Time for Obama address set
September 1st, 2011
05:55 PM ET

Time for Obama address set

The long national nightmare that was speechgate has come to an end. It appears the time has been set for President Obama's speech to Congress next Thursday. The latest from Speaker Boehner's office:

At his request, the Speaker has respectfully invited the President to address a Joint Session of Congress next Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

Moments later, the White House confirmed the time had been agreed upon. From Jay Carney:

After consulting with the Speaker’s office, the President has accepted an invitation to address a Joint Session of Congress at 7pm on Thursday, September 8th.

Topics: President Obama
September 1st, 2011
03:47 PM ET

The president speaks ... then kickoff

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.

Topics: President Obama • The News
September 1st, 2011
03:39 PM ET

White House announces three day trip to New York

Attention New York City drivers: President Obama is headed to the Big Apple for three days later this month. In addition to tying up traffic in midtown, the president is set to attend events at the United Nations General Assembly and deliver a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative.

Here's the full announcement from the White House:

On Monday, September 19, the President will travel to New York City, returning to Washington, DC, on Wednesday, September 21. While in New York City, the President will participate in the United Nations General Assembly, attend additional bilateral and multilateral meetings on the margins of UNGA, and deliver remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative.

More details on these events will be released in the coming weeks.

Topics: The News
Picture of the week.
September 1st, 2011
12:42 PM ET

Picture of the week.

MINNEAPOLIS,MN- AUGUST 30: U.S. President Barack Obama greets guests of honor during the 93rd American Legion National Convention at the Minneapolis Convention Center on August 30, 2011 in Minneapolis. Obama spoke about job creation and the need to improve services for veterans returning from war.

POTUS schedule Thursday September 1, 2011
September 1st, 2011
07:26 AM ET

POTUS schedule Thursday September 1, 2011

After some back and forth between the White House and House Republicans, it was decided President Obama would address a Joint Session of Congress on Thursday Sept 8, 2011.  

Today he is spending the day behind closed doors meeting with advisors.

full schedule after the jump


Topics: Daily Schedule