In a tweet, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer first revealed that Obama had requested the rare speech to a joint session “to lay out his plan to create jobs, grow the economy and reduce the deficit.”
“As I have traveled across our country this summer and spoken with our fellow Americans, I have heard a consistent message: Washington needs to put aside politics and start making decisions based on what is best for our country and not what is best for each of our parties in order to grow the economy and create jobs. We must answer this call,” Obama wrote to congressional leaders in a letter requesting the session.
It would be his second such address to lawmakers beyond the annual State of the Union speech. Obama made the case for his healthcare reform plan to Congress on Sept. 9, 2009, an address that spurred the infamous “You lie!” retort from Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.).
This is as bully as the bully pulpit gets.