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Obama reassures NFL fans: Speech will end before kickoff


With President Obama’s address to Congress set for Thursday, September 8 — the same night that the NFL season kicks off — fans were understandably concerned about TV coverage of politics cutting into TV coverage of football.

The White House is promising those fans they have nothing to worry about.

I can assure all you football fans that he will be completed before kickoff,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Obama’s speech will begin at 7 p.m. Eastern, and the Saints-Packers game that night doesn’t begin until 8:30. So there shouldn’t be any trouble getting the speech done in plenty of time.

Carney noted that Obama didn’t want to miss the game, either, saying, “It means he will have the opportunity to watch the game, like millions of other Americans.”

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  1. dldove77 says: Sep 1, 2011 6:31 PM

    Newsflash: No one would have missed the game if it started at 8:30pm EDT, either.

  2. trbowman says: Sep 1, 2011 6:32 PM

    Cool, I might vote for him now!


  3. howiefeltersnatch says: Sep 1, 2011 6:33 PM

    Unsportsmanlike campaigning, #0 of the receiving team…

  4. icewalker946 says: Sep 1, 2011 6:34 PM

    Now only if his term would end before kickoff…..

  5. blackgolddomination says: Sep 1, 2011 6:34 PM

    Wouldn’t want to miss out on any publicity. This guy hits up every single big event one way or another.

  6. readysethike says: Sep 1, 2011 6:35 PM

    but can he reassure that the economy will recover before he leaves office?

  7. scudbot says: Sep 1, 2011 6:36 PM

    May it’ll cut down on Cris Collinsworth’s opportunities to yap about nothing, if only slightly.

  8. deanvernonwormer says: Sep 1, 2011 6:38 PM

    Finally something and Obama and I agree on.

  9. eaglesfootballfan says: Sep 1, 2011 6:38 PM


  10. grndizzle says: Sep 1, 2011 6:38 PM


  11. benh999 says: Sep 1, 2011 6:38 PM

    If Obama’s Labor Day Long-Term Jobs speech is going to be a new yearly tradition (this is the second one in a row), maybe they should start to use it for the kickoff game’s halftime show every year.

  12. kilo0986 says: Sep 1, 2011 6:41 PM

    Is this gonna be another broken promise by obama?

  13. birdmantd says: Sep 1, 2011 6:41 PM

    Let’s keep the political rhetoric to a minimum, football fans. Plenty of other places online to share your viewpoint as far as that goes.

  14. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 1, 2011 6:42 PM

    And a job for every applicant…. A chicken in every pot…. Free college education for illegal immigrants…

  15. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 1, 2011 6:43 PM

    He just says whatever his handlers tell him people want to hear.

  16. keeponhating says: Sep 1, 2011 6:44 PM

    haha his polls are already in the toilet he doesn’t need nfl fans (more) pissed at him too

  17. sedcontra97 says: Sep 1, 2011 6:45 PM

    Someone should sabotage those teleprompters – then there would not be a speech at all.

  18. jrs1972 says: Sep 1, 2011 6:46 PM

    I’d like them to go head to head just so I can laugh at the ratings when the nfl crushes him

  19. RussianBreadMaker says: Sep 1, 2011 6:47 PM


  20. delshofner says: Sep 1, 2011 6:48 PM

    Bad clock management. If he starts at 7:00 p.m., I doubt he talks until 8:25, which would leave no time for the Republican rebuttal before kick-off.

    Jeez, Andy Reid could be President.

  21. schemefactory says: Sep 1, 2011 6:52 PM

    raise taxes on the rich, and you’ll really be a hero.

  22. edmazeing1 says: Sep 1, 2011 6:54 PM

    SMH Yep bush did so much better huh……Go Raiders!!!

  23. jackfnburton says: Sep 1, 2011 6:55 PM

    How dare the President lay out a plan for the economic future of our country when there’s staring at the TV to be done! An outrage!

  24. ntr0py says: Sep 1, 2011 6:56 PM

    I don’t have a problem with the Republicans pushing Obama to the 8th. They had a legitimate reason (the already scheduled televised presidential debate), even if they didn’t want to admit it.

