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.Now when is the Press Secretary Carney going to apologize for all of his remarks?
When you think Obama and his Press Secretary cannot sink any lower, they prove me wrong. Obama schedules a speech to the Joint Session of Congress on the night of the Republican debate at the Reagan Library hosted by MSNBC and Politico which is nothing but pure arrogance on the part of Obama.
What do you think the Democrats would have done if President Bush had pulled this stunt when they had a debate including Obama and Hillary. The media would have been in full attack mode against President Bush but now most of the media is silent.
What is the pressing need to address the Joint Session of Congress? Have we been attacked or are we going go on a military offensive? Nothing of the sort -- he wants to score political points for his jobs bill. This is not something you address the Joint Session of Congress but with this narcissist he wants them to sit through his speech so Democrats can stand and applaud and Republicans sit on their hands so he can show it in his campaign videos how he is addressing the jobs problem. Where has he been for years on jobs? Out campaigning with rhetoric?
Then you have the arrogant fool who serves as the Obama Press Secretary, Jay Carney, who said:
Carney also jokingly compared the Republican candidates seeking to unseat the president in next year’s election to the "wildlife channel," prompting laughter from the press corps. He further stressed that the Republican debate was not a consideration in planning the president’s speech.
"I would personally, and I’m sure the President feels the same way, welcome -- if the sponsors so chose, and the candidates so chose to adjust the timing of their debate so that it didn’t conflict, that would be completely fine with us in the spirit of democracy and that," Carney told reporters.Carney is as arrogant as his boss. In my life I have never hear a press secretary act like a complete moron comparing a GOP debate to the Wildlife Channel. What if Ari Fletcher had done that? The media would have gone through the roof demanding he resign immediately or Bush fire him. This is a perfect example of what a lot of us have been saying about the bias from the Obama media. Their laughing at Carney shows their lack of class right along with his.
Then for Carney to dis Nancy Reagan and the Reagan Library shows even less class out of Carney if that is possible. He should be fired for his remarks but instead he laughs at himself like he is something of a genius. Low life scumbag is more appropriate for Carney who doesn't understand the meaning of the words integrity and class. How did he even become press secretary? It sure is not for his wit or intelligence. He is the worst I have ever seen as Carney is not only inept but is mean with his remarks which is something I don't remember in the past. Inept yes, but not someone who is downright mean. You don't talk that way as the press secretary.
Happy to see that Speaker of the House Boehner has asked Obama to move his speech. If I had my way and was Speaker, I would tell the narcissist to send the facts to the House but you are not using the Chamber for your campaign photo op speech. I would rather watch the movie clips on our Cox cable of what is playing on Pay for View then ever watch Obama speak on any subject. Not the least bit interested in the spin and rhetoric that comes out of his mouth. He has been MIA for a long time as President when it comes to jobs preferring to be on the campaign trail for a mile ride in his million dollar bus from the airport to the event and back and then fly on to the next stop on his bus tour. How much did that boondoggle cost the US Taxpayer?
Boehner asks Obama to move speech to Thursday
By Michael O'Brien
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) asked President Obama to address a joint-session of Congress on Thursday, Sept. 8, when it wouldn't conflict with the Republican presidential debate.
Boehner, in a letter responding to Obama's request to address a joint-session of Congress on Wednesday, Sept. 7, said that the House wouldn't have enough time logistically to prepare for a speech that evening.
"As your spokesperson today said, there are considerations about the Congressional calendar that must be made prior to scheduling such an extraordinary event," the Speaker wrote.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
(CNSNews.com) – After the White House scheduled a presidential speech to a joint session of Congress to coincide with a GOP presidential debate, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said he personally, and he believed President Obama, would be glad to see the candidates reschedule.
"But, again, I think that we live in such a world of choices in terms of getting information and watching media, that there will be ample opportunity for Americans to hear and see the President, ample opportunity for Americans to hear and see candidates for office," Carney continued. "And so we’ll just carry forward with our plan."
The Republican presidential candidates’ debate is sponsored by NBC News and Politico scheduled for 8 p.m. eastern daylight time on Sept. 7, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. The debate has been scheduled for several weeks.
The White House announced Wednesday that Obama would deliver a jobs speech to a joint session of Congress on the same time and date.
A reporter asked if the president was depriving the American people of hearing a public debate, which Carney said was not the case.
"As his press secretary and somebody involved in his communications -- putting aside what else, whatever the competing opportunities on television are, whether it’s the wildlife channel or the cooking channel or political -- but I would be -- I wish that I could say --" before he finished the answer, a reporter asked, "Are you comparing Republicans to --"
Carney said, "Maybe the wildlife"
"What I mean is that would it were so that I could be sure simply by having the president of the United States speak at a certain hour that every American who is watching TV would be watching him," Carney said. "I wish that were the case. Certainly, a substantial number of Americans will."
Generally, when the president addresses the nation, it is carried by all major networks and cable news stations.
The scheduled GOP debate was not a factor in scheduling the president’s address to Congress.
"No, of course not," Carney said. "There were a lot of considerations that once you decide you want to do a speech to Congress, and you have to deal with congressional schedules and there are many other factors here. And obviously 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."
One reporter asked, "As you know, it’s at the Reagan facility. Any concern of potentially upsetting Nancy Reagan by stepping on this?"
Carney responded, "I think that the -- the sponsors of the debate control the timing of it; they can make a decision based on how they want to handle this. There are many channels, there are many opportunities for the public to hear the president speak, to watch this debate -- one of many -- and we'll let that sort itself out."
Generally, if presidents want to address a joint session of Congress, the leaders of the House and Senate must invite him.