Rich Galen

Obama didn't want to go head-to-head with the first NFL game of the season on Thursday night (Packers v Saints) so he tried to step on the GOP debate tonight. Boehner, who owns the House Chamber, said (in effect) "The House is washing it's collective hair on Wednesday, but we're free on Thursday."

Obama accepted the date, but moved his speech on jobs from eight o'clock to seven so as not to interfere with the football game.

I tweeted yesterday:

Avg Sun Night NFL audience 2010 = 21.8 million. Unemployed Americans = 14.1 million. [Obama] Speaking @7 Thur sted 8 = 7.6 million happy Americans.

Could you have imagined, two years ago, Barack Obama having to work a major speech in around the opening night of NFL football? How far the mighty have fallen.

I'll report on what I think happened in tonight's debate … tonight. I'll report on what I think happened in President Obama's speech tomorrow.

This, ladies and gentleman, is a very important week.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at