    BUT, Obama should time things so that the Republican response to his speech is ignored because of the football game.

  25. medtxpack says: Sep 1, 2011 6:57 PM

    bitter bears fan…

  26. mike83ri says: Sep 1, 2011 7:00 PM

    “Oh my god! He’s going to watch a Football game while the country is falling apart! What a joke!”

    -Fox News magic 8-ball

  27. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 1, 2011 7:01 PM

    In all fairness, Bush wrecked the country… Obama just isn’t doing a good job of fixing it.

    I think it’s all Reagan’s fault.

  28. sh4doww4lker says: Sep 1, 2011 7:02 PM

    For those who choose to castigate the President, for everything — please enlighten me how it will be better under Republican rule.

    I am by no means happy with much of what I’ve seen lately — but unlike many on this forum, I fully understand the goals and objectives of the pervasive Big Business Washington Lobby–

    My opinion is–they really don’t represent 99% of us who post here.

  29. bostontim says: Sep 1, 2011 7:03 PM

    Don’t understand why he’s making a speech when he could be off on another vacation.

    Cheers, BostonTim

  30. stairwayto7 says: Sep 1, 2011 7:03 PM

    He needs to go on forever so fat, smelly uneducated and unemployed Packer fan can’t see there team! Game comes on when Packers down by 10 and Rodgers getting carted off field with broken fibula! Cancer survivors will applaude!!!

  31. bangbangbilly says: Sep 1, 2011 7:06 PM

    White house throwing around that promise word don’t know if I trust them now

  32. mumakata says: Sep 1, 2011 7:07 PM

    I would feel better if he assured us he was resigning before kickoff. We would be in much better shape.

  33. thejabronisayz says: Sep 1, 2011 7:13 PM

    Thumbs up if you’re going to be watching the kickoff regardless of whether or not Obama’s speech is over before then.

  34. canadianvikingfaniii says: Sep 1, 2011 7:14 PM

    Does that mean they are cutting out all the BS from the speech, or is it the truth they are leaving out?

  35. 7pints says: Sep 1, 2011 7:15 PM

    Hey Barack! No one cares about your speech. Useless rhetoric. Save it, Rockstar.

  36. moochzilla says: Sep 1, 2011 7:19 PM

    icewalker, that made me laugh.

    Clearly a cheesy attempt to goose the viewership for his speech which is about a year late (having gotten sucked into that childish tea party waste of time nonsense).

    Too bad the process also made him too like a total toolbag.

    And to think, the GOP has no one that can come within 60 electoral votes of him. He’s the 2011 Seahawks, thoroughlt mediocre but up against a clownish division.

  37. duncanthecat says: Sep 1, 2011 7:19 PM

    Obama=Jimmy Carter.

    Same lame speeches from 30 plus years ago.

  38. blackgolddomination says: Sep 1, 2011 7:20 PM

    There’s only one way for him to get my vote: Find a way to get rid of Goodell… Hmmmm…. Cuba?

  39. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 1, 2011 7:24 PM

    “Does that mean they are cutting out all the BS from the speech, or is it the truth they are leaving out?”

    The BS is what they like to call “talking points”.
    That’s all it will be. There won’t be any truth to be left out. Just a bunch of words strung together that, at the end of it all, mean nothing.

  40. harpoo51 says: Sep 1, 2011 7:31 PM

    Postponing this useless speech for 24 wouldn’t kill him would it? It’s not like one day will make that much difference to the unemployed considering how his plan wouldn’t help immediately anyway. Save the speech for Friday…..better yet save it forever boob!

  41. contraryguy says: Sep 1, 2011 7:38 PM

    After this post-season, it would have been appropriately ironic if politics delayed the start of the season even just 15 minutes more… the only difference is we’re not rid of these jokers when the talking is over.

  42. imjinbrdgr says: Sep 1, 2011 7:39 PM

    I hope everybody knows this was all about the Republicans not want to change timing on one of their 10 plus debates.

