The speech will fall on the same night Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes his debut on the 2012 GOP debate stage. The Republican presidential field is set to take part in a debate, also scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. The debate will go on as scheduled, NBC said in a statement Wednesday. Asked whether the speech was purposefully scheduled the same night as the Republican debate, White House press secretary Jay Carney said, “Of course not.” – Obama schedules jobs address to coincide with GOP 2012 debate

President Barack Obama signs a hand as he greets people along a rope line at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 30, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Who does Jay Carney think he’s kidding? Plouffe blinked for one reason only. Pres. Obama’s numbers are abysmal.

But Pres. Obama is playing little league politics.

And so, when the White House announced today that President Obama would deliver his much-anticipated jobs speech on Sept. 7 at 8 pm ““ the exact same day and time that the 2012 Republican candidates are scheduled to debate in California ““ the idea that the timing was purely coincidental was, well, far-fetched. It’s clear that this White House saw an opportunity to drive a major ““ and direct ““ contrast between President Obama and his potential Republican rivals and took it. – Chris Cilizza

So it’s fitting Speaker Boehner decided to play pony league politics. But he’s following Rush Limbaugh’s advice. From Sam Stein, here’s a snippet of Boehner’s response to Pres. Obama:

…With the significant amount of time “” typically more than three hours “” that is required to allow for a security sweep of the House Chamber before receiving a President, 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. As such, on behalf of the bipartisan leadership and membership of both the House and Senate, I respectfully invite you to address a Joint Session of Congress on Thursday, September 8, 2011 in the House Chamber, at a time that works best for your schedule. We look forward to hearing your ideas and working together to solve America’s jobs crisis.

This is an unprecedented request, so it’s back to the White House.

However, does anyone believe if Obama was in the reelection driver’s seat he’d be playing at this level? He’s serving up an easy pitch to Republicans, making the debate a must see event.

The real winners in this one is NBC’s Brian Williams and Politico’s Jonathan Martin who will be hosting the Reagan Library debate next week.

Somehow I doubt that Nancy Reagan is amused.