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No, Your Majesty, Congress Will Not Be Available Wednesday

By on 8.31.11 | 6:08PM

Will Sergeant at Arms Wilson Livingood slam the doors of the House of Representatives shut in President Obama's face if he shows up uninvited Wednesday?

The president has asked to address a joint session of Congress that day in order to deliver for the umpteenth time another dreary, excuse-filled teleprompted oration on how he's going to magically create new jobs for Americans.

The Obama White House doesn't give a farthing's cuss that a high-stakes Republican presidential candidates' debate has been scheduled for the same evening at the Reagan Library.

Obama flak Jay Carney says the timing is a fluke. As the Washington Examiner reports:

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the timing of the speech is not aimed at overshadowing the next Republican debate, which is cosponsored by NBC News and Politico, and is scheduled to air at the same time as the planned presidential address. 

"It is coincidental," Carney said. "It is one debate of many [that will air] on one channel of many... [and] there are many other factors here" to consider when scheduling a major address from the president, he added.

Of course, anyone who believes the timing is coincidental hasn't been paying attention to our president for the last few years.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is having none of it. He sent a letter to the White House recommending another day for the speech. Good for him.

It is clear that President Obama may not dictate to Congress when he shall address it.

The tradition that the head of state must at least implicitly seek the permission of the legislature in order to appear in person and address it has a long and storied history in Anglo-American governance.

In England the House of Commons goes so far as to ceremonially slam the doors of the chamber in the face of the Queen's representative, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, to remind all in that green and pleasant land that the Commons is independent of the monarch.

Perhaps it's time some doors be slammed in the face of America's would-be monarch.

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