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Obama moves Congressional address to NFL’s opening night

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In what is being described as a historical rebuff of a sitting president by Congressional leadership, Barack Obama has been blocked by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio; pictured) from addressing a joint session of the nation’s legislative body on September 7, at which time a presidential debate will be conducted in California.  And so the President has caved, moving the speech to Thursday, September 8.

And that sets up a direct conflict with the commencement of the 2011 NFL regular season, with the Saints facing the Packers at Lambeau Field that same night.

It remains to be seen whether NBC will cover the speech in lieu of the game, which is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. ET.  If ABC, CBS, and FOX all choose to broadcast the address and NBC opts to send any interested members of its audience to MSNBC and/or CNBC, the ratings for the NFL opener could go through the roof.

All we know for now is that the speech won’t be carried on VERSUS between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET, during the debut of NBC SportsTalk, featuring our new buddy Russ Thaler and a certain Internet hack who soon will become a cable TV jackwagon.

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88 Responses to “Obama moves Congressional address to NFL’s opening night”
  1. giorgiom3 says: Aug 31, 2011 10:16 PM

    Thumbs up if you’re going to be watching the NFL instead of the Congressional address.

  2. cakemixa says: Aug 31, 2011 10:16 PM

    Looks like record ratings are in store for the Saints/Packers game.

  3. beastson says: Aug 31, 2011 10:16 PM

    Thank you Boehner. Another epic failure by the worst congress in history.

  4. denverdave3 says: Aug 31, 2011 10:17 PM

    he submits to Republicans and football

  5. beastson says: Aug 31, 2011 10:18 PM

    It was interfering with Speaker Boehner’s tanning time.

  6. dudeincleveland says: Aug 31, 2011 10:18 PM

    I will be addressing my own “joint session” during the football game.

  7. ftblfan9 says: Aug 31, 2011 10:18 PM

    We can see plenty of condescending politicians from either party 24/7 on cable. I’ll pass on the speech thanks.

  8. sdsupersean says: Aug 31, 2011 10:20 PM

    Too bad the bears aren’t playing….

  9. vbe2 says: Aug 31, 2011 10:21 PM

    Does anyone really care about anything Ohbama has to say?

  10. prior0knowledge says: Aug 31, 2011 10:21 PM

    sometimes the self insults are cute… but sometimes they are just annoying.

  11. mkepackfan says: Aug 31, 2011 10:21 PM

    Apparently this speech can’t wait a week, huh?

    NBC, I will be soooooo incredibly upset if you delay the game for this speech.

  12. rushbacker says: Aug 31, 2011 10:22 PM

    I know which I’ll be watching. . .

  13. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Aug 31, 2011 10:23 PM

    Let’s put the members of Congress on the PUP list until until they can actually get something done for us.

  14. clbrwns says: Aug 31, 2011 10:30 PM

    For those that want to hear Obama just pull up one of his earlier speeches and watch it early. He’s not said anything new since he’s been in office so it’s one big rerun – with already low ratings.

  15. vahawker says: Aug 31, 2011 10:30 PM

    Listening to Chris Johnson speak his unintelligible gibberish would be more enjoyable than listening to Obama read 45 minutes of nothing from his teleprompters.

  16. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 31, 2011 10:31 PM

    If the game is preempted, I can think of one person that will be looking for a job come 2012…

  17. thebiblestudent says: Aug 31, 2011 10:33 PM

    Obama wanted to move the day of the speech because the teleprompters weren’t available on the 8th.

  18. gpete1962 says: Aug 31, 2011 10:35 PM

    dudeincleveland says: Aug 31, 2011 10:18 PM

    I will be addressing my own “joint session” during the football game.

    ======================================

    Then yours will be the only productive “session” of the evening !!

  19. robertopicadillo says: Aug 31, 2011 10:38 PM

    no one is gonna watch that. he can bad mouth the whole country for all we know. what a douche.

  20. mmmpieyummy says: Aug 31, 2011 10:39 PM

    Guarantee he wouldn’t do it if the Bears were scheduled…and he calls himself a fan of the game.

    Total BS…just like most of his policies.

  21. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 31, 2011 10:39 PM

    Like he’s gonna say anything that matters. Just a bunch of words strung together.
    Politicians are prone to verbal diarrhea. Actions are what count.

    I’ll be watching football.

  22. moochzilla says: Aug 31, 2011 10:39 PM

    That’s why Jesus invented MSNBC, put the address there.

