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. Scaevola, on campaign promises

    "It does not even matter that the elected man does not fulfill his promises ! The people do NOT care, DO not remind them...the masses are more comfortable in the climate of malignity than the climate of good, which embarrasses them and discomforts them."

    September 1, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip's telling of the story (then gn)

    He had known terror as a wild and flaring thing that broke and scattered. He had never known the fear of terrorism as he knew it now, as a vast and silent grayness, as a climate like iron. Fear of terrorism gripped his country in the hollow of it's echoing palms; it fills the air with silent and drifting grit. It's shadows fall from the tallest towers and obliterates their outlines. It's hushed voices everywhere...obscuring the faces of the crowds, colors murky, even the moon is dull.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip's telling of the story (then gn)

    (bow) No demands for an encore forthcoming I reckon. gn Mmmm, 'cept for most old people feel safer by republican...too old to know that Orwell's Animal Farm IS being encored...Animal Farm 2: The Pigs Unite! (like two fat corporatocracycans) Read the book "Confessions of an Economic Hitman", a runaway Amazon.com best seller in 2006. Much of it is on Youtube.com now, if you prefer video over reading) gn

    September 1, 2011 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. :-)

    When this country learns to work together as a whole then we might get somewhere ,but that's just wishful thinking .

    September 1, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      cooperation is doable thing...wishing is an impossible thing

      September 1, 2011 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. rick

    So what your saying is, that if Obama gets re-elected he will no longer give the American people his lip service. Instead, Obama will get down to business and bend the American people over. It already FEELS like we've been down that road.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. :-)

    "Mmmmmm" That should be filed under negative words .

    September 1, 2011 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Hi masked man! The truth can be a hard pill to swallow...

      September 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    Good morning skel and mnmmm put you two together and it makes for good entertainment yes sir

    September 1, 2011 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      ...and ah belated good morning tooya too...It's cabby's lunchtime and I'm eating what you northerners call a hoagie sandwhich...

      September 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. physics-lite

    “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.”
    It is unprecedented to reject the date that a president wants to address a joint session of the Congress,"
    That prompted Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck to insist that "no one in the speaker's office - not the speaker, not any staff - signed off on the date the White House announced today."

    Dear Johnnie:
    Sign off on the President Barack Obama Date:
    You and your buddies still have seven days to
    sober up.


    September 1, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ruled by Law?

    ...or rule by men. Which do you prefer. Don't all answer at the same time.

    September 1, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bill Schmalfeldt (@ParkyBill)

    Speaking for those of us who still support the President and want to see him reelected... sir?


    Show some backbone. We are WITH you!


    September 1, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    Obama thinks he plays the only adult -instead he just looks weak-Get some Backbone!!!!

    September 1, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tried

    If the President was a white man, this wouldn't be an issue. No matter what he does or say, he can't win. There's alot of angry people out there hate him because of the color of his skin. Those of you know who I'm talking about.

    September 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. funky bunch

    We have been waiting since he took office for his plan, what's one more day.

    September 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. anappul

    The President can cede the date of this speech. Red Right socialist corporate shills are desparate. They can hear the thunder of losing power long before the election. Our guy is not the type to do a victory dance in the end zone. All that remains for Red Right is juvenile theatics. We have too many important issues to be bogged down in such deplorable behavior.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. @Tried

    "If Obama was a white man this wouldn't be an issue" you say. If you weren't a black man this wouldn't be an issue, I say.

    September 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
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