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 itโ€™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

soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. charles

    hey lets tell the truth the r-party never worked with obama.with all the people we sent to the the white house 3 yrs later no body tried to help him get the jobs to we the poeple.hmm seems like to me hes was set up from the begiiner.we need tell poeple.this next election give obama the power hes needs in the house and senate and there will be jobs.if we get a r in the white house all is lost.the next 2 yrs will be spent undoing the last 4 yrs.but hey iam not mad.we gave obama 2 yrs to fix what bush did in 8yrs. i guess hes not superman after.just what kind of poeple we are turning into.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Denzo


      September 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  2. steven

    will be too busy preparing for the game ๐Ÿ™‚

    September 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  3. Thelookingglass

    America and it's inability to grow up, always ready to either instigate or run to a see a fight. Obama is something of an enigma. He is a true leader a strong leader, a leader of substance and grace. The only civilized intelligent person in america, so it seems. The rest of us are a bunch of prehistoric barbaric idiots. We expect different results but still insist on doing things the same way. America allowed itself to be pillaged and plundered by corporations and the Bush administration. America is a farce with the republican party leading the way. We the hidden soldiers see beyond the obvious and will prevail as true patriots of what America truly is . . . A great and just nation and multi people of wonder an divine gifts. Obama must finish what he started. He will be remembered as a true patriot of America dream . . . "A reality"

    September 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      You say "... expect different results but still insist on doing things the same way." I guess that is why your president...
      1) Did not close GITMO.
      2) Extended the Tax Cuts for the rich.
      3) Continued the Patriot Act.
      4) Expanded the war in Afghanistan.
      5) Continued the war in Iraq.
      6) Continued bank bailouts.
      7) Increased the Fed. deficit.

      Act like Bush, sound like Bush, walk like Bush, must be President Bush.

      Also, I am sorry that you think that this president, who you probably do not personally know, is the "only civilized intelligent person in america." I suggest that you meet new people. There are many other very intelligent and fascinating people, both Liberal and Conservative, that you may find interesting. The world is a big place, don't limit yourself to only watching TV. Remember his is a historical figure not a god.

      September 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
      • Ruth

        I doubt if you are an AMerican, if you did you would have loved your president and seen what he has achieved than keeping scores on what the GOPs succeeded in stopping him for achieving. They have already said they want to see Obama's Waterloo

        1) passed health care reform Where Insurance companies cannot take advantage of and people cannot be refused care due to pre existing medical condition – which you republicans want to repeal
        2) passed strict financial regulations which the GOP are upset because their rich partner cannot screw the system so easily as they did during Bush's term
        3) passed the First 911 responder's bill
        4) Settled the settlement for farmers who were deprived If you dont know what that is go ask your GOPers
        5) Repealed the Dont ask Dont tell so that gays can serve openly in the army, navy etc.
        6) expansion of the war in afghanistan was a promise he kept which he made during his campaing.
        7) succeeded in Egypt
        8) Succeeded in Libya
        9) He put a protection on credit cards so that credit card companies cannot bully the american people.
        10) Killed Osama who Bush promised to get for 8 years but kept him safe
        11) Bailed out banks and automobile industries to keep america standing
        12) Saved america from falling into a 2nd depression. But never appreciated by the GOPs
        13) Ended the war in Iraq 50,000 troopsare still there to train the Iraqui's at their request.
        14) appointed 2 supreme court judges
        15) Improved the image of AMerica internationally
        and the list goes on. He would have done even more if the republicans were not thorns in his flesh.

        GITMO was not closed because republicans frightened the american people and stopped him including dick cheney
        Tax cuts for the rich was passed because republicans held middle class hostage. Obama didnt want the middle class to suffer by paying higher tax therefore gave into the tax cuts for the rich
        War in Afghanistan was a promis he kept during his campaiSaved america from falling into a 2nd depression. But never appreciated by the GOPs
        Deficit was increased to pay for the 2 wars and medicare that bush started and never paid for.

