U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during an event urging Congress...

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during an event urging Congress to pass an extension of the Surface Transportation Bill in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. (Aug. 31, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

President Barack Obama has acceded to House Speaker John Boehner's wishes to deliver an address on jobs and the economy to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 8. The president had requested Sept. 7 for the long-anticipated speech.

In agreeing to Boehner's schedule, Obama's address will compete with the opening game of the National Football League season — a conflict the White House wanted to avoid.

But the change now will allow a planned Sept. 7 Republican presidential debate to proceed without Obama upstaging it.

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