It is my recommendation that your address be held on the following evening, when we can ensure there will be no parliamentary or logistical impediments that might detract from your remarks. Speaker John Boehner’s reply to Obama’s scheduling of a joint session of congress the night of the Republician debates.
“It’s unfortunate the White House ignored decades — if not centuries — of the protocol of working out a mutually agreeable date and time before making any public announcement,” Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said.
Obama faced questions if former First Lady Nancy Reagan was notified about his speech coinciding with the Republician debates to be held at the Reagan Library. She was not.