Well, the Sergeant-at-Arms won’t be put into an awkward position. President Obama has agreed to address a joint session of Congress on September 8th, rather than September 7th. Of course, a debate amongst the GOP candidates at the Reagan Library had been scheduled that night. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney insisted the scheduling was entirely coincidental. Even if we are to give Carney the benefit of the doubt, the Obama Administration has only itself to blame for yet another unnecessary kerfuffle.
But now that Congress has agreed to hear President Obama speak about jobs does he have anything to offer? Because when Obama visits an employer to tout them as success stories due to his economic policies those companies have a tendency towards ending up in the red and turning the page to Chapter 11. Today, California-based Solyndra announced it was closing its doors and laying off 1,100 employees despite general federal subsidies. Allentown Metal Works suffered the same fate a year ago. Heck, all Obama need do is mention a business by name and he puts a hex on it as was the case with a restaurant in Toledo he claimed was an indirect beneficiary of the auto bailout.
I am sure that every CEO in the country is praying that Obama sees fit not to mention their company in his speech next week.