Presidential address could conflict with NFL’s opening night

Reuters

There’s an intriguing political scrum that could make things very interesting for the NFL and NBC next Thursday night.

As explained by the Associated Press (among others), President Obama wants to address a joint session of Congress on the evening of September 7, to lay out his new jobs proposal.  But that conflicts with a California debate of Republican presidential candidates.  The debate will be televised by MSNBC.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has declined, citing not the debate but the impact of a time-consuming “security sweep” on the activities of Congress that day, the first day on which the legislative body returns to work.  Boehner has suggested as an alternative:  September 8.

And on September 8, the Packers host the Saints on NBC.

Either way, NBC is caught in the middle.  If Obama — a Bears fans — opts to try to overshadow the kickoff to the NFL season, and if NBC opts to televise the address to Congress on MSNBC and to proceed with the football game on NBC, the ratings could be phenomenal, given that the NFL would be the only major-network alternative for the millions of folks who have decided that the latest developments in partisan politics no longer need to witnessed live.

Or at all.

UPDATE (10:14 p.m. ET):  It’s official.  The speech has been moved to September 8.

90 responses to “Presidential address could conflict with NFL’s opening night

  1. They move debates and political speeches in Canada, in Quebec last year they even moved an election, to cover Hockey, I don’t see the problem of having it on other networks. Reality is there is so much exposure in the media nowadays so if you want to watch the president you can find him pretty easily.

  2. Jeez, Obama would not be trying to interfere with the game. He would be running the country. Maybe the Republicans should agree to the original date. But then they’d have to compromise with a black man, something they are genetically not be able to do.

  3. “President Obama wants to address a joint session of Congress to lay out his new jobs proposal.”

    Hmm, watch that mess on every other network or watch the kickoff of the NFL season on NBC? Yeah I agree, ratings could be phenomenal.

  4. ez decision…football is more important , then the two headed monster…aka republicans, & democrats….show the game, and Obama can reschedule.

  5. What football?

    Watch the narcissist in chief?

    Damn, guess I need another drink to make up my mind…

  6. We’ve learned that Obama has no clue how to play offense anyway, so he might as well fumble the speech intentionally and let the other side run with it.

  7. Well Obama’s speech will be something every American should listen to. But who cares when football is on?

  8. Hmmmm listen to Obama tell people he has a plan as Unemployment hits 15% or actually watch some of the only people who have jobs in the USA play football! I pick football.

    The only question is what will be higher by the election his approval rating or the unemployment #’s!

    Sad but we need a new President now!

  9. No need to understand the fact that the President wants 9/7. I am certain that Grand Wizard Bush could get some of the bloggers to turn off football in the same set of circumstances. As the Word says… How can two walk together lest they agree?

  10. burgandyandgold says: Aug 31, 2011 7:49 PM

    Jeez, Obama would not be trying to interfere with the game. He would be running the country. Maybe the Republicans should agree to the original date. But then they’d have to compromise with a black man, something they are genetically not be able to do.

    ————————————-

    Exactly! Although we should be fair – it’s not his being black that prevents them from getting along with him, it’s that he’s slightly less inclined to help rich, old white men get everything they desire as the Republicans are.

    So while I’m sure that personally, a lot of the Republicans dislike Obama’s blackness, much of their obstruction here really only relates to them being power hungry d-bags.

  11. Let’s see, Saints vs Packers at Lambeau Field for the first game of the NFL season against an Obama speech. That’s like deciding between the Super Bowl and a fishing show. The NFL would love that matchup.

  12. No need to go up against the Football. The President’s job plan has 3 easy steps:

    1. Steal underwear
    2.
    3. Profit

  13. Well the masses are already PO’d about the unemployment rate, taxes, immigrations issues, the economy….etc. etc. etc. Let’s just give everyone one more reason to alienate everyone in the sports loving world.

  14. NFL > Obama.

    He won’t repeat anything we have not already heard. He will just try to blame republicans. He will just try to make everyone think he can fix this mess but in three years he has not.

    Hopefully Obama = One Term President

    Obama = Worst President since Jimmy Carter

  15. The President should just give the speech right before kickoff. Obama can close with, “…and God bless America. Now, are you ready for some football?”

  16. People are ignorant. They rather read chain-mail and believe whatever talking head spouts crap out of their mouth or heard second hand.

    I never seen a President under so much disrespect. I thought Bush got bashed, but his term(s) look cozy.

    John Boehner wants the 8th. So quit the hate and show a bit of intellect.

    or Just hit the thumb down to prove you’re a moron. And I’d be saying this if the Parties were switched…

  17. Why does every friggin channel have to cover a propaganda speech ? I mean isn’t that what C-Span is for anyway??

    In case you do not know this the U.S. is a REPUBLIC not a democracy, I don’t have to nor need to listen to the President b/c we elected representatives to do so on our behalf.

    During the last congressional election I voted for some d-bag who got elected and part of the perks besides the free health care , gym membership and company car was that he has to go and listen to this crap live in person so I don’t have to.