        I can go on and on. but its like water on a ducks back nothing will be appreciated.

        September 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
      • Notfooled

        Ruth -good post . You forgot --Start Treaty--Womens Equal Pay Act-Nobel Peace Prize–HAMP-–Saved us from default --Drones on the border. There is a lot more. This is a hard working President. We need to get the Democrats in there again so we can see real work not just obstruction and repealing. Total waste of time, the GOP have done nothing but act childish and play stupid games.

        September 2, 2011 at 5:57 am |
    • Obamasux1

      The man is an unqualified, clueless, lying, racist thug.

      September 1, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
      • Awebb

        You are such a clueless, naive fool. If you can do a better job. You can put your name in the hat. Don't be a sideline cheerleader. So when should we expect your name?

        September 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
      • Notfooled

        No you are.

        September 2, 2011 at 5:49 am |
    • hamidog

      then move out, a-hole

      September 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
    • Jill

      Right on! Well said. We will stay the course with our President.

      September 2, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  4. Postpaleo

    No, the real reason there is a dispute is, the Tea Party wants the deficit reduced by the amount the speech is worth. While some say it is worth nothing, The Tea Party has put very high figures on it. The most common figure cited, at this time, reduces the deficit to zero. The Tea Party will leave Washington if this goal is met.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Remember, ignorance always grows among the less intelligent.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  6. nintex

    It wasn't a sign of weakness for the President to change his speech time – it was a sign that he is mature enough to compromise and try to work things out with Republicans. I'm glad he did it; maybe he can set an example for the Republicans – at least we have one person in Washington who is willing to set aside ego and meet half way, even on something as minor as a speech time.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • Liz the First

      He's bent over so far backwards to try to compromise, his nose is on the ground behind him. it's time to stand up to the reTHUGS. he is not dealing with people interested in governing the country. there is no compromise possible with an enemy out to destroy you and the country along with you.

      September 1, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  7. Haap

    Another example of who really cares about ordinary people. Repugs think folks would rather watch those idiots they're running for president than football. While mildly amusing in their attempts to get people to believe they have a plan other than to eliminate the middle class, football is better TV. I say this knowing how meaningless the last week of the preseason is. It's either that or they are the disrespectful scum they appear to be, either way they have no shot with this crew. Huntsman is by far the best of the bunch and he in last place. Last we'll see of the GOP.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    Careless of White House advisors to the President to fall for GOP/Tea Party dirty tricks. Sorry scheduling episode did no credit to either side. Running the country is serious business and not a football game. Shame on both parties.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  9. Steve

    Jay Carney annoys the crap out of me. Why can't presidents get normal press secretaries. This guy looks like the pencil necked geek elitist.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  10. rf924

    It doesn't matter when President Failure makes his speech....nobody is going to watch anyway because he will have absolutely nothing useful to say. He is totally clueless.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  11. Obamasux1

    Why is he waiting until next week to give this important speech, probably hoping some excuse comes up that blows his "jobs plan" speech out of the water, because I am sure if he truly had one he wouldn't have sat on it for the past 2 years. Bottom line is he doesn't have one.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • Alex A.

      Yousuk, when does congress comeback from recess? I swear some of you people hate on the president but have no idea what you are talking about. go away to fake news.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:46 am |
    • Jill

      usux , you are a clueless hateful bigot

      September 2, 2011 at 7:33 am |
  12. maikl

    Finally Obama deliver his promise change. He change his bla-bla-bla from sept. 7 to sept. 8. Who will say Obama did not fulfill his promises of change?

    September 1, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  13. Liz the First

    I'm a staunch Obama supporter, but i'm terribly dissapointed in his decision to let Boner tell him when he can speak to Congress. what should be happening today is Boner should be in the ER getting Obama's shoe removed from his nether regions. his actions are reprehensible and show total disrespect for the president and the office of the president. he should immediately be replaced as speaker. and return Obama's nuts on his way out the door!

