So, in a totally transparent wish to upstage the Republican debate next Wednesday, Obama comes out and announces that he wants to address a joint session of Congress (and also preempt network television programming) at the same time as the debate. The Speaker of the House, Mr. Boehner, comes back with a 'well, that won't work for us since we've already got stuff planned, like votes and washing my hair.' And so, Obama will now go up against the NFL on Thursday night. The advantage of this for Obama is that it would be more devastating to lose in ratings against the Republican debate than it will against the NFL (in either case, I'd bet either would garner higher ratings than Obama).
Something else that occurs to me is that isn't a speech before a joint session of Congress a bit of overkill? Shouldn't those things be saved for State of the Union addresses, declarations of war (or in Obama parlance--kinetic movements), and shit that really matters? It shouldn't be used for grandstanding nor should it be used to rehash the same old same old because you all know how it's going to go.
I think, if I even bother watching (which I doubt), that we need to have the Obama drinking game: every time he says 'let me be perfectly clear' or blames someone else for the mess his policies and regulatory overreach have caused, we drink. I figure I can be blotto within the first five minutes, unless he's 53 minutes late again, like his last televised speech.
7 months ago