The Washington Times - September 1, 2011, 12:03AM

It only took a number of hours on Wednesday for President Barack Obama to announce a joint session of Congress scheduled for next Wednesday, when the GOP presidential debate was happening, only to eventually change the day to Thursday after Speaker of the House John Boehner sent the president a letter rejecting the original Wednesday proposal from President Obama and suggested the now agreed upon Thursday date of September 8. The White House Press Secretary’s office released the statement below:

 “Today, the President asked to address the Congress about the need for urgent action on the economic situation facing the American people as soon as Congress returned from recess. Both Houses will be back in session after their August recess on Wednesday, September 7th, so that was the date that was requested. We consulted with the Speaker about that date before the letter was released, but he determined Thursday would work better. The President is focused on the urgent need to create jobs and grow our economy, so he welcomes the opportunity to address a Joint Session of Congress on Thursday, September 8th and challenge our nation’s leaders to start focusing 100% of their attention on doing whatever they can to help the American people.”