    September 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • lgny

      Why did Obama first propose a date/time that overlapped with the Republican presidential candidate debate - an event that was scheduled months ago? Either some staffer messed up badly, or someone was playing political games. Either way, staffers should have never let this happen.

      September 1, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
      • ruth

        Because Obama wanted to prove to the american people that once again the part of NO will say NOOOOOOO. Their moto is dont allow the president any success

        September 1, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      The real question is why does Barry disrespect the office of Speaker of the House.

      September 2, 2011 at 7:11 am |
      • Jill

        House Speaker doesn't deserve any respect and hasn't earned it.

        September 2, 2011 at 7:34 am |
  14. Jeff Spangler

    If Americans spent as much time on being politically aware and active as they spend on this brain-dead sport for Neanderthals, we'd be a lot better off.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  15. hamidog

    Learn protocol, dummies. Addressing a joint session is held for big news, like the annual State of the Union and declarations of war. When the President wants to address a joint session, he arranges it first, then announces it. This childish, ignorant moron announces it and, oh, by the way, let's congress know.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
  16. lgny

    Tee Hee.... That's one way to assure that the Republicans will not be able to deliver an immediate rebuttal speech. Everyone will be watching the kick off instead of the rebuttal.

    September 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  17. mrability

    it actually might work towards his advantage.

    he will have a ready made audience,and he will be able to delete any spew from the gop turds.

    i hope the gop eails and pays dearly in 2012 for helping the usa to fail faster by not working with the president on anything

    September 1, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
  18. molleja

    Let's see....Thursday night....from 7pm to 8:30 pm I'll be watching Looney Tunes cartoons..... NOTHING Obama has to say is worth listening to (he is irrelevant)....and then its FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 1, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  19. Russell Brown

    Father in heaven can you have mercy on the united states of american
    can you forgive us all for our sins
    Bless our President and our congress and the rest of our leaders
    Bless every family on earth teach us toget along with
    keep every jew muslim christian Indian safe and full of repect
    as we all come togeather to support president obama for a second term.
    pour your holy spirit on all groups thankyou lord,

    September 1, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  20. Notfooled

    This was planned. Obama knew if he asked for Wednesday they would say No because of the repub debate. He really wanted Thursday because his speech precedes the big football game. Imagine the size of the audience waiting for the game. Boehner fell for it. Brilliant.

    September 2, 2011 at 6:05 am |
  21. Scott

    Notfooled, you need to get a new name. you are totally clueless. Obama had no choice to move his speech. He defered to the Speaker of the house, he is learning he is nothing. The Speaker of the house will always be a better man then Obama. Besides no one isinterested in what this sad excuse for a man and President has to say,

    PERRY 2012

    September 2, 2011 at 6:22 am |
  22. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Thelookingglass; good post. @Notfooled; hadn't seen you in a while. Missed you. Good post. @Ruth; I agree 100%. That is their mission. @molleja; you're just another 'hater', I wonder why you folk call yourselves patriots. You have the nerve to compare the President of the United States of America with cartoon Looney Tunes. IRRELEVANT? The way he's got all of you scrambling, screaming and running rampant, he must be relevant! You're a bunch of contentious clowns who need to be working for BARNUM & BAILEY!

    September 2, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  23. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Liz the First; From one Liz to the other, you go girl! They aren't ready to have a black man tell them what to do, period....bottomline! YES I SAID IT! They have been proving that on everything since the first day! Oh, I'm getting myself set up to be called a racist again for simply making the observation. They are racists and biggots, cowards who are hiding under politics...they hate when I call them out! OK, You all can get started; on your marks, get set....GO!

