I have to say that I read this piece today and it kind of set me off. First off, I don’t care if you’re an opinion writer, if you want to be taken seriously or have any credibility, you don’t use words like “dissed,” especially in a headline. Second, this guy is just beyond ignorant of our governmental system. He thinks the president, especially President Obama, should be treated as some sort of all-powerful king who everyone should bow to, no matter the circumstances.
The main problem with this piece and this idiot is the fact that he either doesn’t know or doesn’t care about the fact that the Constitution set up in our political system something called “Separation of Powers.” This means that one branch of the government cannot tell another branch what to do; that each branch operations independently of the others except when it comes to our checks and balances, ie how the president has to sign congressionally passed legislation into law or how the Senate must confirm Supreme Court justices, among a few others. In this case, President Obama simply cannot tell Rep. Boehner or other congressional leadership that he’s giving a speech and that they have to be there. It is not Rep. Boehner’s job to honor every presidential request and get his people to show up. If they want to let him come and speak, they can but they cannot be forced into accepting this.
Next, this guy acts incredulous at the fact that Rep. Boehner would do this in the first place while ignoring the fact that the White House scheduled this for the same night as a GOP presidential debate. The president’s lying lackey, Jay Carney, said it was all a “coincidence” but there is no such thing as a coincidence in politics. They knew exactly what they were doing when they scheduled it for that night. They were intentionally trying to steal the light from the GOP, trying to marginalize them and especially Rick Perry who has blown up the entire GOP race and would be participating in his first GOP debate that night.
Now people are complaining that they had to move it to Thursday night which is the NFL season opener. Oh boo-hoo. If this whole “jobs” thing was really that important to the president, he would have skipped his vacation and presented outside of a joint session of Congress. And never mind the fact that he’s be focusing on jobs or pivoting to jobs his entire time as president, all with terrible results. This guy gets do over after do over with no questioning by the media. If this was Bush doing this…well…we all know how he’d be treated.
Another thing that got me was this guy lamenting about nobody respecting the Office of the President of the United States. Well, I’ll just say this, no other president would have stooped to such a partisan low and scheduled a major speech (in reality it’s nothing more than a campaign speech that we’ve all heard before) to a joint session of Congress on the same night his opponents were having a nationally televised debate. Who is really disrespecting the office here?
Oh, and as a side note, Rep. Boehner did not abbreviate the Constitution by skipping the “messy slavery part.” It’s been amended out of the Constitution.