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. Mmmmm

    CNN censoring dogs

    September 1, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. s kel

    I see a bunch of necks on here that needs to be looking down the barrell of a shotgun, so said uncle Jed.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cicero

    "It is pure bookkeeping. But are the people concerned with budgetry, and the hard fact that one cannot spend what one does not have, without bankruptcy? No! They cry 'Hail ' to their leader for an immediate gain at the expense of the nation."

    September 1, 2011 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. s kel

    An deys all wearen RED.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cicero

    I wasn't speaking of strictly gaining weight, though many have...and by the above mentioned process. (immediate gain, 4% consuming 27%)

    September 1, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. Cicero, modern version

    "The United States of America is NOT what she once was. We are fast approaching the day when the USA will NOT be swayed by the temperate middle-class but by the rich who preside over whining and bottomless bellies...and slaves."

    September 1, 2011 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cicero, lately and here.

    "No ! A government rarely represnts the people ! Love of one's country is often confused in simple minds with love of one's government" (shoe fit? Your wearing it here, and now)

    September 1, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mmmmm

    Composed by republican ensemble

    September 1, 2011 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. s kel

    republican party, damn what soul sellers they have become.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. s kel

    reguardless of how they try to dress it up and defend themselfs,soul sellers to hate, bigotery, and pure pawns of corperations.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. :-)

    The average American is consumed with debt , some how the cost of living has to be brought down to match the pay a common man receives . It's hard for anyone to make it when a fourth of their pay goes to energy , then your taxed before your paid , then taxed every time you purchase .

    September 1, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. rick

    Hmmm, sounds like a blews (blues) song Obama would steal. Oh, I'm sorry, it's too late for that.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Contrary to arrogant beliefs, old people have long memories when you kick their cans and the AARP is gonna get MAD see RED and shove their canes up every republican azzzzzzzzz!

      September 1, 2011 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. Usama Bin Clampett song

    Come and listen to my story 'bout a man now dead, poor little muslim barely kept his only head. Then one day he was shootin' at some Russians in Afghanistan, and blood was being spilled and all accross the land. Well the next thing you know OBL's a wanted man, kin folk denied him so he moved away from there. So he loaded up his troops and his entire family, the next thing you know he became Pakistani. In the hills that is.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. Scaevola

    "When a nation becomes corrupt and prefers the rule of men over the rule of law, it has entered upon destruction, notably it's own. This is history. We have entered the age of despots, as other nations so entered. Man never learns from History of Nations."

    September 1, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. rick

    Is Obama going to give us a (hands on) job bill, or is this going to be just some more of Obama's lip service. I

    September 1, 2011 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      When the obstructionists republicans are removed from the house the peoples' business will no longer be reduced to lip service...rick!

      September 1, 2011 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
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