Obama agrees to move address to Congress by a day
August 31st, 2011
09:28 PM ET

Obama agrees to move address to Congress by a day

President Barack Obama has agreed to deliver an economic address to Congress on September 8, rather than September 7 as he originally requested, after House Speaker John Boehner raised concerns about the earlier date, the White House said Wednesday night.

Obama had announced earlier Wednesday that he wanted to address Congress at 8 p.m. on September 7, intending to introduce his highly anticipated job growth plan. But in a letter to Obama, Boehner, R-Ohio, noted that 8 p.m. was less than two hours after the House is scheduled to complete legislative business, and that security sweeps of the chamber usually take more than three hours.

Boehner countered with a suggestion to move the speech to September 8.

Numerous observers have pointed out that September 7 conflicts with a Republican presidential debate to be held at the Reagan Library in California, and September 8 is the day of the opening game of the National Football League's regular season. People from both parties made accusations - on condition of not being named - of high-handed behavior by the other side.

Here is the White House's statement, released Thursday night, announcing Obama's acceptance of an address on September 8:

"Today, the president asked to address the Congress about the need for urgent action on the economic situation facing the American people as soon as Congress returned from recess. Both houses will be back in session after their August recess on Wednesday, September 7, so that was the date that was requested.

"We consulted with the speaker about that date before the letter was released, but he determined Thursday would work better. 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 8 and challenge our nation's leaders to start focusing 100% of their attention on doing whatever they can to help the American people."

A White House official said earlier Wednesday that Boehner's office had been consulted about the September 7 request and raised no objection. But Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said that "no one in the speaker's office - not the speaker, not any staff - signed off on the (September 7) date the White House announced today."

The time of the September 8 address wasn't immediately announced.

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  1. rick

    It's okay Mmmm. Americans have been singing the Obama Blues for three years. We only have one more year left to get rid of this used car/insurance salesman/peddler!

    September 1, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      the song is Hail lee Bert ton Blews

      September 1, 2011 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      composed by repub ensemble in g notes

      September 1, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      at taxpayer's expense!

      September 1, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. Zadoc Paet

    I realize the presidnet has already caved to Boehner, but he should be able to give a speech any day he pleases.

    POLL: Should Obama deliver his speech to congress on the same night as the NFL opener, or on the same night as the GOP debate?
    Vote: http://www.wepolls.com/p/2180227

    September 1, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. s kel

    rick SHUT THE HELL UP tea bagger, ill be glad when this planet is RID of the likes of you all.

    September 1, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. s kel

    you dont have the right to even speak, unamericans like you are a threat to this country.

    September 1, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mmmmm

    over const!tu€nts...are gonna get MAD see RED and gonna want blue...democrat blue!

    September 1, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. rick

    Just because Obama has tea bagged you and the nation, doesn't I have go along with it.

    September 1, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Time for a D.C. tea party at Capitol Hill the American citizens are gonna get Mad see Red and dump you republicans out of there!

      September 1, 2011 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. s kel

    Look you tea bagger, elements of this far right congress has hated this president from day one, day one. No respect, no listening, nothing because of who this president is. Any job bill blocked, help for people on hurricane zone , tried to block,division is the mark of the gop and tea party.

    September 1, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. s kel

    My hope and prayers is for the tea party to be destroyed, totally reguardless of how its done.

    September 1, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. s kel


    September 1, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Obama's drunk uncle

    Yeah! Maybe now my nephew will help me the way he helped his aunt when she got caught living in Boston, illegally, and on welfare. She got to stay. I've already been deported once, but didn't leave, obviousy. So what if his family is living here illegally. We didn't run for president, he did. How'd you pull that one off little Barack? And where are your cousins?

    September 1, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jedd Clampett

    Wee-doggie! Granny we're gonna have us a feud...American people are getting MAD seeing RED and gonna want blue...dem-more-crat BLUE!

    September 1, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. rick

    Mmmm, Financed pork barrel projects, corporation and bank bail outs, self serving agendas (ie carbon credits), extortion style health care, and trillion plus dollar deficits. Republicans? I don't think so. Obama did all this with a democratic controlled congress(house and senate). It will just be more Obama finger pointing after his job joke fails.

    September 1, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm & m's

      Liar liar catch on fire....

      September 1, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Republican antics has decrease S&P ratings, neagatively impact the stock markets, furlough FAA worker without paychecks, devalued the dollar, held the peoples' business and social security checks hostages...the american people are gonna get MAD see RED and gonna GO BLUE...

      September 1, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. vrim

    "Obama agrees to move meeting"
    It's nice having a president who doesn't sweat the small stuff. Besides, Boehner only focused more attention on the speech, so more people will tune in. Before you repubs even get started; NO, holding a routine increase of the debt limit hostage in effort to dismantle the U.S. Government, like the tea party lawmakers tried to do, is NOT small stuff.

    September 1, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dem or Rep in charge...

    ...same old sh/t, different leader. When will people stop thinking that peace is right around the corner after a few more wars are fought, and a new leader gets elected? How many leaders...how many wars before you finally realize that true peace and security is beyond our grasp? What will we do when the last country is invaded and occupied and there are no more wars between nations? Who will employ the worlds soldiers? What will become of the CIA, the MOSSAD? what are they going to do...flip burgers? We need war profits to afford luxuries we could not afford otherwise. What will become of our luxuriant dung if wars end and there's no other nation to dump on? Will we become bored?

    September 1, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dem or Rep in charge...

    ...the avg. American is still deep in debt. We avg. citizens enjoy being overly-critical of how the gov. is deep in debt, never stopping to think that the avg. citizen is deeper in debt percentage wise. Maybe if we didn't consume 27% of the world's resources while only being 4% of the world's population? he he, wonder what we would look like if we only consumed 4%. Toothpicks I reckon.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
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