    Why would Republicans care about football? Their leadership – Boner, Ricky Perry, and W Bush, and that old bigot from Mississippi were…

    ..wait for it…

    MALE CHEERLEADERS.

    Don’t believe me? Check it out.

  23. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 31, 2011 10:43 PM

    It’s funny that there’s an Obama ad to the right on my screen right now.

  24. broncotis3000 says: Aug 31, 2011 10:43 PM

    Nice picture…stop crying Boner…you got what you wanted…again.

  25. darthobama says: Aug 31, 2011 10:48 PM

    Haha…that’s what happens when you have an approval rating in the 40s…

  26. joker65 says: Aug 31, 2011 10:53 PM

    What do you figure his approval rating will fall to now? Hes bound to lose more votes for this than healthcare reform!!!!

  27. drevilstolemymojito says: Aug 31, 2011 10:54 PM

    Why not just post a roll of the teleprompter on some left wing website and let those who might care and might be able to read read it. It will be just another load of crap pandering to the labor unions and those who pay no taxes and are most likely on the government dole. No productive ideas, just blaming the opposition.

  28. nawlinssaints1956 says: Aug 31, 2011 10:56 PM

    “W” didn’t get this much disrepect, and he is the clueless one that put this country in the shape that it is in. Growing up we were told that any of us could be President of the United States; both Daddy and “W” have proven that to be true.

    For those of you “teabaggers” that think we are now a Socialistic society, you might want to refuse to accept Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid to save our children and grandchildren from the burden coming to them. But you can’t do that; you paid into the system, and it’s going to take care of you.

    When your elected United States Congressman or Senator’s primary goal is to disrupt the legislative process so the POTUS is limited to one term, all of you, Democrat or Republican, deserve to be voted out of office. This is why I have never registered to vote under any political party; neither one of them have the American people’s interest in mind, just their own.

    All that said, this is an NFL website – GO SAINTS!!!

  29. seaochickens says: Aug 31, 2011 11:01 PM

    Block him from speaking until the SB, that will get a lot more people pissed at him than just the first game of the season. Better yet, get someone to shake hands with him… Than while he poses for a picture, open your jacket while wearing a ‘legislation to kill babies’ t-shirt… That should get some votes away from him too… I swear I did not vote for any of these people…

  30. sc2115 says: Aug 31, 2011 11:02 PM

    he submits to Republicans and football

    Wrong. he submitted to Republicans when he SHOULD have submitted to Football.

  31. kraigk1 says: Aug 31, 2011 11:04 PM

    It is tradition and gentleman’s agreement for the President to talk to Congress about speech times. This is to avoid clubbing one another’s major events. Like everything else, Obama throws tradition and protocol out the window, and everyone else pays the price.

    All your problem now, NBC.

  32. bearfan51 says: Aug 31, 2011 11:04 PM

    The real question is what does Tebow think of this?

  33. thirdngoal says: Aug 31, 2011 11:10 PM

    Looks like ole Jaundice Johnny isn’t happy messing up everything in DC, hell lets pull some strings and piss everyone in the country off.

  34. habsman says: Aug 31, 2011 11:11 PM

    Aren’t Republicans wonderful people.

  35. diehardraidersfan says: Aug 31, 2011 11:12 PM

    Considering the Republican debate was already scheduled and NBC was set to cover it, the President made the right move. He should have never publicly announced Sept. 7th without consulting the House Speaker before hand.

    This was clearly a political stunt by the President to steal the spotlight from the first debate featuring candidate Rick Perry.

    Its funny that he got told no thank you.

  36. buckfigben says: Aug 31, 2011 11:12 PM

    This congress is a nothing but a disrespectful bitter joke.

  37. serr8d says: Aug 31, 2011 11:13 PM

    Who wants to watch a dead-on-arrival ‘Community Organizing’ campaign speech full of lies, distortions and false HOPEs for impossible CHANGE that can’t happen until BHO’s out of office in January 2013?

    I’ll watch it only if Joe Wilson promises to yell out “YOU LIE!” again.

    GO SAINTS~!

  38. osnap305 says: Aug 31, 2011 11:14 PM

    lol at that shameless plug at the end.

  39. schemefactory says: Aug 31, 2011 11:16 PM

    yeah, where does this tie in to what’s going on with tebow’s roster spot?

  40. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Aug 31, 2011 11:17 PM

    giorgiom3 August 31, 2011, 9:16 PM CDT

    Thumbs up if you’re going to be watching the NFL instead of the Congressional address.

    _____

    Although I agree with you, keep the “thumbs up if…” comments to YouTube.

