As I was reading about the president’s address to Congress, a thought occurred.
First, about the address.Â According to the Washington Post‘s Michael D. Shear:
President Obama will address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 24, an administration official said, giving the equivalent of a State of the Union speech that promises to continue his grim assessments of the nation’s struggling economy.
Obama aides had promised such a speech but had not yet announced a date. The decision to give the speech on Feb. 24 means that he will deliver it not long after Congress considers (sic) his economic stimulus plan about ten days earlier.
Emphasis added.Â Delivering the speech on the economy after Congress considered the economic “stimulus”?
Maybe the strangeness of that succession is why Shear got his tenses wrong.Â Â I mean, shouldn’t such a speech come before Congress votes on his economic recovery plan?
Twenty-eight years ago, Ronald Reagan who, unlike Obama, had campaigned on an economic recovery plan very similar to that he presented to Congress, addressed Congress before the legislature voted on that plan.
And the economic situation was considerably more dire back then than it is today.