Boehner V. Obama: Who Won The Great Scheduling Debate?
The decision ended a day-long drama between the two government leaders about when Obama could offer his job creation plan. So who won in the end? Here's some things working in favor of each of two.
--Some of the immediate reactions to Obama's announcement suggested that he had caved to Boehner's demand. Obama faced similar criticism from members of his own party during the debt ceiling debate this summer after Boehner decided to not follow through on a plan he had reportedly agreed to with the president.
--Obama's original choice of 5 p.m. PDT Wednesday would have conflicted with the scheduled start of a Republican debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. Debate hosts NBC and Politico said they would not move the date of the event but seemed open to changing the time. Having the debate the day before will allow for newspaper headlines on Thursday to surely feature lots of jabs at Obama ahead of his television appearance.
--Within minutes of announcing the date change, Obama sent an email to millions of supporters with a single word in the subject line that could have easily worked as a Facebook status update: "Frustrated". Obama again can play himself as the adult in the room, standing above the partisan bickering in Congress. He can say he didn't want to make a big deal about something so trivial to the average American. As a result, the whole scheduling issue could serve as an entry point for Obama to blame Republicans in Congress for slow economic recovery since they even delayed his speech on how to speed things up.
--Obama's speech is expected to come before the 5:30 p.m. kickoff in the first NFL game of the season that almost wasn't. Obama could end up picking up more viewers than expected if NBC, as one would expect, cuts away from its pregame show for the New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers matchup to air Obama's address.
Here's what some Twitter users had to say about the date change:
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