Update: 9:34 p.m.: Looks like the scheduling conflict was a little too risky. The president has re-scheduled the speech to Thursday, Politico reports. "President Obama, bowing to the complaints of House Speaker John Boehner and other Republicans, has moved his jobs speech before a joint session of Congress back one day, to Thursday, Sept. 8."
President Obama's decision to schedule a major jobs speech in front of a joint session of Congress at 8 p.m. next Wednesday, the precise time of the Republican presidential debate, is a risky bet that could pay off beautifully or backfire in the president's face. One thing's for sure: the decision sent management at Politico and NBC, the two media companies hosting the debate, scrambling to determine their programming schedule. In a statement sent out over an hour ago, Politico and NBC maintained that the debate would "not be postponed." However, Huffington Post media reporter Michael Calderone tweets that the "GOP presidential debate will be after Obama is done," citing Politico editor-in-chief John Harris as his source. That sure sounds like a postponement to us. All the while, House Speaker John Boehner is now asking the president to re-schedule, citing security concerns. Regardless, here's how the president's decision could help or hurt him.