After consulting with President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner has invited him to address a joint session of Congress at 7 pm EDT on Sept. 8. —and Obama has accepted.
Boehner’s office said Obama requested the 7 p.m. time slot, which will solve one programming problem while creating a time zone problem. A 7 pm start will allow Obama to avoid competing with pre-game coverage of the first game of the 2011 NFL season. The opening contest pits the defending Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers against the New Orleans Saints, who won the Super Bowl the year before.
But the pre-prime time start on the East Coast puts Obama on TV sets at 4 p.m. on the West Coast, where millions will be at work, in traffic coming home from work or retrieving children from post-school activities.
Obama is trumped not only by a candidate debate in his preferred time slot (and he and his advisers should have known that he wouldn't win that battle), but now he can't even make it into primetime in most of the country due to a football game.
The White House is supposedly pissed off about this -- but let's be honest -- this is an embarrassment of their own making. After all, throwing one's weight around only works if one has the heft to pull it off...