Political Buzz September 1, 2011: President Obama’s Joint Address to Congress on Jobs Plan Set for September 8 @ 7PM EDT Before NFL Opener


By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.



Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Speech to a Joint Session of Congress: “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 7th, 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 8th and challenge our nation’s leaders to start focusing 100% of their attention on doing whatever they can to help the American people.”

JAMES CARVILLE: And I do think this is a really big debate and I think the White House was, was out of bounds in trying to schedule a speech during a debate. I know- given a choice between watching a debate and speech I would have watched the debate and I’m not even a Republican or close to being a Republican.

President Obama’s Address on Jobs Before a Joint Session of Congress Set for Sept 8 at 7 P.M. EDT: President Barack Obama will address a joint session of Congress at 7 pm Washington time on Sept. 8 to speak on jobs and the economy.

  • Obama will address Congress at 7 pm next Thursday: President Obama will address a joint session of Congress at 7 pm Thursday to lay out his plans to create jobs to help boost the economy. House Speaker John Boehner announced the timing of the speech in an e-mail to reporters. … – WaPo, 9-1-11
  • Plan to Create Jobs Is a Balancing Act for the President: Anticipation of President Obama’s plan for creating jobs while cutting deficits, now heightened by the scheduling controversy over his prime time address to Congress next Thursday, has turned on a question: Will he go big…. – NYT, 9-1-11
  • WH Furious Over Speech Delay: It seemed like a trivial matter: On Wednesday, House Republicans forced the president to delay his speech to a joint session of Congress by one day. Who cares? The White House cares. Very much. … – Fox News, 9-1-11
  • James Carville: White House ‘Out of Bounds’ Over Speech Flap: Yesterday’s Congressional denial of a presidential request to speak before a joint session was unprecedented. And even Democratic talking head James Carville now says the responsibility falls squarely on the White House…. – ABC News, 9-1-11
  • Obama Speech to Congress Set; Carney Calls Spat ‘Not Very Relevant’: The date is set. The scheduling SNAFU that beset Washington for the past two days is over. President Obama will address a joint session of Congress on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 pm, according to an official invitation sent “respectfully” from House Speaker … – ABC News, 9-1-11
  • Obama speech won’t conflict with football: Relax, football fans. President Obama’s jobs speech next Thursday will wrap up long before the NFL season opener begins. The White House and congressional Republicans have agreed on a 7 pm address to a joint session of Congress…. – USA Today, 9-1-11
  • Obama to Address Congress at 7 p.m. Next Thursday: September 01, 2011 President Obama will address a joint session of Congress at 7 pm next Thursday evening, ending the scheduling conflict between the White House and the House Speaker’s office…. – Fox News, 9-1-11
  • Time for Obama address set: The long national nightmare that was speechgate has come to an end. It appears the time has been set for President Obama’s speech to Congress next Thursday…. – CNN, 9-1-11
  • In Flap Over Obama Speech, a Clear Winner: While the political world ponders the ultimate loser in Wednesday’s back-and-forth between the White House and the speaker’s office over when President Obama could deliver his jobs speech, the real winner may be the NBC News/Politico…. – NYT, 9-1-11
  • Newt Gingrich: President Obama’s speech play ‘silly’: A well-known former House Speaker argues President Obama’s joint congressional session request was too cute: “Under the House rules, you have to have a concurrent resolution of the House and Senate. They don’t even come in until 6:00 on Wednesday night … Politico, 9-1-11
  • California Debate Gets New Clout: President Obama’s announcement of his intention to address the nation next Wednesday on jobs immediately drew sparks with House Speaker John Boehner, since it conflicted directly with a long-scheduled GOP presidential debate…. – NBC Los Angeles, 9-1-11
  • Not Prime Time: A day after reluctantly accepting an invitation to speak to a Joint Session of Congress next Thursday, September 8, President Obama agreed to start his jobs and economic growth speech at 7 pm Eastern Time, to avoid any conflict with the opening game of the football season…. – Atlanta Journal Constitution, 9-1-11
  • White House: What President Barack Obama says more important than when: The White House characterized the flap over the timing of the president’s address to Congress next week as a sideshow and not what people care about…. – AP, 9-1-11
  • Squabble Over Timing of Obama’s Jobs Speech Is Embarrassing: The whole episode is so embarrassing, on so many levels. President Obama, who for weeks has been promising a major speech on ways to create jobs, sent what is normally a perfunctory request to Congress, asking to be hosted on the Wednesday after Labor … – U.S. News & World Report, 9-1-11
  • Understanding the Obama-Boehner speech mess: President Obama’s team and House Speaker John Boehner squabbled over the date of Obama’s upcoming address before a joint session of Congress which of course raises the question of how will lawmakers, back from a long summer break next week, get any of the big stuff done on jobs and the deficit.
    Boehner and Obama’s staffers said that they would rather not dwell on the Wednesday miscommunications and want to move on. But it’s instructive to look at what happened. That’s because it shows how hard it is for opponents to work together in the partisan political climate…. – Chicago Sun-Times, 9-1-11
  • GOP vs. Obama: Disrespect or Just Politics? NYT, 9-1-11
  • Oh, Grow Up: Whenever we think Washington couldn’t get more cynical or more craven, it proves us wrong. So we will resist the temptation to say it’s hard to imagine anything more base than the food fight over President Obama’s planned speech to Congress. … – NYT, 9-1-11
  • Obama speech: Why was the timing so complicated?: The Obama speech, on his long-awaited jobs plan, will take place before a joint session of Congress on Thursday, Sept. 8 – before the NFL kickoff, the White House says…. – CS Monitor, 9-1-11
  • Walsh to skip Obama jobs speech: House Republican Joe Walsh of Illinois is thumbing his nose at President Obama’s speech on jobs before a joint session of Congress on Sept. 8 — by skipping it…. – Chicago Tribune, 9-1-11
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