thedailywhat
thedailywhat:

Democratic Compromise of the Day: In what was billed as an early post-recess showdown between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, an “unprecedented” rejection of the President’s request to address a joint-session of Congress on jobs next Wednesday ultimately led to a statement from the White House accepting Boehner’s revised date.
In a letter to the President, the Speaker raised concerns about security-related “logistical impediments” rather than acknowledging the elephant in the room: The President’s speech was scheduled for the same night and time as Rick Perry’s first GOP debate.
Boehner “respectfully invite[d]” the White House to reschedule the address for the following day — which just so happens to be the day of the first regular season NFL game.
Despite the Obama administration’s claim that it had cleared the date and time with House Republicans before making the official request (an allegation Boehner’s office denies), the White House ultimately decided to give in to the Speaker’s demands and move the speech to Thursday.
“We consulted with the speaker about that date before the letter was released, but he determined Thursday would work better,” the White House said in a statement. “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 8 and challenge our nation’s leaders to start focusing 100% of their attention on doing whatever they can to help the American people.”
[thehill / cnn: 1,2 / tweet: @brianbeutler.]

thedailywhat:

Democratic Compromise of the Day: In what was billed as an early post-recess showdown between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, an “unprecedented” rejection of the President’s request to address a joint-session of Congress on jobs next Wednesday ultimately led to a statement from the White House accepting Boehner’s revised date.

In a letter to the President, the Speaker raised concerns about security-related “logistical impediments” rather than acknowledging the elephant in the room: The President’s speech was scheduled for the same night and time as Rick Perry’s first GOP debate.

Boehner “respectfully invite[d]” the White House to reschedule the address for the following day — which just so happens to be the day of the first regular season NFL game.

Despite the Obama administration’s claim that it had cleared the date and time with House Republicans before making the official request (an allegation Boehner’s office denies), the White House ultimately decided to give in to the Speaker’s demands and move the speech to Thursday.

“We consulted with the speaker about that date before the letter was released, but he determined Thursday would work better,” the White House said in a statement. “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 8 and challenge our nation’s leaders to start focusing 100% of their attention on doing whatever they can to help the American people.”

[thehill / cnn: 1,2 / tweet: @brianbeutler.]

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.

Sincerely,

BARACK OBAMA