Obama's Joint Session Blunder

The controversy over President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress underscores his ignorance of history, his lack of understanding regarding the Constitution, and how lacking he is in political skills other than speechifying.  Voters seem to instinctively understand which issues transcend partisan politics and thus are appropriate for a presidential address before a joint session of Congress.  They also have a history of not responding well when that venue is misused.  Giving a political stump speech before a joint session of Congress is simply not being presidential. We are most familiar with the annual rite of the president's State of the Union address, with its stylized partisanship.  In addition, the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution mandates that the electoral votes for president be counted before a joint session of Congress.  Diplomatic courtesy has long honored the practice of allowing an important foreign head of state or government to...(Read Full Article)