Obama Requests To Address Joint Session Of Congress On Same Night As GOP Debate
There’s no way you can tell me that there isn’t some rather obvious politics involved in the White House’s request to address a Joint Session of Congress on the same day as a GOP Presidential Debate that’s been scheduled for months:
President Barack Obama intends to deliver his much-anticipated speech laying out his jobs agenda and plan to cut the federal deficit on Sept. 7 to a joint session of Congress. Mr. Obama’s timing steps directly on a Republican presidential debate scheduled for that same evening in Simi Valley, Calif.
The president sent a letter to congressional leaders Wednesday requesting time to address a joint session on Sept. 7 at 8 p.m.
“Our Nation faces unprecedented economic challenges, and millions of hardworking Americans continue to look for jobs,” Mr. Obama 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 by strengthening small businesses, helping Americans get back to work, and putting more money in the paychecks of the Middle Class and working Americans, while still reducing our deficit and getting our fiscal house in order.”
“It is our responsibility to find bipartisan solutions to help grow our economy,” Mr. Obama continued, “and if we are willing to put country before party, I am confident we can do just that.”
Let’s be honest here. There’s no reason whatsoever for the President to address Congress to lay out a jobs plan that is likely to be little more than a rehash of ideas we’ve been hearing for the past two years. This is a purely political move designed to cloak the President in the aura of authority, complete with all of the ridiculous pageantry involved in a State Of The Union Address. And the timing is obvious as well. Frankly, there’s a part of me that would love to see the Speaker of the House turn down the President’s request, but that would just enure to the President’s political benefit.
As for the debate, MSNBC is saying that the debate is still on as scheduled, which I guess means that they will not be covering the President’s address. Which is fine with me.