  18. Like it or not, NBC will not televise NFL over a Presidential speech.

    The California debate will be moved. (and we will all set our DVRs for that)

  19. haha Boehner. parents sould have named him Hugh G. Boehner. don’t even bother with an actual middle name, just the letter G. anyway, ratings…politics…meh. proFOOTBALLtalk.

  20. Whats the point? He says the same thing every time he speaks but nothing changes. How’s that last jobs plan or stimulus plan working? Give more to the welfare and less to the middle class didn’t work out so now what? More construction jobs for the unions that are killing this country? The whole things a joke! The real question is, how you like your change now?

  21. My fellow Americans:
    We’ve long had Separation of Church and State.

    I propose an amendment to the constitution to facilitate the “Separation of Football and State”.
    I’d also like to slide into this amendment a ban on talking politics on PFT….
    What say ye?

  22. actually the republican debate has been scheduled for months. actually, it is protocol for bam to ask for a date to speak to congress and negotiate it out, not just say when he will do it. actually bam doesnt have a clue how to govern, he is just campaigning. and congress isnt going to use any of his dumba$$ commie ideas anyway. even the senate voted down bam’s budget 97-0. and everything bammy says is a rerun anyway. bam is obstructing the constitution. and he doesnt compromise because he wants to call everyone racist anyway. he isnt from here and has never run anything anyway. he has no useful experience. not then and not now. him being black doesnt prevent other people from working with him. him being black prevents him from working with anyone.

  23. It’ll be carried on plenty of other stations. No need for NBC to carry it if it happens.

    Maybe he’ll wear a Packers jersey for the speech.

  24. Jobs proposal? Seriously? Beat it, BO. Jobs will start coming back when you’re out of office

    Let’s get this season started, enough with all this offseason nonsense.

  25. So… Obama will schedule his addresses AROUND Dancing with the Stars, but not the NFL’s opener???

    Are we getting punked?

  26. burgandyandgold says:
    Aug 31, 2011 7:49 PM
    Jeez, Obama would not be trying to interfere with the game. He would be running the country. Maybe the Republicans should agree to the original date. But then they’d have to compromise with a black man, something they are genetically not be able to do.
    ====================================

    Play that race card in hopes that it can distract from a president that has proved why he was the least qualified candidate .
    Obama = Joker.

  27. Never before has a President been refused a request to address a joint session of Congress. Boner’s insult is predictable and expected from a party that’s holding the national economy hostage over their hatred of the President, the Democratic Party and the middle class. The President will speak on Wed. from the White House, Republicans be damned. And we’ll all be watching football the next evening, including the President.

  28. This headline is wrong. It should actually read: “Republicans whining and insistence on never agreeing with the President over anything may cause speech to be moved back a day for no good reason.”

  29. I think he’ll keep it Wednesday. My understanding is they are going to now do it from the Oval Office. No one will watch then, either.

  30. John Boehner is the devil.

    Seriously. My wife, who knows nothing about politics, saw him in his little debt-ceiling press conference (and when does anyone but the president even GET airtime? What was up with that?) and without knowing ANYTHING about him, his politics or anything else, before he even opened his mouth, she said “Oh my God….he looks evil.”

  31. burgandyandgold says:
    Aug 31, 2011 7:49 PM
    Jeez, Obama would not be trying to interfere with the game. He would be running the country. Maybe the Republicans should agree to the original date. But then they’d have to compromise with a black man, something they are genetically not be able to do.

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

    I love it how liberals only defense is to pull out THE RACE CARD!!

    Liberal: Republicans dont like obama because he’s BLACK!

    In reality, the people who voted for obama just because he is black are the real racists.

    I am a republican and the reason why i dont like obama is because of his policies. He is a socialist. In his own words he wants to “spread the wealth around” which is clearly a socialist logic. I want to quote Margarett Thatcher on this “The problem with socialism is that you run out of other people’s money to spend.” Obama thinks he is ABOVE the law. He is a worst president than Jimmy Carter. He is Bush 2.0. Obama has continued Bush’s policies and have made things worst. When Bush left office we were 9 trillion in debt and that took him 8 years to do. Obama is in office for less than one term and we are at 14.6 trillion. Something you all should check out before obama became president is his voting record. Might I point out he voted for everything Bush put on the table. Now to get to what Obama doing now with the GOP debate and NFL Football… all i have to say is CHICAGO POLITICS AS USUAL!

  32. NFL football or political football? Should be an easy choice. First we endure a lockout and now this?

  33. jsratx says:
    Aug 31, 2011 8:59 PM

    So… Obama will schedule his addresses AROUND Dancing with the Stars, but not the NFL’s opener???

    Are we getting punked?
    ————————————————

    John Boehner is the one who is trying to get the speech scheduled for the 8th. Can you read?

  34. Love all the Obama hate. Either there’s a whole lotta rich republicans posting here or you people really don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. Boehner is a total loser bent on returning the country to the Bush era. Unfortunately most of America has forgotten what that was like and has instead blamed everything on the black guy.

  35. just set the record for mnf ratings.
    just set the record for superbowl ratings.
    opening kick off ratings next? …
    better believe it. Go! Pack! Go!

