Have you ever looked at the American political system and thought, "This is nice, but Washington could use a little more passive-aggressive childishness and petty dueling press releases?" If so, it’s your lucky week!
The latest fight began when President Obama requested a joint session of Congress for his Marxist jobs speech on September 7th, the same night the Republicans hold the fourth in a series of 700 presidential primary debates. The scheduling conflict might sound like a ploy to forestall the Ron Paul Revolution by forcing dozens of Americans to tune into a presidential address rather than watch Rep. Paul explain his plan to bury the Federal Reserve Bank under a mountain of gold, but White House spokesman Jay Carney explained it was a total coincidence, since presidential speeches always compete with other programming, such as "the Wildlife Channel or the Cooking Channel."
So would House Speaker John Boehner accede to the president’s scheduling request? Hell no! How is Congress supposed to listen to a snoozefest about job creation after spending a month on vacation? You have to ease back into the work schedule, man…
Noting that the House will not be in session on Wednesday until 6:30 p.m., Boehner argued there just isn’t enough time to have the president in as a guest at 8 p.m. "With the significant amount of time — typically more than three hours — that is required to allow for a security sweep of the House chamber before receiving a president," wrote Boehner, "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."
Clearly, it would be unreasonable to ask the House to convene at 3:30 p.m., so the president compromised, by doing exactly what Boehner asked him to do…
In a retreat after an hours-long test of wills Wednesday, President Barack Obama agreed to deliver an address on jobs and the economy to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 8, yielding to House Speaker John Boehner, who had balked at Obama's request for a Sept. 7 speech. Obama's address still gives him a grand stage to unveil his economic agenda, but it will compete with the opening game of the National Football League season — a conflict the White House wanted to avoid.
At least there are some consistencies in life: Democrats will always cave, and whenever men are thumping their chests and shoving each other around, a sporting event is involved.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Economy, House of Representatives, John Boehner