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Obama shifts date of jobs address to September 8
September 1, 2011 / 1:33 AM / 6 years ago

Obama shifts date of jobs address to September 8

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will address a joint session of Congress on September 8 instead of September 7 to unveil proposals to create new jobs, bowing to objections from Republicans, the White House said on Wednesday.

<p>U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about a clean extension of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization which expires in mid-September in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, August 31, 2011. REUTERS/Larry Downing</p>

Obama had requested originally to address Congress on the same night as Republican presidential candidates are holding a televised debate.

“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,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; editing by Anthony Boadle

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