I'm shocked and amazed at the boundless arrogance of Obama. Here is his letter "respectfully" requesting the opportunity to address a Joint Session of Congress, picking the date and time of the Republican presidential debate for his speech.
August 31, 2011
Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. Leader:)
Our Nation faces unprecedented economic challenges, and millions of hardworking Americans continue to look for jobs. As I have traveled across our country this summer and spoken with our fellow Americans, I have heard a consistent message: Washington needs to put aside politics and start making decisions based on what is best for our country and not what is best for each of our parties in order to grow the economy and create jobs. We must answer this call.
Therefore, I respectfully request the opportunity to address a Joint Session of Congress on September 7, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. 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, and if we are willing to put country before party, I am confident we can do just that. Thank you for your consideration.
It would be one thing if we thought he had anything of the slightest value to say about jobs, but his record on the economy has already demonstrated that he's got nothing. Now that he's had his little Martha's Vineyard vacation he's decided it's time to get down to the important work — campaigning for re-election.
In a bare knuckled partisan insult, he's chosen to pre-empt the long scheduled Republican presidential debate. It's clear from the obnoxious tone of his letter that he plans to propose higher taxes and more Keynesian spending, both of which are unpalatable to Republicans and most Americans, and won't create any lasting jobs. When his plan is rejected, as it will no doubt richly deserve to be, he will accuse Republicans of putting party over country.
2012 can't come soon enough.
Update: Obama reschedules at Boehner's request.
The two-hour debate, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, was supposed to start at 8 p.m. on Sept. 7. In Obama's letter to congressional leaders Wednesday, the president requested to speak before a joint session of Congress at the very same time.
The president needs permission from congressional leaders in order to deliver the address. While House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi welcomed the president, Boehner said in a letter late Wednesday afternoon that he would like the president to pick a different time, and told GOP members during a conference call that he'd invite Obama to speak on Thursday, Sept. 8. He did not mention the debate. Since the House does not come into session until Sept. 7, with votes scheduled that evening, Boehner expressed concern about the time it would take to conduct the security sweep in time for a presidential speech.
Sources familiar with the conference call also said Boehner explained that a joint session is a difficult procedure to pull off in a short time.
"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.
Boehner's spokesman added in a statement that the White House ignored protocol by not first requesting a date from the speaker's office.
"It's unfortunate the White House ignored decades -- if not centuries -- of the protocol of working out a mutually agreeable date and time before making any public announcement," Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said.
A senior House Democratic aide called Boehner's office "childish" for asking the president to reschedule.
Good for Boehner.