Skip to comments.Carney grants NBC permission to reschedule debate
Posted on 08/31/2011 10:57:02 AM PDT by RightGeek
President Obama plans to lay out his long-awaited jobs speech before a joint session of Congress next Wednesday evening -- which happens to be the same night of a Republican presidential debate.
"I respectfully request the opportunity to address a joint session of Congress on Sept. 7, 2011 at 8 p.m.," Obama wrote in a letter sent Wednesday to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the timing of the speech is not aimed at overshadowing the next Republican debate, which is cosponsored by NBC News and Politico, and is scheduled to air at the same time as the planned presidential address.
"It is coincidental," Carney said. "It is one debate of many [that will air] on one channel of many... [and] there are many other factors here" to consider when scheduling a major address from the president, he added.
Carney gave NBC his permission to reschedule the Republican debate so it doesn't conflict with the president's speech, saying "if the network so chose and the candidates so chose" to reschedule, "that would be completely fine with us."
Boehner and Reid have not yet responded to Obama's letter, according to Carney.
Schedule the address for 9AM EDT. He can convene the congress, he has the right but not the right to set the time.
I hope Boehner refuses.
Mighty white of him
barry the punk
If nbc decides to move the debate another day, the major candidates should just opt out of this debate. It is MSNBC after all. Who cares. There are several others scheduled next month.
Boehner could totally pwn this guy, but I suspect he won’t.
Boehner DC office number:
If a Republican shows up for his pre-written, teleprompter speech, then they are bigger asses than the illegal alien from Kenya.
Transparently petty. BO has the emotional maturity of a two year old.
I’m on hold now. Lot’s of folks are calling Speaker Boehner right now for some reason.
I won’t watch the DumbAss-in-Chief anyway and we all know Boehner will cave.
“It is coincidental,” Carney said.
Ya, and I am young, good looking, rich, and have a full head of hair.
I don’t get it. NBC needs his permission to reschedule a debate? Is that because the lame stream “media” are nothing more than the propaganda arm of the Dems?
There really is no downside to ignoring him. Schedule the speech for the early afternoon if the "jobs plan" is presented at 48 hours beforehand.
The candidates should tell NBC to screw off and get Fox to host it AT THAT SAME TIME!!!!!
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio should tell the marxist punk to pound sand. Like Rush says, tell him any other time or day is appropriate but that evening is taken.
Else Boehner is the f-ing weenie I already believe him to be.
Go ahead John, climb up on that stool and kiss obammys ass some more, fool.
Now we know for sure the Dems are actually running the MSM and not the other eway around?
On hold here too.
God d@mn it, Boehner, if you have any balls at all tell the POS to go pound sand.
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I say go ahead and reschedule the debate. Let him lay out his “new plan” and then candidates can open up on him like chopped meat for proposing his tried and true failed policy initiatives...
Schedule the address for 11AM EDT.
So that RUSH can use his entire show to mock it.
I would agree, but this sets a bad pattern allowing the Democrat President to interfer with the Republican debates. Instead . . let Boehner come back with an alternate time/date. If Barry is so intent on pushing for bipartisan mumbojumbo, let it start with the timing of the stupid speech.
Jay looks like Opie Taylor!
Let me know what his office says if you get your answer before I do!
Why bother with the middlemen? Can the GOP just go ahead and have the DNC host the debate???
I was on hold for 20-30 minutes and then gave up.
I needed to make another call.
Please post here if you get through.
I thought they were, "What does this button do?"
Calling Congress into special session on extraordinary occasions is in the Constitution, but not whenever a president wants a captive audience for a nasty little speech. Just say no.
On hold now too.
I’m on hold and just got message “we are experiencing heavy call volume” I’ll bet!!
It’s going to be a political speech - just say no.
It’s really an outrageous request.
Wow. He said respectfully request which is a means, for talking to subordinates, which the President clearly isn’t to the House. He must really feel insecure. If he really was a strong President, he would say, House, I am taking over the TV hour to make a speech....deal with it. When are we going to have a strong President again. He is the senior guy in government and groveling to the Republicans....WEAK!! He makes me so sick sometimes.
If Boehner says yes, any republican lawmaker that shows up to this speech is an idiot. We all know from Obama’s past addresses exactly what he is going to do. He will lay out his skittles and unicorns agenda, then proceed to insult, demean and bully Republicans for opposing him. Who needs that?
I think Boehner should respond, sorry, this is not a good time for us, we already have other plans, how about Sept 5?
Link to text of Obama’s letter.
The 2012 campaign has started and 0bama wants to do a televised speech that is pure campaign BS and rhetoric. Nothing will be proposed that hasn’t already been suggested before and if it was urgent, he would have done it this week rather than next week. Networks need to offer equal time to the GOP under campaign laws.
I respectfully request the opportunity to address a joint session of Congress
The MOFO should demand it. He is President of the United States and he is practically begging.........SICKENING. Tell the Congress to get their a$$es in their chairs and give the speech. We are in such a bad state right now. Bush wasn’t very forceful either. Hopefully Sarah will be strong as I know she is and demand and not request. The President is the senior guy!!! If my Commanding Officer respectfully requested the crew to come to the hangar for a speech, I would barf. Obama needs to learn that he is the senior guy in government and until he does we are doomed.
got through but after speaking to them , they just said “ Okay, I will pass the message on!” Should have asked what their stance was.......but then maybe he doesn’t know which way the breeze is blowing yet.
Nobody watches nbc anyway, but if they do, they’ll probably catch half an hour of the debate before Obama shows up fashionably late.
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and just went to the Abita Springs Brew pub while playing tourist in N.O.
Sure getting busy around there but glad to see it.
Has Obammy ever been on time . . . 11am would end up being 12pm.
If the debate is delayed for 1 day AFTER the propaganda speech, the candidates can address/comment on Comrade Maobama’s “new” economic plans.
Sounds like a win to me....