  43. scudbot says: Sep 1, 2011 7:55 PM

    12 thumbs down? There are actually 12 people who post here who like Collinsworth’s commentary?

  44. rpiotr01 says: Sep 1, 2011 8:00 PM

    “With this stimulus package, unemployment will not rise above 8%”

    “With these hundreds of millions of federal dollars, these green energy companies will prosper and spur intensive job growth in the renewable energy sector”

    “My jobs speech will be over well before kickoff”

  45. packmanfan says: Sep 1, 2011 8:06 PM

    So the NFL won’t yield for I’ll-Bomb-Ya but I’ll-Bomb-Ya will yield to the NFL.

    Shows ya whose really running this county.

  46. sandzel says: Sep 1, 2011 8:07 PM

    Obama has more hot air in him than whats in all the footballs being used in the game!!!

    Obama is Jimmy Carters love child!

  47. ochoverated says: Sep 1, 2011 8:08 PM

    “imjinbrdgr says: Sep 1, 2011 7:39 PM

    I hope everybody knows this was all about the Republicans not want to change timing on one of their 10 plus debates.”

    I’m sure everybody knows that the Republican debate was already scheduled, if it was soooooo important then maybe Barry should have gave his lip service before his vacation.

  48. nuclearwarfare says: Sep 1, 2011 8:18 PM

    *Insert some witty comment slamming the President so that I look like I know what I’m talking about here.*

  49. wetdentist says: Sep 1, 2011 8:22 PM

    sucks we are still paying bigtime for the “mushroom cloud” & “yellow cake” speech from ’03.

  50. firstand4ever says: Sep 1, 2011 8:28 PM

    Expect congress to purposely delay the speech so that it interferes with the start of the game. This way, Barack can get be blamed for yet another thing.

    Barack should just break down the Packers-Saints game in his speech.In true politician fashion, He can pick both teams to win.

    By now, It’s become painfully obvious. That even though Obama is the head coach. He has not been allowed to call any plays on offense or defense. His whole coaching staff has been trying to get him fired since he got the job.

  51. jdbaker1860 says: Sep 1, 2011 8:40 PM

    You are wrong. The debate was already set BEFORE he wanted air time. Read what started this whole mess and you will see. Now he wants to say the same thing just like all you Obama supports do. It’s the GOPs fault blaa blaa blaa! He came to my state Pa and stood in a factory bragging about his stimulus plan helped them and 4 months later they had to close. This guy is a joke. His job plans are a joke and you blind supporters are a joke. Keep you Change and stay out of private business. Like stopping AT&T from merging to save Tmobile. No let them shut down and lose more jobs. Brilliant!

  52. captaintriumph says: Sep 1, 2011 8:46 PM

    And I’m sure his predictions, as usual, will be for victories for teams from swing states. Did you see his NCAA brackets the last couple years? He picked all the teams from swing-states.

  53. cburmester85 says: Sep 1, 2011 8:50 PM

    I encounter enough dopes talking out in society on a daily basis, I sure don’t need one talking when the first game of the NFL season is going on.

  54. mrfusion123 says: Sep 1, 2011 8:51 PM

    “With this stimulus package, unemployment will not rise above 8%”


    Just another lie spouted out by an ignorant Tea Bagger…..just like the “apology tour,” “climategate,” “tax cuts create jobs,” or the birth certificate.

  55. cowboyfan45 says: Sep 1, 2011 9:02 PM

    I can assure you Obama, I won’t be listening to your lame speech anyway, I wouldn’t be hearing anything new in your bashfest speech that I haven’t heard from you already numerous times over the last two years, obama is like a broken record

  56. mornelithe says: Sep 1, 2011 9:05 PM

    Jobs > Football

    No offense to the fans or anything, but this should have happened the day before anyway. Regardless, jobs take precedent, so even if it cuts into game-time, so be it.

  57. therealsmiley says: Sep 1, 2011 9:10 PM

    Thank God most of you don’t vote. Stick to football knuckleheads.

