MSNBC host Ed Schultz blasted House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and his "cronies" for forcing President Barack Obama to delay his speech on jobs from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8.
Schultz speculated that Republicans wanted the speech moved until the next day to give the maximum exposure to a Republican presidential debate that is scheduled for Sept. 7.
"Boehner and the Republicans have been hounding President Obama to lay out a jobs plan for months," the MSNBC host noted. "Now, the very same people want the president to keep his powder dry so Rick Perry can have the spotlight to say stupid stuff?"
He continued: "Once again, this president has smoked 'em out. He has proven to the country one more time that he can't even schedule a speech to the joint session of the Congress without it being obstructed, that he one more time has proven to the country that the Republicans, their number one priority is not in line with the priorities of the American people and that is jobs. Their priority is their schedule, their tee time, their debate, their tax cuts, their deregulation, and they don't give a damn, nor do they respect the president of the United States or the office."
"Even when it comes to a joint session of Congress, the Republicans want to lower the bar when it comes to class and respect and priorities in this country. Now, you tell me who is on your side tonight, folks. Is it Boehner? Is he on your side or is he on the side of his cronies in the House who are more concerned about their hectic schedule? Fact: They don't give a damn about you working folks in the America. And they don't give a damn about creating jobs. And that's why they've just been heckling from the stands and they've never been a player. And they proved it big time again tonight."
Watch this video from MSNBC's The Ed Show, broadcast Aug. 31, 2011.