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article imageOp-Ed: Boehner tells Obama to move speech to another night

By Lynn Herrmann     Sep 1, 2011 in Politics
Washington - In his latest effort at acquiescing to the Republican party, President Barack Obama on Wednesday bowed to the demand of House Speaker John Boehner, who told the president to move his Joint Session of Congress speech to another night.
Planning to lay out his proposal for creating jobs in the US, Obama had initially scheduled his prime time Congressional speech for next Wednesday, the same night as a televised Republican presidential candidate debate is scheduled in California.
On Twitter, presidential adviser Dan Pfeiffer posted: “POTUS has requested a Joint Session of Congress at 8 PM on 9/7 to lay out his plan to create jobs, grow the economy, and reduce the deficit.”
The president had planned to discuss his job creation proposal, and in a letter to Congressional leaders this week wrote: “It is my intention to lay out a series of bipartisan proposals that the Congress can take immediately to continue to rebuild the American economy,” according to BBC.
However, within hours the president changed his speech date, after Boehner suggested he do so. “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 noted by BBC.
With the president’s approval rating reaching new lows with each poll produced, and with US consumer confidence nosediving to its lowest level since April 2009, he certainly doesn't need anything else detracting from his job performance, and as BBC reports, “the White House has agreed to his [Boehner] recommendation.”
When asked if the initial scheduling of his speech on the same night as the GOP debate was intentional, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said: “No. Of course not. There were a lot of considerations. One debate of many that's on one channel of many was not enough reason not to have the speech at the time that we decided to have it,” according to Yahoo! News.
Even as at least 14 million Americans are looking for work and Obama’s options for reviving a stagnant economy dwindle with each passing day, he continues reaching out to the opposition in a manner defying logic for many.
Ever the politician, in a White House news release on Wednesday, Obama said: “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.”
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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