  58. gritsmaker says: Sep 1, 2011 9:12 PM

    just remember football fans our politicans tell us our country is broke but nfl owners gave out some big money to have men play a game.

    wake up and enjoy the season.

  59. vabillsfan says: Sep 1, 2011 9:21 PM

    was looking forward to the NBC pregame show — guess i’ll have to watch ESPN…. bleh

  60. 4dabears says: Sep 1, 2011 9:30 PM

    atta boy!

  61. joelvis72 says: Sep 1, 2011 9:32 PM

    President Andrew Reid is starting to sound better the more I think about it.

  62. bodybag91 says: Sep 1, 2011 9:32 PM

    Barrack Obama, the Matt Millen of Washington DC

  63. animal47 says: Sep 1, 2011 9:47 PM

    Something else is missing from this.. What about pre-game show?

    Its my understanding that NBC is going all out on this…so what happens with the pre game festiivities?

  64. sh4doww4lker says: Sep 1, 2011 9:51 PM

    The moderator must be adding to the thumbs up and capping the thumbs down anti Obama posts ………’s just toooooooooo obvious

    2 -1 against him not happening

  65. theduuuuuuuuuude says: Sep 1, 2011 9:55 PM

    Nothing but reactionaries and populists here.

  66. iminurheadz says: Sep 1, 2011 9:56 PM

    is this or

    is chris mathews running this place

  67. whichiwhichwawa says: Sep 1, 2011 10:17 PM

    Don’t you need an actual ‘plan’ to give a speech about the ‘plan’? Did I just pull a Rumsfeld???

  68. cleverbob says: Sep 1, 2011 10:24 PM

    Everyone knows Barack Obama is the only politician that uses a teleprompter for prepared speeches. We’re all so smart.

  69. db3300 says: Sep 1, 2011 10:27 PM

    The speech will end before kickoff and its meaningful content will end before he steps to the podium.

  70. darthhitman says: Sep 1, 2011 10:37 PM

    Do his bosses agree to this?

  71. kevinbobrow says: Sep 1, 2011 10:39 PM

    This is great… Does this say something about the relative importance Americans place on sports vs. politics? There would be a general uproar if we were forced to watch our President give a speech and we missed football. I love it.

  72. toosano says: Sep 1, 2011 10:40 PM

    Well, we do have our priorities, don’t we?

  73. jbcommonsense says: Sep 1, 2011 10:45 PM

    Enjoy a good laugh!:—the-poor-s-free-ride-is-over

  74. scoresreport says: Sep 1, 2011 10:47 PM

    I think this comment thread has been hijacked by the cast from Deliverance.

  75. flabtreesports says: Sep 1, 2011 10:51 PM

    Most PFT comments, and commenters, are inherently stupid. It is therefore not surprising to see spoon-fed Hannitized crap churned out in comment after comment on a post like this.

  76. harpoo51 says: Sep 1, 2011 10:57 PM

    If this joint address to Congress is so damn important why doesn’t he give it NOW?

  77. packmanfan says: Sep 1, 2011 11:07 PM

    stairwayto7 says:
    Sep 1, 2011 7:03 PM
    He needs to go on forever so fat, smelly uneducated and unemployed Packer fan can’t see there team! Game comes on when Packers down by 10 and Rodgers getting carted off field with broken fibula! Cancer survivors will applaude!!!
    Your stairway is out of order.


  78. ripcurl2121 says: Sep 1, 2011 11:18 PM

    shows you what a narcissistic out of touch d-bag this jerk is. he actually thinks people even care what the hell he has to say. everyone knows he is a serial liar and he doesnt even know it. he’s a pathetic joke

  79. cahootie says: Sep 1, 2011 11:18 PM

    I think NBC should hire Dennis Miller for color commentary of the Presidents speech. Maybe put Madden on the Telestrator. And Siragusa on the sidelines.

