By now, you have all heard it: Republican Speaker John Boehner has asked the President to postpone his jobs address from September 7, the first day Congress gets back to DC. The White House is saying that they in fact consulted Boehner's office before sending the President's request, and at the time Boehner raised no objections. But John Boehner doesn't want a jobs speech. The official reason he's showing is because, oh, you know, Congress is just going to come back from its long summer vacation on the day, and uhh, they need to ease into their part time job with a full time salary and benefits paid for by the American taxpayer. No, I'm not kidding. Here's what the Speaker actually said in his letter:
[A]s the Majority Leader announced more than a month ago, the House will not be in session until Wednesday, September 7, with votes at 6:30 that evening. With the significant amount of time - typically more than three hours - that is required to allow for a security sweep of the House Chamber before receiving a President, it is my recommendation that your address be held on the following evening, when we can ensure there will be no parliamentary or logistical impediments that might detract from your remarks.I mean, really? That's Boehner's official response to the President's request to address the Congress? His official response is basically that "we're too busy and important to move our behinds and move up or reschedule a vote so that the American people can hear what the President of the United States has to say about creating jobs in an economy like this?" His official response is basically that an address on the most important issue of this time needs to wait so Congress can ease back into session after their vacation? REALLY?