Reps. Joe Walsh, Paul Broun to hold "forums" during Pres. Obama's jobs speech, Sen. Vitter watching football

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Earlier I posted reader Wiccaspirits' account of her phone call to Rep. Joe Walsh's office in which she questioned his comments about his not attending President Obama's Thursday night speech (which is at 7 pm EDT). Here is one excerpt of the office's response to that call:

Mr. Walsh does NOT represent the nation as a whole in congress, nor does he represent all of his constituents, he only represents the Tea Party, its members and its core principles. Mr. Walsh also does not believe that Obama is working and that he should be rather than talking to congress.

Then this came my way via @IanDavidB who linked me to Democratic Underground:

...E-mail:

All – Tomorrow evening, Congressman Joe Walsh will be holding a forum to discuss the challenges facing small business owners. I wanted to make you aware of this event and was hoping you may be able to attend in order to share your first-hand knowledge of these issues. This is a great opportunity for you to speak with Congressman Walsh in this roundtable discussion on jobs, the economy, and President Barack Obama’s jobs speech to a Joint Session of Congress. A flyer is attached and we ask that you RSVP with our office in Fox Lake, IL. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thursday, September 8

6:00 p.m. CDT – viewing of the President's address

7:00 p.m. CDT – roundtable discussion

Prairie Center For the Arts (in the Lecture Hall)
201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg, IL (off of E. Schaumburg Road)

RSVP to erin.westphal@mail.house.gov or (847) 973-9341

Thanks so much!

Jeff
JEFF FREELAND
Senior Legislative Assistant
Rep. Joe Walsh (IL-8)
432 Cannon HOB
(202) 225-3711 Office

Meanwhile, Sen. Vitter  is skipping the speech to watch football.

And via CBS:

Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who hosted a forum for GOP candidates in South Carolina over the weekend, said he does not think he will attend because he would prefer to read the speech text.

And Republican Rep. Paul Broun now plans to hold a Twitter town hall from his office at the same time as the speech, scheduled to start tomorrow night at 7:00 pm ET.

Anyone else remember when the GOP feigned all that outrage if anyone dared to diss their "war president" GW Bush?

So, Mr. President, why do you still want to reach out to these vile, disrespectful cretins?

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