  80. ripcurl2121 says: Sep 1, 2011 11:20 PM

    hey maobama, no one will watch you anyway so dont worry about it. every word out of your mouth that you read off your teleprompter is a lie, and we all know that.

    your done – keep living it up now on our dime you looter because in a little over a year your out on your big jugears.

    what a loser

  81. anallover says: Sep 1, 2011 11:27 PM

    How convenient we get our football back and President Obama decides to comeback from vacation number 10.

  82. PurpleRaid18 says: Sep 1, 2011 11:31 PM

    Some of you people are sad. I completely agree that everyone is entitled to their opinion when it comes to politics, but for God’s sake if I had a nickel for every Republican I heard bitch, I could get the U.S. out of the Debt Bush put us in.

  83. wiscnsnpatfan says: Sep 1, 2011 11:33 PM

    Holy crap!!! I actually agree with something schemefactory said. Miracles DO happen, I guess.

  84. gottapoop says: Sep 1, 2011 11:42 PM

    Love when a president puts entertainment over duties..”Will have saddams trial after the basketball season, well the bulls season that is”

  85. tacobeater says: Sep 2, 2011 12:07 AM

    That’s just great.

    There is nothing I love more than listening to a career politician lecture us by playing the class warefare card again, blaming the previous administration again, telling us that it is big business and the “Wall Street Fat Cats” holding us down line. At this point, I’m half expecting him to start saying it was the gypsies. I find it ironic that a man who has no economic education, no business experience, no private sector experience thinks he has all of the answers. He had is shot and it was an epic fail with the bailouts and stimulus. But now!!! Oh wait, more of bailouts and stimulus and more class warefare…that will work. What a loaf of toilet meat!

    Soylent green is people!

  86. tacobeater says: Sep 2, 2011 12:12 AM

    Why the hell to I keep spelling warfare as warefare? I’m awful . 😦

  87. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 2, 2011 12:13 AM

    @therealsmiley. Last time I checked this is a FOOTBALL WEBSITE. Us knuckleheads will stick to football and you take care of the politics. But why don’t u stick to politics some place else. Like where there’s smart people and stuff don’t waste your time on here. Sorry the website named that u stumbled upon was not what u thought it was. Don’t u hate it when that happens

  88. blackcatnfl says: Sep 2, 2011 12:38 AM

    He won’t deliver the speech during the football game? Oh no, another brilliant GOP plan foiled again.

  89. mnpacker says: Sep 2, 2011 12:54 AM

    Your all correct. Having the most stressful job in America deserves no vacations at all. Am I right pro-bush guys?

    “We’re gonna get those terrorists, now watch this drive”

  90. lionsletdie says: Sep 2, 2011 2:41 AM

    Just so you know, at this point in their terms, Bush (180 days) and Reagan (112 days) had taken 2-3 times more vacation days than Obama (61 days). Read this morons,

    On a similar note, Clinton (D) took the least vacations days of recent presidents at 28 days.

    You people should try using the internet for gaining knowledge, not just posting idiotic garbage.

    Go Lions!

  91. gobills716 says: Sep 2, 2011 3:44 AM

    only in America….

  92. therealsmiley says: Sep 2, 2011 5:40 AM

    Hopefully there’s an NFL game on voting day!!

  93. ttebow15 says: Sep 2, 2011 5:52 AM

    Obama reminds me of Josh McDaniels, book smart but horrible leader of men. In fact he is worse then Josh because Josh tried to lead, Obama is to scared of political outcome to even attempt it. That is why he never puts his plan on the table. We are seeing the Nancy white house, at least she has ball even though her legislation is massively hurting the country.

  94. cleverbob says: Sep 2, 2011 7:51 AM

    If this joint address to Congress is so damn important why doesn’t he give it NOW?

    Proof that commenters are complaining without bothering to read the posts. Congress doesn’t come back from THEIR vacation (the horror) until Wednesday, the 7th, the date that Obama originally wanted for his address.

  95. pjmarn6 says: Sep 2, 2011 7:15 PM

    Instead of making a speech, he should be behind his desk listening to independent economists telling him how to fix the mess he made. Jesus this guy works 9-5 and takes time out to watch football instead of doing his homework!

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