    September 2, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  24. dj nichols

    i dont know where this miscinception that any of this has anything to do with football came from this isnt even news he wanted to make a speach, legaly he has to ask congress to come and make said speach to congress becouse of the separation of powers its the legislative branch hes part of the executive he called um up and said hey can i come over today and make a speach congress said no were busy come tomorrow he said ok it was a simple rescedual not a controversy get over it

    September 2, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  25. 2cents4free

    Brilliant! that will have the republicans giving their weak rebuttal at the start of the game. Guess which one I'll be watching.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  26. charles

    hey stupid american poeple can,t you see whats happening???i will vote for him this time because hes been fighting congress.what i will say that maybe we should look at how many wealthy poeple running our country???what happen corprate american got mad at obama for wanting them to pay more taxes,so they just cut the jobs out peroid.selfish greedy i guess i guess its ok to be that if you got the money.but what i do see is that if obama is voted out.our country will fail big time.two classes of poeple the rich and the poor. the r-party going throw all the poor and the sick under the bus.civil war hmmm not out the question???despiration brings about v????????? you fill it in.

    do we need a president or do we need a dictator???
    if obama looses nothing going get done for 4yrs.then we'll see the light.

    September 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Barry said that he will spend a billion dollars on his reelection. Sounds like big biz to me.

      September 3, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  27. Dee

    Liz in Georgia KUDOS to you tell it like it is. Jay in NC is always negative about the President I know where he is coming from because I am from NC and that's old generational prejudice there is no hope for him.

    And to Fields1stSgt. I am quite disturb by some of the things that you continue to say about the Commander-in-Chief I hope you are not a military man defending our country and talking about your boss like that. You had better be careful that the Secret Service is not knocking at your door. If you are not a military man you are impersonating one and that is a federal offense.

    September 3, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Call someone a racist if they disagree? Hmmm, when people disagreed with Clinton, did you call them racist? What if I am black, am I a racist? Or is it that you assume that I am white, if that is so then would not that make you the racist?

      Liberals have warn out the race card. You have hardened us all to the phrase. The sad thing is, because of you, just like in the story of the boy who cried wolf, no one will listen. You have destroyed the power of the 'R' word.

      I think it is funny that because my name is "Jay in NC" you think that I am from NC. Man, you Liberals are gullible. But then again you do believe in Hopes and Dreams.

      September 4, 2011 at 8:02 am |
  28. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, crying WOLF?!? LOL! Oh the power of the 'R' word is still KING in AMERICA! It IS the WOLF! And it'll always have power, as long as there's a drop of that cancerous devil within these borders! As far as your being black, other or I'd say a non-white, rich or poor, my goodness! You are RIGHT! WE CERTAINLY CAN'T TELL! What with all of your double-talk. The only thing you stay on point with is the degradation and the dismissal of the President! If you're lying about NC, then what else are you lying about?

    September 4, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  29. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I guess us Liberals can just put you on over into the BIG instigating box of AMERICAS' 'Devils' Advocates', huh Jay? You keep up controversy, and push hate and negativity, as you hide behind your computer; while NOT being a white 'Jay in NC'! As for me, I don't throw rocks and hide my hand. You know my name, my race, my state of residence, my stand on some of the issues and my belief in GOD, who I believe is in control of the President. Yes! I'm a proud OBAMA supporter and will NOT waiver due to dissention!

    September 4, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • lanetta Brooks

      I ditto your sentiment! Stay fired up! The Repub candidates are scaring me into action.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
  30. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Furthermore, if anyone disagreed with Clinton, it certainly wasn't on the 24/7, 365 news cycle! We didn't know nor did we care when he and his family went on vacations; nor when he went to the washroom! We didn't really care that much because everybody seemed to feel like everything was going well for them and the nation! We had jobs and extra money and the nation did too! BLACKS loved Clinton! That's what you all hated about him! So don't EVEN try to align us with your racist, biggoted society! PATHETICS!

    September 4, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
  31. lanetta Brooks

    Thank you President Obama for continuing to move America forward. Excellent speech! Your base is fired up and ready to go!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
  32. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Good cmments Ianetta. I agree!

    September 12, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  33. Liz Carter in Georgia

    OOPS; I meant 'comments'. Sorry.

    September 12, 2011 at 9:52 pm |