“White House Furious Over Speech Delay.” Really? Ed Henry is reporting that what could be a way of lowering expectations for next Thursday’s big speech, aides to the president are privately spreading the word he’s not gonna present his entire jobs plan in his speech to a joint session of Congress. Then why do it? Why do it? That just confirms that this is a political, slash, election speech. It’s not a plan for Congress to debate. You know what I think? I think that the White House, they’re constantly doing polling, focus groups, I’ll betcha they’ve got some real negative reactions to this whole thing. And I’ll bet you — I don’t know what I would bet, but I’m pretty confident in suggesting that if Obama could find a way out of this, he would now take it.

I mean if they got somebody leaking to Fox that he’s not gonna present the entire jobs plan, it’s just part of a bigger plan the president’s gonna be rolling out throughout the fall, the move could be a way to try to lower the stakes for a joint session appearance. We just had a sound bite from Frank Rich saying hey, this guy better hit a home run ’cause if he shows up and drops a mouse, it’s already a farce. So the expectations for this thing are not high anyway from Obama’s fans, and now expectations which are pretty low are being lowered even further. But now that the regime is putting it out there that Obama’s not even gonna present the whole plan, members of Congress have to be asking themselves, why should we even show up to listen to this, then? Wow. This is quite interesting to me here.

So let’s go to the audio sound bites. This is Jay Carney yesterday. This happened before yesterday’s program ended, around 2:40 or 2:45 in the afternoon, and it was a question from Ed Henry of Fox to Jay Carney. “Why doesn’t he give a speech from the Oval Office tonight saying, ‘Here’s my plan?’ Why wait ’til the next week?”

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