In a clearly political move today, Obama requested to address a Joint Session of Congress on September 7th at 8:00 P.M. to speak about his “jobs plan” at precisely the same time the next Republican Presidential Debate airs on NBC. The White House arrogantly replied when asked about the scheduling conflict, “if the network so chose and the candidates so chose” to reschedule, “that would be completely fine with us.” White House Press Secretary Carney further remarked that the White House could not possibly be aware of all possible interruptions in television programming and denied any allegations that the President purposefully chose this date to interfere with the debate.
In Speaker Boehner’s letter of reply, he reminded Obama that Congress, not the President, controls the Congressional Schedule and extended an invitation to speak on September 8th. Because Congress is scheduled to reconvene at 6:30 P.M. on September 7th, Boehner replied Congress needed more time to prepare for a Joint Session. Boehner also reminded the President “the House has been implementing an agenda designed to reduce economic uncertainty, remove unnecessary government barriers to private-sector job creation, and help small businesses…” However, he welcomed the President’s “latest proposals.”
It is very difficult to believe the White House was unaware of this long-scheduled Republican Presidential Debate, especially as this will be Governor Rick Perry’s first. Obama has not been focused on jobs since taking office in 2009. In fact, Obama promised to come out with a “jobs plan” after last years’ vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. Republicans waited. Democrats waited. America waited. Now, the President picks the day of the next Republican Presidential Debate to talk about jobs in a Joint Session of Congress?
Mr. President, America has been waiting for your “jobs plan” for well over two years. We waited until after you finished your worldwide apology tour. We have waited while you increased the size and power of the federal government. We waited while you paid back your political allies with stimulus money. We waited while you engaged in an unconstitutional war in Libya. We waited while you demonized “big business and “the rich” who actually do create jobs in this country. We waited while you took Air Force One all over the country to raise money for your reelection campaign. We waited while you played golf and took vacations. The least you could do now is wait for the American people to consider another presidential candidate who won’t keep America waiting.