  36. Kdpatriots, first off, your numbers are crap. Bush added 8 trillion in debt making the total 11 trillion when Obama took office. On top of that, 2009 was still Bush’s budget. We’ve only had a year and a half running on O’s budget. Turn off Fox news.

    And in the same sentence you’re calling O a socialist (which is actually a very good thing for about 95% of the country) you’re calling him Bush 2.0. Can’t have it both ways. And in case you didn’t realize it, regulations are good things for people. So are unions, and social security, medicare and medicaid and unemployment and all the other social programs implemented by the dems that the GOP hates.

    Folks, the GOP only cares about the rich and it uses God to sell it’s crap to the poor. Wake up!

  37. bigjimatch says:
    Aug 31, 2011 8:11 PM
    No need to go up against the Football. The President’s job plan has 3 easy steps:

    1. Steal underwear
    2.
    3. Profit
    ————————————————————

    The 2 who gave a thumbs down don’t get it.
    MMMMMMMMkay

  38. the petulant child obama is a serial lier, no one listens to him anyway because they know anytime he opens his dumb mouth, a lie comes out of it. this guy is completely irrelevent and thank god he’s gone in a year before he can destroy the country anymore

  39. who cares what Jimmy carter has to say………..oops I mean Obama, doesn’t matter anyway since he’ll have the same thing in common with Carter, both will be a one term president and leave the country in a complete and utter disaster

  40. BHO’s campaign speech is dead on arrival. He can’t create any new jobs because he’s not caring about creating new jobs. He just wants to stay in office, undeservedly. Fact is, the economy won’t improve until he’s outta there.

    BHO just wants to spend more of this Republic’s money, money we don’t have; and use this imaginary, borrowed from the Chinese and the Saudis and/or printed on toilet paper money to give to moochers so’s he can attract their votes. It’s that time again, to ‘community organize’ the moochers.

    Let’s play football and forget about this bumbler for a few hours.

  41. So the point that everyone seems to be missing is that the republican Boehner declares securing an all ready secure capitol for a POTUS speech is too obtrusive….are you effing kidding me?

    However the tone above implies that he should act more like a republican…done!

    When handed an intelligence briefing entitled: Bin Laden determined to strike America, remain on vacation for 21 days. In fact average 6 weeks on vacation every year in office (just like those socialists in Europe).

    When the words “Sir, America is under attack” sit motionless, p#ss your self, then run to Air Force One where you fly AWAY from Washington like a 12 year old girl.

    Fail to get OBL and start a second war costing thousands of lives and trillions of dollars.

    Have your VP and his chief of staff commit treason and do nothing; in fact pardon the chief of staff before leaving office.

    Better get going BO your way behind.

  42. Well, with regard to this scheduling, I’ll go with the Constitutional Stud, Ron Paul, and just say: “Let the States decide!” 😉

    (Unless you’re a Ron Paul fan, don’t bother trying to get the joke.)

  43. The idiocy of those who think BHO has anything productive to say is laughable. He is a bumbling idiot who has, and will, accomplish nothing besides attempting to destroy our country. His presidency could erase a century and a half of the accomplishments of self-made Americans such as myself. A tragedy.

  44. allisab says: Aug 31, 2011 7:49 PM

    Boehner sucks.
    175 voted yes
    225 voted no!

    The posts on this site are hilarious.. Yes, you can rail on Obama all you want, it’s deserved… But as soon as you say Boehner sucks, that’s wrong?.. You really think those two are any different?? If you do, I feel sorry for you.. They are one in the same.. They don’t work for you..

  45. kdppatriots-” When Bush left office we were 9 trillion in debt and that took him 8 years to do. Obama is in office for less than one term and we are at 14.6 trillion.”

    ————————————————————-

    Only 4 trillion of that 9 trillion was on Bush’s watch.

    0 has already surpassed Bush’s entire presidency.

  46. Fact: Obama is giving Bush & Carter a run for their mony as worst president ever.

    Our elected officials are scum bags. All of them. They only represent themselves. They are all rich and happy. They profit by dividing our country, which most of you seem to happily play into. Obama is a idiot who has absolutely no experience at anything. Bush is an even bigger idiot.

    Deal with it.

  47. Boehner has simply forgotten that football is important to a lot of people.

    That is completely understandable considering Ohio is home to both the Bengals and the Browns. Both of which are completely forgettable teams.

    That said, maybe Congress can come back early and get back to work on our country’s issues.

    Yeah right. The only reason Congress would come back early is to vote themselves another pay increase.

  48. drevilstolemymojito says:
    Aug 31, 2011 7:49 PM
    Wow, I’d never allow myself to be photographed with that d-bag. You decide who.
    —————————————————————————————————- something tells me you couldn’t get a photo with the local fat girl down the street.

  49. Kdpatriots, first off, your numbers are crap. Bush added 8 trillion in debt making the total 11 trillion when Obama took office. On top of that, 2009 was still Bush’s budget. We’ve only had a year and a half running on O’s budget. Turn off Fox news.

    ———————————————————————-

    Congress sets the budget. Bush worked with what the Democratically-controlled Congress gave him. You obviously flunked government class.

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