Obama Caves Again #285714

Obama scheduled a major policy speech to Congress on jobs for Sept. 7. That happens to be the same date as one of the three Republican presidential candidate debates.

John Boehner objected. Obama promptly conceded the date, and rescheduled his major speech to Congress for Sept. 8.

At first, I thought Obama was just a coward, and that may still be true. But his real motivation in sacrificing urgent national policy to Republican presidential politics is much simpler…


Is there any part of that statement you don’t understand?

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  • MandT  On Thursday September 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Yep, Steve. People are starting to figure out that both parties are owned by corporations. The political theater just mocks the institutions of democracy we have lost. When the president of the United States kisses the ass of a nobody dweeb like Boehner ya got to figure it’s just part of the show.

  • upyernoz  On Thursday September 1, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    i don’t understand why people are so excited about the ridiculous speechdategate, or whatever you want to call it. i’m only bothered when obama caves in on substantive matters, like extending the tax cuts or making draconian cuts to programs. i really could care less whether he gives his jobs speech on september 7th or 8th. the real issue is what he will say in the speech, and then what he does afterwards. given his history, i don’t have particularly high hopes. but it matters to me a whole lot more than a DC-media created pissing match over scheduling.

  • MandT  On Thursday September 1, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I’m expecting accommodating mini policy in general platitudes and a few doses of reasonableness. Oh, and an up tick in jobs outsourced.

  • Bryan  On Thursday September 1, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Apparently the whole thing was a White House screw-up, because the debate was scheduled quite a while ago, and no one bothered to check the calendar.

    He is still stuck with the first NFL game so almost no one is going to watch anyway.

    This is just silly, and an expensive waste of time. Joint sessions are a ceremonial one-act play, and serve no real purpose. The State of the Union was a written report sent to Congress until Wilson got it into his head to give a speech, because that’s how it was done at the University.

    Obama isn’t going to announce anything worth reviewing because what needs to be done requires spending money, and the Republicans are not going to go along with anything that might improve the economy.

    Obama and his entire White House staff are a bunch of incompetents who only look good because the Republicans in Congress are even worse.

  • Steve  On Thursday September 1, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I wrote four (4) posts today. Three (3) were substantive; one was a dog. Guess which one drew literally all the comments, and negative comments at that.

    If you want a real journalist, I can recommend several who blog. If you stick with me, I will occasionally write fucked-up drivel. Such is life.

  • MandT  On Thursday September 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    You too? 🙂

    • Steve  On Friday September 2, 2011 at 9:42 am

      Emphatically… me too. 🙂

  • Carl  On Sunday September 4, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I have to disagree, Steve, I’m saying now, but better late than never. Obama can’t possibly be a Republican. He isn’t nasty enough. He isn’t pugnacious enough. He isn’t ignorant enough. He isn’t vindictive enough. That’s the part that I understand. But what he is afflicted with is the strange but complete inability to tell the Republican politicians what they should do, which is to go and engage in airborne sexual encounters with the Moon. And if he’s not re-elected, that will be the cause much more than the economy or anything else, because it is causing him to lose huge chunks of respect, among both his enemies and his supporters. I wish somebody like Helen Thomas or Molly Ivins was around to ask him just what he’s thinking with that.

    • Steve  On Sunday September 4, 2011 at 11:03 am

      Carl, did you read the comments above? I’ve already said I regret having ever written this post. It has drawn negative comments from literally everyone, to the exclusion of five or six more substantive posts surrounding it, which drew no responses at all. I AM SORRY! Is that good enough?

      I cannot and will not pretend to respect a president who issues a “hit” contract against a U.S. citizen (Anwar al-Awlaki) with not one shred of due process. Even GeeDubya Bush, the worst president ever, never did that. A president who feels empowered to take the law into his own hands is a very dangerous person indeed. Obama is that very dangerous person, and I shall not vote for him.

    • Steve  On Sunday September 4, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      BTW, Helen Thomas is still alive at age 91. I think she’s retired, though. Molly… I still miss Molly! 😦

    • Steve  On Sunday September 4, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      Also BTW, thanks for improving my vocabulary of obscene phrases. I’d always heard “rolling donut” but this is the first I’ve heard the same suggestion but aiming at the Moon. 🙂

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