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Pelosi Peeved - Republicans opt out of rebuttal to Obama Speech

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Pelosi Peeved Republicans Opt Out of Rebuttal to Obama Speech
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    House Speaker John Boehner talks about jobs in West Chester, Ohio, Sept. 2.


    Republicans have decided they're not going to give a rebuttal to President Obama's jobs speech later this week, a decision House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi took as a high affront to the White House.


    At least three GOP lawmakers also have announced they're not going to show up for the presidential address. House Speaker John Boehner's office then confirmed Tuesday evening that nobody from the party would deliver an official televised response.


    Pelosi said the party's "silence" would "speak volumes about their lack of commitment to creating jobs."


    "The Republicans' refusal to respond to the president's proposal on jobs is not only disrespectful to him, but to the American people," Pelosi said.


    But Boehner spokesman Mike Steel said Obama's proposals on Thursday "will rise or fall on their own merits," suggesting a GOP response was not needed.


    "Republicans are, and have been, entirely focused on job creation. Every member of Congress, and -- more importantly -- the American people, will provide a reaction to the president's address," Steel said.


    Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said there will be "plenty" of response to the president's speech on Friday, but told Fox News he suspects the reason there's no formal response is "the speaker doesn't expect to hear much to respond to."


    Some members of Congress, though, won't be there when Obama delivers his address to a Joint Session of Congress.


    Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., has said he doesn't think he'll attend -- he told Fox News he's "sick and tired of speeches." Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., also said he'd skip, writing on his Twitter page that he has no interest in being a "prop" for Obama's speech. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., will not attend either, opting instead to hold a Twitter town hall while the president speaks.


    Dana Perino, former press secretary for George W. Bush, said the lawmakers should attend the session because "you're an elected leader, and it's quite a privilege to be able to be there."


    As for a GOP rebuttal, Perino said there is a downside to it in that it always makes the opposition look small in comparison to the president.


    "This is not a State of the Union address, but still tradition would say there should be a rebuttal. I don't think it's necessary, the game is starting," Perino said, referring to the first game of the NFL season, which immediately follows the president's speech.


    Perino said congressional leaders have opened Statuary Hall in the Capitol to allow any member of Congress to talk to the media



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    • JanHopkins 2011/09/07 16:00:48
      Who really cares what Pelosi is mad about
      JanHopkins
      +4
      So far I have not been impressed by this leadership. Apparently the GOP isn't either.

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    • Woots 2011/09/08 04:39:33
      Who really cares what Pelosi is mad about
      Woots
      +1
      The clueless turd thinks someone is going to watch him.
    • Birthpangs Woots 2011/09/08 16:07:51
    • pizzaman7 2011/09/07 23:41:29
      Who is going to watch the speech, and more of the same O'Bozo BS
      pizzaman7
      +2
      the GOP should rebuttal and talk about what really would create jobs...any opportunity to spread reality and truth. However, I can see why they don't. Give Barry enough rope and he will hang himself. What a useless turd. It will be more of the same that caused our economy to worsen. More spending, more government regulations, blah, blah, blah....
    • dave b 2011/09/07 17:58:37
      Who really cares what Pelosi is mad about
      dave b
      +2
      Pelosi is possibly one of the worst politicians ever to blight America. She is a proven liar, and everyone knows it. FU Nancy, and any of your poisonous thoughts in your twisted mind, too!
    • Ozzyboy 2011/09/07 17:31:28
      Who really cares what Pelosi is mad about
      Ozzyboy
      +2
      "The Republicans' refusal to respond to the president's proposal on jobs is not only disrespectful to him, but to the American people," Pelosi said."
      This administration, including Pisslousy, has been nothing but disrespectful and disdainful to the people of this country for several years now. Pass it to see what's in it. Could there be a more dismissive attitude than that???? I don't care if they go or not or if they have a rebuttal or not. The WH and senate doesn't listen to the people anyway.
    • Don 2011/09/07 17:14:49 (edited)
      Who really cares what Pelosi is mad about
      Don
      +2
      That makes my day that the minority leader is peeved.
      Since we're not concerned with civility anymore, F*CK her, and F*CK Empty Suit!
    • Diamond Girl 2011/09/07 16:23:37
    • Birthpangs Diamond... 2011/09/07 16:37:55
    • Diamond... Birthpangs 2011/09/07 17:37:34
    • jasmine1 2011/09/07 16:17:41
      Who really cares what Pelosi is mad about
      jasmine1
      +3
      This is exactly how to handle his outrageous ego. I love it!
    • Birthpangs jasmine1 2011/09/07 16:18:48
    • JT 2011/09/07 16:13:00
      Who really cares what Pelosi is mad about
      JT
      +3
      Somebody should explain to the old sow that botox is a product of free market enterprise.
      That should shut her up for a while......LOL.
    • Birthpangs JT 2011/09/07 16:15:42
    • JT Birthpangs 2011/09/07 16:22:53
    • JanHopkins 2011/09/07 16:00:48
      Who really cares what Pelosi is mad about
      JanHopkins
      +4
      So far I have not been impressed by this leadership. Apparently the GOP isn't either.
    • Birthpangs JanHopkins 2011/09/07 16:02:35
    • JanHopkins Birthpangs 2011/09/07 16:11:05
      JanHopkins
      +3
      I have to agree with you on that subject. I have never seen so much money spent with such negative results in my life.
    • maggiemay 2011/09/07 15:57:59
      Who really cares what Pelosi is mad about
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    • Bill in Niantic 2011/09/07 15:56:16
      Who really cares what Pelosi is mad about
      Bill in Niantic
      +3
      Big F'n Deal.
      She should be worm food by now.
    • Will Advocate of PHAET 2011/09/07 15:55:04
      Who really cares what Pelosi is mad about
      Will Advocate of  PHAET
      +2
      Respect is not much of a consideration on either side of the aisle these days. You reap what you sow.
    • Birthpangs Will Ad... 2011/09/07 15:55:40
    • Birthpangs 2011/09/07 15:52:49

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