner’s request that President Barack Obama give his scheduled special address to a joint session of Congress on September 8 instead of September 7.
A political showdown erupted earlier in the day over Obama’s request to deliver the address on the economy on September 7. That was also the night of a GOP presidential debate. The speech will now take place on the opening night of the National Football League season.
In a letter to Obama, Boehner noted that the White House requested the use of the House chamber for an 8 p.m. address — less than two hours after the House is scheduled to complete legislative business. Security sweeps of the chamber usually take more than three hours, he said. (Source CNN)
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.
It’s not exactly clear how long “a long time” Obama was thinking of. But until midterm voters produced a historic House turnover to Republicans last November, Obama’s Democratic Party controlled both houses with substantial majorities and gave him vast spending, reform and healthcare programs.
It was, at least in part, voter reaction to such legislation that produced the divided government in D.C. now.
This evening’s email is likely revealing of the strategy this White House intends to follow for the 2012 presidential election, blaming Congress for what hasn’t happened in the economy and employment sectors.