September 1st, 2011
03:47 PM ET
President Obama's address to a joint session of congress will finish up before 8:30 p.m. next Thursday, ahead of kickoff time in the NFL season opener between the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers, White House press secretary Jay Carney said.
"I can assure all you football fans he will be completed by kick-off," Carney said during his Thursday briefing to reporters.
House Speaker John Boehner rejected the president's initial request to speak Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET, the same time as a long-scheduled Republican presidential debate, citing conflicts with the House floor schedule and logistical concerns.
That leaves the president speaking a day later than he'd prefer at a time earlier than he'd like.
A White House source tells me that while it’s not ideal to have the president speak before 8 p.m., when audiences tend to be larger, at least more people will be at home awaiting the start of the football game. The White House is hoping they tune into the president before the game.
That said, the president will likely compete with pre-game coverage that begins at 7:30.