*So who’s in charge here? Or should we ask who’s the President? Boehner or Obama?
All of a sudden there’s a real interesting power play happening between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner over the prez’ Jobs speech before Congress next Wednesday. Read on to find out what’s going on.
President Barack Obama asked Congress to convene an extraordinary joint session next Wednesday to hear his much-anticipated proposals to put jobless Americans back to work, but House Speaker John Boehner balked and told the president he ought to wait and speak a day later.
A White House official told TheGrio that before the request for the Joint Session was sent, they talked to Boehner’s office and raised the date and time, and Boehner’s office raised no objection.
Boehner’s spokesman, Brendan Buck, disputed the account in a statement saying:
“No one in the Speaker’s office – not the Speaker, not any staff – signed off on the date the White House announced today. Unfortunately we weren’t even asked if that date worked for the House. Shortly before it arrived this morning, we were simply informed that a letter was coming. It’s unfortunate the White House ignored decades – if not centuries – of the protocol of working out a mutually agreeable date and time before making any public announcement.”
If Obama gets his way, his speech will upstage a Republican presidential debate scheduled for the same time. If Boehner prevails, the president’s address could conflict with the opening game of the National Football League season.
Obama asked Congress on Wednesday for a prime-time slot on Sept. 7, giving him a grand stage for a televised address and putting him face to face with Republican lawmakers who have bitterly opposed his agenda and vow to vote down any new spending he might propose.
NBC News confirmed Wednesday that the House historian stated that a public decision to suggest the president choose a different date has no precedent, and that typically, such things are worked out behind closed doors.
So who’s gong to blink first? Read/learn MORE at Yahoo News.