Boehner Nixes Idea to Not Invite Obama for SOU Speech

By Penny Starr | December 5, 2014 | 5:36pm EST

House Speaker John Boehner (AP Photo)

( - Earlier this week Rep. Paul C. Broun (R-Ga.) suggested the proper payback to President Barack Obama’s unilateral move on immigration reform might be to not allow him to deliver his State of the Union address in the House chamber in January. (Protocol demands that a sitting president be invited by the House to address a joint session of Congress)

But House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) nixed the idea to deny Obama his annual bully pulpit, saying he doesn’t want to stop the president from talking about his ideas.

“Listen the more the president talks about his ideas, the more unpopular he becomes,” Boehner said at his weekly press briefing on Thursday after a reporter asked him about it.

“Why would I want to deprive him of that opportunity?”

The Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll for Dec. 5, 2014 shows that 46% of likely U.S. voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove.

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