Comedian Rodney Dangerfield has been dead for quite some time now. But who would have thought that his soul would live on through president Barack Obama? After all, the brother gets no respect; and, yesterday’s Obama diss by House Speaker, John Boehner was the ultimate public display of disrespect. I mean is Barack Obama the president of this country, or just another field hand?

In my eyes Boehner not only denied the president’s request to speak at a joint session of Congress on September, 7th. Along with giving president Obama the, “don’t call us, we’ll call you,” treatment. He pretty much told him that when he does come to the people’s House to deliver his jobs speech on September 8th, he must enter and leave through the back door. You know, like a good Negro is supposed to. And of course, our friends on the right are loving this:

What was the plan here? I think maybe O was trying to bait Boehner or some other prominent Republican into getting angry so that he could point to it and run through his tired “adult in the room” shtick. That’s what this speech is about, after all — lecturing Congress in front of a national audience about how everything’s their fault, not his, in hopes that voters remember that next November. It almost worked too, sort of. Ron Paul was “weighing his options” on whether to object to the speech request and DeMint vowed that he’d try to block it in the Senate. Boehner played it the right way, I think, offering a logistical excuse instead of a political one to deny O a chance to whine about Republican obstructionism. As for the liberals whining that he “caved,” what was he supposed to do once Boehner said no to Wednesday? Just show up that night and start talking? Granted, he could have given the address from the Oval Office instead, but (a) that would defeat the key purpose of lecturing Congress to their faces and (b) the fact that he was forced to give the speech from a location he didn’t prefer would have only underscored his weakness. He’s better off accepting the offer for Thursday. Especially since now it gives him the chance to react to any GOP talking points from the debate the night before.

Today, when I look and think about president Obama, images of those Black kids protesting at southern lunch counters surface. Back then, those kids wanted to have the right to be treated as human beings and served at lunch counters. Often they were met with ridicule, taunting, and physical violence. But even so, with little if any emotional reaction, or confrontation with opponents to their cause, their campaign turned out to be a successful one. This is why you won’t hear me suggest that president Obama “caved again,” to Boehner and the Republicans. Caved before? Yes, he has; but not on the scheduling of his speech next week; it’s really a good move strategically.

The day that the speech is delivered isn’t important; what will be revealed as a viable plan for job creation is. If anything, this unprecedented move by Boehner to deny such a request by the president of the United States – something that has never been done before in U.S. history – will show, is that their political pettiness trumps the idea of serving “we the people” of the United States. Boehner and the Republicans have laid their cards on the table, folks. Yep, and to quote the now famous meltdown by then NFL head coach Dennis Green, the Republicans “are who we thought they were.” A bunch of assholes much like the racist degenerates at those Woolworth lunch counter sit-ins of yesteryear. One thing’s for sure: Being the first Black anything in America ain’t easy.

Just ask the first Black people at those lunch counters.

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RiPPa is the creator, publisher, and editor-in-chief of The Intersection of Madness & Reality. As a writer, he uses his sense of humor, sarcasm, and sardonic negro wit to convey his opinion. Being the habitual line-stepper and fire-breathing liberal-progressive, whether others agree with him, isn’t his concern. He loves fried chicken, watermelon, and President Barack Obama. Yes, he's Black; yes, he's proud; and yes, he says it loud. As such, he's often misunderstood.
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  • Anonymous

    Good post. I’m telling you I’m loving this political circus that’s going on right now. I want to see what tricks Obama’s gonna pull for his job creation plan. Until then, keeping the side-eye on autofire.

  • Anonymous

    But the President already knew the date would conflict. And given past relations he also had to know this would cause a problem. So before he even sent the request he had to decide what he would do if the Republicans squawked. So he decided previously to back down? If you already knew you were gonna back down why make a public spectacle of it?  And changing the date is a small thing but it is another way of framing the President as a small man. 

    The person who gets to veto the meeting time is the person with more status. My boss can override my previously scheduled meetings;I can’t override his. This just feeds into the growing worry that the President lacks the stomach for political combat. If he can’t even set a meeting time and get people to stick to it, how can he stand up to Repubs on weightier issues?

  • GetaGrip

    this unprecedented move by Boehner to deny such a request by the president of the United States – something that has never been done before in U.S. history –

    You might want to clarify that never before have we had such a president that was foolish enough to engage in HS hijinx. He continues to get embarassed because he continues to be fed by his loyal worshipping staff that he is the king and can decide which laws to ignore, which protocol’s he is above. He is not.  He is the head of one of three branches of our government. He knew there would be a conflict, yet selected this date and time looking forward to a conflict. He miscalculated. He also knows he cannot set a date and time he needs to be invited by the heads of each branch.   It has nothing to do with your excuse it isn’t his skin. He is incompetent.

