Speaker Boehner Invites President Obama to Deliver State of the Union Jan. 25

By John R Parkinson

Jan 11, 2011 3:03pm

ABC News’ John R. Parkinson reports:

Speaker of the House John Boehner wrote a letter to President Obama today inviting him to offer an address on the State of the Union Tuesday, January 25 before a Joint Session of Congress.

In the letter, Boehner, R-Ohio, referenced the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, and said the tragedy in Tucson is an opportunity for elected officials to renew their commitment to public service.

“Recent events have reminded us of the imperfect nature of our representative democracy, but also how much we cherish the ideal that our government exists to serve the people,” Boehner said. “Even in the wake of tragedy, we must never waiver from our obligation to carry out their will and provide solutions to keep moving our nation forward.”

Boehner also seemed to address the bitter political discourse in Washington, writing to the president about the potential opportunity for Republicans to find “common ground” with the White House and Congressional Democrats.

“A new Congress provides us a renewed opportunity to find common ground and address the priorities of the American people,” Boehner said. “Our actions must be driven by their desire for freedom, economic recovery, and fiscal sensibility, as well as a need to rebuild the broken bonds of trust between the people and their government.”

President Obama is expected to accept the invitation, avoiding any potential scheduling disagreement similar to the one experienced after the congressional midterm elections.

The full text of the letter is below:

January 11, 2011

The Honorable Barack Obama
The President of the United States
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

A new Congress provides us a renewed opportunity to find common ground and address the priorities of the American people. Our actions must be driven by their desire for freedom, economic recovery, and fiscal sensibility, as well as a need to rebuild the broken bonds of trust between the people and their government. 

Recent events have reminded us of the imperfect nature of our representative democracy, but also how much we cherish the ideal that our government exists to serve the people. Even in the wake of tragedy, we must never waiver from our obligation to carry out their will and provide solutions to keep moving our nation forward.

As many great challenges lie ahead for our nation, we welcome an opportunity to hear your proposals. Therefore, I am honored to invite you to offer an address on the State of the Union on January 25, 2011, before a Joint Session of Congress. 

Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to your response.

 

Sincerely,

JOHN A. BOEHNER
Speaker of the House

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