Joe Walsh says Obama abusing his power with speech to Congress

Illinois Republican Rep. Joe Walsh
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If you thought the kerfuffle over President Obama's speech to Congress was over, you would be wrong.

Rep. Joe Walsh on Friday accused President Obama of abusing his power when he asked House Speaker John Boehner to address a joint session of Congress to outline his latest vision for how he wants to create jobs.

"There is no reason for him to call a joint session of Congress," the Illinois Republican said in an interview with MSNBC, "we reserve that for heads of states from dignitaries around the world and presidents in moments in crisis, and monumental moments."

"I believe he is abusing the position here," Walsh added.

MSNBC host Martin Bashir called the current circumstances "a monumental crisiss because we had job growth of zero," referring a Labor Department reported issued earlier Friday that showed the U.S. economy add no new jobs in August.

"Come, on Martin. This is a political exercise and political theater. This president respectfully has made a career out of simply giving speeches," Walsh said.

Mr. Obama is set to speak at 7:00 pm ET on Thursday night to discuss his ideas for creating jobs, including a possible $50 billion school construction initiative, and encouraging businesses to create more jobs in the U.S. by giving them preferred tax rates for bringing foreign sources of income to the U.S.

Walsh has said he does not plan to attend next week's speech.

  • Corbett Daly On Twitter» Deputy Politics Editor Corbett B. Daly is based in Washington. He has worked at Reuters, Thomson Financial News and CBS MarketWatch.


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