Obama To Unveil Jobs Plan to Congress During Presidential Debate — UPDATED


The date and time for President Barack Obama’s much anticipated jobs speech is being set, and it appears that the president has a sense of humor, to say the least.

According to Politico, Obama has sent a letter to congressional leaders asking them to convene a special joint session at 8 p.m. eastern on September 7th.  If that date rings a bell with you, it should — it’s the exact time as the Republican presidential debate being held in South Carolina.  But White House spokesman Jay Carney says that the conflict is “coincidental.”

Carney said that the speech is not intended to overshadow the debate. “No, of course not,” he said. “There were a lot of considerations. Once you want to do a speech to Congress and you have to deal with congressional schedules and there are many other factors here … one debate of many that is on one channel of many was not enough reason not to have this speech at the time that we decided to have it.”

Republicans, meanwhile, are skeptical.  RNC Chair Reince Prebius said the request was “further proof this [White House] is all politics all the time.”

Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid still need to approve the request, but that is generally just a formality.

UPDATE: So much for formality.  Speaker of the House John Boehner has suggested the president change his speech to September 8th instead.  Boehner too says this has nothing to do with the debate, but instead is necessary because Congress will just be returning to session and the logistics of getting a security sweep done in time for a major event is too tight.  And Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul is considering filing a formal objection to the request, in an attempt to block the speech from being held on the 7th.

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photo credit: Chuck Kennedy, White House Photostream


Marg Wood
Marg W.5 years ago

Hear that is!

Marg Wood
Marg W.5 years ago

Hear that is!

Marg Wood
Marg W.5 years ago

Repubs don't listen to Obama's speach? That is why they know so little about the Democrats. They rely on propganda and gossip from the right wing extremists. Perhaps they don't want to here the truth!

Ray C.
Raymond C.5 years ago

Marg, you have got me wrong I am so so sorry, I support the facts, the down to earth facts, and for human rights may with due respect I do read Law housing and European Human Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and for Dictatorship I live in one of the most Democrate Country in the West and further more, I hold Religious believe what so every so all comment is very much out order, do not think.

I am a great believer in the facts which I do feel for youself I you must be living in world of make believe. thank you.

Marg Wood
Marg W.5 years ago

@ Ray C. I guess by your comment that you also support Fascist Dictatorships and right wing religious extremists. The Republican party wants to take away civil rights and freedom of choice!!!

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Diane O.
Diane O.5 years ago

Raymond, thank you for the compliments but I don't deserve that kind of praise. I'm an ordinary American citizen who is deeply concerned about the future of America. Political Derby is a great group on Care 2 with very nice people who are pummeled everyday on Care 2 for their political beliefs. The liberals here on Care 2 believe they can make us go away but they are wrong. We will maintain our poise and dignity while continuing to get our message out about President Obama's failures to insure that he is not re-elected. I'm glad you feel you have learned a lot from us. That's the reason we are here...to present the other side that is seldom posted here.

We certainly enjoy having you as a member of Political Derby, Raymond. I love the Brits!

Elizabeth K.
Elizabeth K.5 years ago

Ray, do you know that is how people in a cult talk?

Remember Jamestown?

Ray C.
Raymond C.5 years ago

Dotti L,

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Ralph R Sutton
Ralph R Sutton5 years ago

I actually think it was a good move on the president’s part to move the date even though the election isn’t for more than a year from now. The more the public gets to see the Tea Party candidates clawing at one another the better. That way by the time the election does get here everyone will know what a bunch of losers the republicans have trying to unseat President Obama.

As for the president’s job package; it really doesn’t make any difference what it is, republicans will oppose it just like they do on everything else he has proposed so I say he should really stick it to them with a bold plan that would work and when the republicans oppose it the democrats and the president should point fingers and tell the public it is the republicans that are refusing to create jobs.

Republicans keep harping on matching cuts for anything that is passed. Well, the first cuts that should be made is their salaries and then their rich man’s health care package; oh and we can’t forget their fat retirement package either.