Speaker Boehner Falsely Claims Request That Obama Move Jobs Speech Was On Behalf Of Democrats

August 31, 2011 5:26 pm ET — Jamison Foser

Republicans have been demanding to see President Obama's jobs plan — but now that the president has asked the House and Senate to meet next Wednesday so he can address them about that plan, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) says they're too busy, and asks Obama to delay the speech until Thursday. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus loved Boehner's letter, lauding it for "calling out" the White House's "pure political play."

But here's something interesting: In his letter, Boehner claims to be writing "on behalf of the bipartisan leadership and membership of both the House and the Senate." Seems odd that House and Senate Democrats would rebuff President Obama, doesn't it? And even odder that they'd participate in what the RNC chairman describes as "calling out" the White House.

Well, it seems the simplest explanation is the correct one: Based on this tweet from the House Democratic Caucus, Boehner appears to have lied:

Unlike the House Majority and Minority Leaders, who are elected by their respective caucuses, the Speaker is elected by the whole House. He probably shouldn't run around lying about acting on behalf of members who clearly disagree with him.