Obama vs. Boehner speech spat: Another sign of presidential disrespect?
For the first time, Congress refused a president's request to speak before a joint session. Some Dems see this as part of a pattern of disrespect toward Obama.
The spat between the White House and House Speaker John Boehner is now settled: the President will address a joint session of Congress on Sept. 8, jousting with opening night of the NFL season instead of the previously-scheduled Republican presidential debate the night prior.
On one level, the tiff is just another example of the kind of Washington bickering that has become standard fare of late. But thereâ€™s one aspect of this story that may have legs â€” if it provides the presidentâ€™s supporters with yet another piece of evidence that he is not being treated with the deference due (and typically given) the President of the United States. (The presidentâ€™s request to appear before a joint session of Congress on Sept. 7 was turned down for what may have been the first time in history.)
Last month, the Progressive National Baptist Convention - a religious denomination that began in support of Martin Luther King Jrâ€™s civil rights agenda - issued a resolution decrying the â€śdisrespectâ€ť President Obama has encountered since taking office.
The resolution cited South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson shouting â€śyou lieâ€ť during the presidentâ€™s healthcare speech before Congress (in reaction to Obama saying that illegal immigrants wouldnâ€™t be covered under his plan) and Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn saying in an interview that he didnâ€™t want to â€śbe associatedâ€ť with Obama because it was â€ślike touching a tar baby â€¦ you know, you are stuck, and you are part of the problem.â€ť
â€śConventional wisdom suggests if comments like these were targeted to past holders of this nationâ€™s highest office of another/preferred hue,â€ť the resolution reads, â€śserious repercussive actions would have immediately followed those making said comments.â€ť
In addition, progressive firebrand Al Sharpton called the Speakerâ€™s refusal part of a â€śgame of disrespectâ€ť on his show on MSNBC.
Will Speaker Boehnerâ€™s pushback â€” answering the presidentâ€™s request to address Congress on Sept 7 by instead insisting he appear on Sept. 8 â€” be seen as yet another example?
- In another case of life imitating art, this whole story reminded Decoder of a recent Onion headline: Obama Turns 50 Despite Republican Opposition.
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