"My hope and expectation is that we can put country before party and get something done for the American people," Obama said.
Except that Obama sent a letter today requesting the speech be held next Wednesday, September 7, the same night NBC is hosting a Republican Presidential Debate at the Reagan Library, which was scheduled months in advance.
So much for putting country before party, huh?
John Boehner, the House Speaker, found a pair tonight and said no (USA Today).
Boehner, citing scheduling difficulties, suggested Sept. 8 instead. That is also the first night of the 2011 National Football League schedule.
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"It is my recommendation that your address be held on the following evening, when we can ensure there will be no parliamentary or logistical impediments that might detract from your remarks," Boehner wrote.
The extraordinary impasse prompted finger-pointing between Boehner's staff and the White House, where officials said the Republican leader did not object to the Sept. 7 date.
Not so, said Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck.
"Unfortunately we weren't even asked if that date worked for the House," Buck said, adding that his office was informed shortly before Obama sent a letter to Boehner and Reid.
NBC News and Politico, sponsors of the GOP debate, said they would not postpone the debate.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the timing of the speech had nothing to do with the debate. Buck said the debate was not why Boehner asked Obama to postpone his address.
Carney is full of it. This address by Obama is purely political and is only another 2012 Campaign Speech given in the House Chamber. Obama knew what he was doing when he selected September 7th as the date. When even the Washington ComPost says there's no such thing as coincidences in Presidential politics, you know Carney and the Regime are blowing smoke.
Besides, we've heard this talk before. CNS News found that Obama said he would make a jobs address after his vacation....last year.
Sen. Jim DeMint tells Obama no way as well.
UPDATE: Mark Knoller of CBS says Obama has accepted the September 8th invitation.