  41. descendency says: Aug 31, 2011 11:20 PM

    Obama knows how to use a blackberry, twitter, and quite a bit more… but doesn’t know how to use a TV Guide???

  42. raiderspride says: Aug 31, 2011 11:30 PM

    Simple solution…

    Let him make his speech during the game, miked by NFL Films, wearing a Saints Jersey, On the field, playing as the Saints QB, during a play on 3rd and 13, while he drops back, as he is in the pocket, with Clay Matthews coming at him like the wild-man Clay is…

    Obama will get his point across real quick. Short, sweet and right to the point.

  43. buckfigben says: Aug 31, 2011 11:31 PM

    Maybe if congress thought more highly of NFL fans and job creation, they would have let the President do it on Wednesday like it was planned for. Boehner forces Obama to wait and now puts him up against the NFL. It’s all politics. It’s a joke. Sometimes Repubs win, sometimes Dems win, but somehow we lose.

  44. footballfan15 says: Aug 31, 2011 11:31 PM

    habsman says:
    Aug 31, 2011 11:11 PM
    “Aren’t Republicans wonderful people.”

    Why yes…..Yes they are…..lol

  45. unbiased8383 says: Aug 31, 2011 11:36 PM

    if uv made it this far in the comment section than here we go. this is b.s. I’ve lost my faith in politics. I don’t trust any of those m f s. they try to appeal to fox or cnn, they dont care about the people and they are ruining a great system set up by the founding fathers. i wish we’d just pick a bunch of unbiased random smart people who arent effected by interest groups to follow our constitution. does that exist? idk. I’m not a right or left winger i just want our country to get better. our school system sucks, we pay our teachers garbage and wonder why we’re getting passed by other countries. I’m 29 and not a political person, but Jesus. We’ve gotta get our sh#$ together. Sorry for the typing errors. Never Forget

  46. mikeyveli says: Aug 31, 2011 11:36 PM

    Man, I’m still waiting for that CHANGE he promised.

  47. whoknowsnothing says: Aug 31, 2011 11:42 PM

    Did the President just get punk’ed by some people we never heard of?

    If I was President I would tell them to find a new slot and It would me that would address the nation on Sept 7.

  48. anallover says: Aug 31, 2011 11:43 PM

    This Barrack Obama guy is good I pay all my bills with “hope and change”

  49. whoknowsnothing says: Aug 31, 2011 11:44 PM

    Excuse me Mr. President, would you please slide down, so I can take your seat?

    C’mon MAN!

  50. ganggreen4life says: Aug 31, 2011 11:51 PM

    you guys are dumb as hell, the White House already said the speech will be BEFORE the game.

    You Republican’s are a-holes…..go burn a cross or something.

  51. juliusanonymous says: Aug 31, 2011 11:54 PM

    Boehner sure lives up to his name. I’m saying it right now: when the sh*t hits the fan in this country, and we’re killing muslims/jews/gays/whatever by the millions in concentration camps and gulags, it will be some GOP idiot like Boehner leading the way.

    Just looking at that guy gives me the creeps. He looks like every corrupt evil politician stereotype Hollywood has come up with over the last 50 years. That man is evil and you can see it in his beady weasel eyes. This whole right-wing nazi stuff is just getting carried away. Reagan would never have identified with the modern GOP, he would have had to run as a Democrat.

  52. footballfan15 says: Aug 31, 2011 11:55 PM

    palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says:
    Aug 31, 2011 10:23 PM
    “Let’s put the members of Congress on the PUP list until until they can actually get something done for us.”
    ———————————————–
    Only if we can place Obama and his administration on it as well…

  53. pappysarcasm says: Aug 31, 2011 11:55 PM

    Face it folks, the game will be delayed until the prez is done. What does he have to lose. It’s his best shot at a big audience, agitated as they may be!

  54. mac3333 says: Sep 1, 2011 12:07 AM

    Boehner is my congressman and a waste of a carbon life form.

    Nuff said.

  55. drevilstolemymojito says: Sep 1, 2011 12:09 AM

    nawlinssaints1956 says:Aug 31, 2011 10:56 PM

    “W” didn’t get this much disrepect, and he is the clueless one that put this country in the shape that it is in. Growing up we were told that any of us could be President of the United States; both Daddy and “W” have proven that to be true.

    For those of you “teabaggers” that think we are now a Socialistic society, you might want to refuse to accept Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid to save our children and grandchildren from the burden coming to them. But you can’t do that; you paid into the system, and it’s going to take care of you.