  • Thissiteisbrutallyslow

    A bunch of assholes much like the racist degenerates at those Woolworth lunch counter sit-ins of yesteryear. One thing’s for sure: Being the first Black anything in America ain’t easy.Just ask the first Black people at those lunch counters.

    How laughably weak your rhetoric is. did you give any thought to the circumstances or is everything akin to some point in history, no matter how impossibly connected just so you can use “clever” racist terms?   

  • ab

    you have to be crazy to not get the following..

    When the president of your country wants to deliver a speech, you adjust your schedule to match the presidents .. point. blank. period.

  • Obama’s jobs speech next week has to be one for the ages. If not, well, er…

  • I hear you; however, this is the office of the presidency; it requires more respect than displayed by the GOP in this instance. There’s supposed to be a jobs crisis – one which Boehner and company though having done nothing to rectify, keeps asking:”where are th4e jobs Mr. President?” This conflict should have been ironed out privately and not made to be the spectacle that it was. But like I said: he is the first Black president, and he is also the first president to ever be denied such a request. Sure it can be said it’s “his” fault. But he didn’t choose to be born Black either. 

  • Has any other president in the history of the United States ever been denied the opportunity to address a joint session of Congress? And this is not unprecedented?

  • Racist terms? In this post? Really? Lemme guess… you’re white, and stupid, right?

  • Anonymous

    “When the president of your country wants to deliver a speech, you adjust your schedule to match the presidents .. point. blank. period.”

    Evidently not …

  • Anonymous

    Right. But he knows they don’t like him, to put mildly. =)
    So when he asks for the meeting, they can say yes or they can say no.
    If yes, well fine. If no, then what was his next move? That’s the part that’s missing imo. By letting Boehner veto the meeting he ceded another little bit of respect. He’s dealing with a wolfpack and he’s coming across like a poodle. Where is the ability to say “I’m the President and this is when I’m talking to Congress, dammit!!!!”

    It’s a difficult position but he knew the job was tough when he took it. 

  • he sent a request, he didn’t demand. He gave Boehner every chance to show the people that yes jobs are important to the republicans, and what has happened the republicans took the bait and made a PUBLIC stink about when the presidents speech would be.

    The incompetence would be Boehners, if anything he should have moved the date up. If he wanted to “trump” the president HE would have called congress back and said, “Jobs are important to the American people so Mr. President exactly what do you have to say?” Just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you should, a small loss after a petty fight over the debt ceiling can actually be a huge political gain when once again it seems PARTY is more important than country. Are all of those republicans going to be at the debates? No than  in actuality Boehner has no need to deny the request.

    Some times a good old round of “shoot me now, no shoot me” is the best way to get a simpleton to screw himself. The GOP held the country hostage on the debt ceiling fight, the GOP threaten medicare, The GOP has yet to introduce a Jobs bill that won’t give even more money to the rich without actually creating a single job. The President has been making a constant theme “the American people voted for DIVIDED government not BROKEN government” it’s a primary fight where most of the party is unenthusiastic about the participants exactly what was gained by Boehner pushing the date back? Hell if nothing else by being on at the same time as the President the republican candidates would have had red meat to throw to their crowd, instead now the president can answer their baseless charges and still go forth with his jobs plan.

  • GetaGrip

    Oh brother. He is also the first president to want to campaign to  a Join session of congress. It isn’t that he is black, it is that he is incompetent. Don’t you get it yet? You demean yourself with this tired old repetitive oh so transaparent mantra.   Obama already said he will speechify us with the following:

    Williams: Let’s talk about another topic that’s part of the firmament here and everywhere. And that’s the economy. The New York Times said this weekend, “President Obama has another new plan on the economy. Now would be a good time to find out about it.” Do you have anything new on the economy? And while you’ve been away, we had a horrible GDP number last month.
    Obama: Well, look, we–we anticipated that the recovery was slowing. The economy is still growing, but it’s not growing as fast as it needs to. I’ve got things right now in–before Congress that we should move immediately. And I’ve said so before I went on vacation, and I’ll keep on saying when I–now that I’m back.
    Actually he said that guess when? Last year August 29th and about a dozen times since and he will say the same thing again next week. One thing he forgot though is those bills that congress was holding up before his last vacation…didn’t exist, he never submitted any. Hmmmm funny we still don’t have a budget either since he has been in office.

    Yeah, it must be because of his skin color..and it has nothing at all to do with his competency.

  • Thissiteisbrutallyslow

    SIgh….this lowbrow sentence isn’t even worthy of a reply. Think what you want. Don’t ever learn from facts and history…it’s all about skin color…. have it your way.

  • Incompetent?

    What’s the GOP’s plan as far as creating jobs?

  • Anonymous

    If we get rid of the “moochers” and the “parasites” who aren’t working then we’ll err… it makes sense somewhere, you just have to look at it long enough.