Illinois Congressman says ‘nada’ to Obama’s job speech

Rep. Joe Walsh

An outspoken Republican congressman from Illinois is defending his decision to boycott President Barack Obama’s jobs speech next week.

U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh said Saturday that Obama is abusing his power as president by calling a joint session of Congress for the address. Walsh said at a meeting of Republicans in his northeastern Illinois district that such a move should be reserved for “momentous” topics like war, not what he called a political speech.

Walsh had said earlier in the week that he would not attend. He said he will still read Obama’s speech and comment afterward, and he plans to host a forum with business owners in his district.

The congressman drew attention during the debate over the debt ceiling, accusing Obama of spending money “like a drunken sailor.”

2 Responses to "Illinois Congressman says ‘nada’ to Obama’s job speech"

  1. Carl Nemo **==  September 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I’d be more impressed if Joe Walsh were a Democrat as was boycotting Obama’s speech.

    Carl Nemo **==

    • Carl Nemo **==  September 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      “…were a Democrat [as] was boycotting Obama’s speech.”

      should read:

      were a Democrat and was boycotting Obama’s speech.

      My apologies for the sloppy proofreading. :(

      Carl Nemo **==

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