    When your elected United States Congressman or Senator’s primary goal is to disrupt the legislative process so the POTUS is limited to one term, all of you, Democrat or Republican, deserve to be voted out of office. This is why I have never registered to vote under any political party; neither one of them have the American people’s interest in mind, just their own.

    All that said, this is an NFL website – GO SAINTS!!!

    20

    40

    ___________
    Nawlin,

    Your memory is defective. GWB got this much disrespect and more. If you don’t vote, you should eff yourself and go away. You have no right to complain if you do not vote, or if you are not a legitimate citizen of this country.

  56. grudenthediva says: Sep 1, 2011 12:09 AM

    Good job, Boehner. Act like a spoiled little bitch and get applause (namely because your base shares the same qualities).

    Gotta love the “I GOT MINE!” generation.

  57. miamiron says: Sep 1, 2011 12:31 AM

    dudeincleveland says: Aug 31, 2011 10:18 PM

    I will be addressing my own “joint session” during the football game.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Good to see you finally outed yourself
    on a national forum…enjoy your boyfriends joint

    I’ll take the game over anything ungawa
    has to say

  58. Soulman45 says: Sep 1, 2011 12:32 AM

    The Pres. is a man that step in it and it smell.

  59. thehighhat says: Sep 1, 2011 12:39 AM

    Who cares what obama says? It’s time for football!!

  60. dwhitehurst says: Sep 1, 2011 12:44 AM

    As a Packer fan and a Ron Paul supporter, I’m quite conflicted as to what I find worse about Obama:

    1) That he is 4 times more of a socialist/big government/Welfare-Stater than Bush Jr. was (in terms of spending/monetary debt increase in just 3 years in office)

    or

    2) That he is no less of a Warfare-Stater than Bush Jr. was (e.g., Going all Libya without any congressional approval)

    or

    3) That he is a Bears fan. ;)

    Given that the pessimist in me says we’ll get much of the same with the next president, regardless of party…that is, unless Constitutional sanity dawns on the American people and Ron Paul miraculously got elected,…..then I’m definitely gonna have to go with #3. ;)

  61. mjkelly77 says: Sep 1, 2011 12:52 AM

    You miss the point. John Boehner is the real weasel here. He’s attempting to make Obama look bad. Boehner … he’s the head weasel in Congress.

  62. osmocosmo says: Sep 1, 2011 12:59 AM

    I’ll be watching football.

    As for politics, I’ll be voting for less government, less wars, less insanity. Ron Paul.

  63. gadgetdawg says: Sep 1, 2011 1:04 AM

    I honestly don’t care so long as the game doesn’t get preempted. I’d watch a Carolina-Bengals game before I watch a politician go on for an hour or so.

  64. nolarules says: Sep 1, 2011 1:12 AM

    Nawlinssaints1956

    You must not have been paying attention to the last 4 years of Bush’s presidency. Liberals were calling him Hitler and praying for his assassination. King Obama spends most of his day calling everyone who does not fall into line and agree with his every thought a racist. About time you join the real world and stop feeling sorry for Obama because not all of us are going to blindly follow his big government and pro union agenda.
    And Bush sucked too by the way. Stupid big government republican along with a democratic congress filled with people very good at wasting the hard earned money of others are who got us into this mess. King Obama has simply made EVERYTHING worse.

  65. sasquash69 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:20 AM

    Wow, once again Obama bends over for the republicans. Should expect that from a democrat, they have no balls at all. The republicans are crazy, and usually gay. At least they have a set.

  66. misterpigglesworth says: Sep 1, 2011 1:41 AM

    trying to figure out what i’m sick of more……. all these moronic athletes and there twitter accounts or barack obama

  67. patpatriotagain says: Sep 1, 2011 3:15 AM

    for those of you complaining about boenher, pease understand that Obama purposefully chose the original time to try to distract attention from a republican presidential debate. he’s the political hack here.

  68. trollaikman8 says: Sep 1, 2011 3:39 AM

    Let the record show that Boner filibustered the original date in order cause this conflict.

    Boner.

  69. pasqualwisdom says: Sep 1, 2011 4:09 AM

    This would be political suicide!!! Does anybody in Washington understand how HUGE the NFL is??? Somebody better get through to the president, quick!

  70. ponsonbybritt says: Sep 1, 2011 6:11 AM

    Why there isn’t a [i]Democrat[/i] debate to preempt in an ungentlemanly and self-serving style by now is beyond me.

