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Obama speech may conflict with Saints-Packers TV coverage, kickoff

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It appears that President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are reaching across the eisle and communicating well on Capitol Hill. Too bad they seem to have dropped the 'political football' in the process.

“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," Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.

"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," he said.

Obama accepted Boehner's request to postpone his planned jobs speech next week by a day but ended up placing it right in the middle of the NFL season opener between the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers next Thursday night.

The White House initially announced Wednesday that it was scheduling the address for the same night as a GOP 2012 primary debate in California. In deference to the Republicans, the move was made. But what about the National Football League?

The game is set for a special NBC broadcast with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. New Orleans time. The President's speech on the state of the jobs marker in the nation is planned one hour before kickoff at 6:30.

NBC has yet to announce if it will preempt the Saints-Packers pregame coverage to air the speech and whether the pregame coverage will be shown instead on another NBC/Comcast channel (Versus would be a likely candidate).


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