Tonight President Obama will address a special session of Congress on the subject of jobs and America’s other economic ailments. His address comes with a lot of heightened expectations. He usually knocks these things out of the park but tonight there are some real consequences if he doesn’t. His numbers are becoming worrisome and the unemployment problem in this country is simply not getting any better.

In a further attempt to prove he watches Fox News and believes everything he sees, House Speaker John Boehner has invited a dozen of his richest friends to the speech in an obvious attempt to draw parallels between jobs and obscenely well-to-do people.

“Speaker John Boehner announced Thursday that twelve “job creators” will sit in the speaker’s box at President Barack Obama’s joint address to Congress tonight.

Boehner said that each of these guests exemplify regulations that have effected businesses around the United States…

…The additional attendees include: Spencer Weitman, president of National Cement, Kaleil Tuzman, chairman and CEO of Kit Digital, Glenn Rieger, partner at NewSpring Capitol, Eric Treiber, president of Chicago White Metal Casting, Lisa Ingram, COO of White Castle, Jim Plante, CEO of Pathway Cenomics, Ignacio Urrabazo, president of Commerce Bank, Chris George, CEO of CMG Finance Company, Rock Katschnig, farmer, Safi Bahcall, president and CEO of Synta Pharmaceuticals, Gordon Logan, CEO of Sports Clips and Jack Earle, managing partner at Earle Enterprises.” – CNN

Sure. That’s exactly what Congress needs. More rich people. Why won’t there be any unemployed people there? How about homeless people? Will anyone in the room tonight ever have been forced to declare bankruptcy or had their house foreclosed on? I doubt it. And, as it turns out, several high profile Republicans in both houses won’t be there either.

“…at least five Republican members of Congress-two senators and three representatives –plan on sitting out the president’s jobs speech before a Thursday joint session of Congress.

Call it an act of defiance, protest, or a simple “scheduling conflict”-some members just have other plans.”

I suppose it’s possible that a member of the U.S. Congress might already have plans on a Thursday evening. I do. Although it’s pretty much dirty diapers and cheap vodka for me. Still, it’s something. And in all honesty I would probably just watch it at home too where I’m free to rub one out should the mood strike me.

Obama’s dilemma is clear I think. He can deliver a rousing, masterful speech that tells us nothing new, in which case his prospects for reelection are in serious jeopardy. Or, he can deliver a rousing, masterful speech in which he lays out new ideas and calls on the Congress to enact them. Then he might just have a chance of convincing us to vote for him once more. Well, who am I kidding? Of course I’m going to vote for him. I’m terrified enough of any of his potential opponents that I would probably take a steamy love bath with Barbara Bush and Elizabeth Dole if it meant keeping any of them out of the White House.

Yeah, it’s a blatant and even desperate political maneuver on team Obama’s part. Then again the whole point of such Congressional addresses is politics and every President has made use of it at least once. It’s Obama’s privilege as President, a perk that comes with the job just like getting blown by interns and rigging elections.



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