  71. baddegg says: Sep 1, 2011 6:17 AM

    Wait…I’ve got a solution. Roll Obama out on the 50 yard line at halftime of the game. Presidential address to congress via remote feed…and live halftime entertainment…nice.

  72. baddegg says: Sep 1, 2011 6:17 AM

    PS…in that picture, Bohner looks like a jackolantern.

  73. winkandthegun says: Sep 1, 2011 6:46 AM

    More than a little tired of reading websites where the comments section is filled with political attacks on the opposite party/supporters. Relax, breathe. Come to this site, read about football, talk about football.

    Really, we get it. Each side hates the other side – but football is apolitical. Leave the other crap to the right wing/left wing blogs.

  74. tombrookshire says: Sep 1, 2011 6:47 AM

    What you are about to see is how a multi-billion dollar corporation dictates what presidents do and when they can make speeches. It will be interesting to see what excuse he uses for moving his speech. This was obviously the cluelessness of his PR team in evidence and the power of the NFL. I hate the powerful corporatocracy whether they produce sports games, oil pipelines, or mortgage futures, all the same greed to me.

  75. steelerfan9598 says: Sep 1, 2011 6:50 AM

    NFL ratings will be HUGE!

  76. opie333 says: Sep 1, 2011 6:52 AM

    I would have loved to read all the post for this one. I bet they had the delete button taped down on the anti obama post. I wonder if the Lib’s feal it slipping away in 2012 yet! They are about to get hammered!

  77. tatum064 says: Sep 1, 2011 7:31 AM

    opie333 says:
    Sep 1, 2011 6:52 AM
    I would have loved to read all the post for this one. I bet they had the delete button taped down on the anti obama post. I wonder if the Lib’s feal it slipping away in 2012 yet! They are about to get hammered!
    ==================================
    What difference is it going to make, genius?

    There both bought and paid for by the banking establishment or Military Industrial Complex.

    Does it really matter? Libs/Cons are two sides of the same coin.

  78. stilllovemybungles says: Sep 1, 2011 7:32 AM

    Why doesn’t Obama wait till Friday to do his lying? Hasn’t he taken enough away from us already? Why football!

  79. opie333 says: Sep 1, 2011 7:37 AM

    Carter vs Reagan my dad voted for Carter back then, he say worst vote he had ever made at 18% interest. He told me the other day we learned our lesson in the eighty’s with Carter. I hope y’all learned yours with Obama!

  80. The Shoeman says: Sep 1, 2011 8:02 AM

    Who Cares . . .

    He killed Bin Laden , , ,move on

    bring in the FOOTBALL

  81. blackfootkiller says: Sep 1, 2011 8:12 AM

    Noticed a trend in these posts…The childish name calling by the Obama supporters.
    They need to raise the voting age to 25, since it’s obvious that young people today think, and act like teenagers well into their 20’s.

  82. momar3000 says: Sep 1, 2011 8:51 AM

    I wish we could lock out our government. I bet no one would miss them.

  83. skf727 says: Sep 1, 2011 9:04 AM

    Congrats Mr President! You’ve accomplished a rare political exacta.

    By originally requesting the 7th to deflect attention from the months-prior scheduled GOP debate and having to shift to the 8th when the House Speaker says no…

    You look both petty AND weak.

  84. managod777 says: Sep 1, 2011 9:27 AM

    I just may not vote for Obama because the Republicans get everything they want from him. Can’t vote Republican though. Voter apathy is back again!!!

  85. geniusesq says: Sep 1, 2011 9:39 AM

    Maybe he’ll announce that a skilled team of NFL fans shot Jamie Dukes in the face.

  86. wferg1121 says: Sep 1, 2011 9:59 AM

    After obama care was passed, within 4 months I was laid off, spent 9 months on unemployment. I eventually got a job as a contractor, at the same job with no benefits, or medical vaca.. Just straight hourly rate.. I think everyone would agree that bush was crap, obama is crap now. All politicians are full of poopy, and I am voting for more “change”!

  87. zeussuperman says: Sep 1, 2011 3:48 PM

    Republicans constantly cry about how W got no respect, and yet they cheer Joe Wilson for screaming down a sitting president during a Presidential speech.

    That dog just won’t hunt.

  88. jerryrip says: Sep 1, 2011 5:08 PM

    It’s not Boehner’s fault. If you people would read the news more closely, you’d know that Boehner couldn’t get all the members of Congress in in time for the address. Plus he didn’t schedule the debate. This is all Obama.

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