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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:27 PM

Boehner invites Obama for State of the Union on February 12

Source: CNN

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner sent a letter Friday to President Barack Obama formally inviting him to deliver the first State of the Union address of his second term on February 12.

In the letter, Boehner wrote "Our nation continues to face immense challenges, and the American people expect us to work together in the new year to find meaningful solutions."

"This will require a willingness to seek common ground as well as presidential leadership," Boehner continued. "For that reason, the Congress and the Nation would welcome an opportunity to hear your plan and specific solutions for addressing America's great challenges."

Last year Obama delivered his State of the Union address on January 24. Topics for this year's address could include ongoing battles with Congress over the federal debt, tighter gun control laws, and a revamp of the nation's immigration laws, which Obama has vowed to tackle during his second term in the White House.

Read more: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/11/boehner-invites-obama-for-state-of-the-union-on-february-12/



I wonder what President Obama thinks about having to wait until February instead of delivering the speech in January.
Since Lincoln's birthday is February 12th perhaps Obama will be okay with the date.


UPDATE:

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The White House says it has accepted the invitation.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/11/state-of-the-union-2013_n_2456588.html

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Reply Boehner invites Obama for State of the Union on February 12 (Original post)
Tx4obama Jan 2013 OP
samsingh Jan 2013 #1
former9thward Jan 2013 #2
djean111 Jan 2013 #3
Cha Jan 2013 #4
Drunken Irishman Jan 2013 #5
Tx4obama Jan 2013 #6
BumRushDaShow Jan 2013 #7

Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:28 PM

1. i don't think it means anything

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:32 PM

2. The White House sets the date.

Boehner issues the formal letter once he finds out what date the WH wants.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:33 PM

3. Does Obama have to take whatever date oehner gives him?

I thought the date was already decided, in January.
Seems high-handed.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:34 PM

4. It's Perfect. Thanks, TX

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:36 PM

5. Traditionally, the President gives his SOTU in February when he's reelected...

Since his Inaugural Address will be given in late January.

Bush gave his on February 2nd, 2005. Clinton gave his on February 4th, 1997. Reagan gave his on February 6th, 1985. So, not much difference.

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:48 PM

6. Thanks for the info. I just assumed it would be in January, but I forgot about the ...


... the inauguration being this year - so it makes sense that they would want a little time between the two big speeches.



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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 06:12 PM

7. February 12th is also Lincoln's Birthday

Heh...

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