Update: Shortly after this post was posted, Chad Pergram and Chuck Todd both announced the President has lost again to the GOP and agreed to speak on Thursday night instead of Wednesday. We've reached out to Chuck Todd and Luke Russert to see how the network will handle the scheduling conflict, but neither have responded yet. Pergram tweets, "Have Obama & Boehner now ticked off cheeseheads and Saints fans by moving speech to Sept 8? Same night as Packers-Saints game?"
Original post: White House aides and John Boehner aides are meeting now to try and come to a reasonable compromise on a date for Obama's big speech on unemployment, according to NBC reporter Chuck Todd. The president announced his intention to give his speech to a joint session of Congress next Wednesday, September 7, the same night as a scheduled Republican presidential candidate debate put on by NBC and Politico. John Boehner asked the president to postpone his speech, citing security reasons, to Thursday. This seems like a reasonable request, except the television network broadcasting the GOP's debate, might have other ideas. NBC already has something scheduled for the 8 p.m. time slot on Thursday: the first game of the NFL season.