As you have probably heard by now, the President blinked and agreed to talk to Congress on September 8th. Instead of competing with the Rebuplican debate, he will be opposite the opening night of NFL football. Just guessing, but the reception he gets from the GOPhers might be rougher than some NFL defensive lines present.
I think the President made a mistake--not that the timing is a major issue. Still, if Mr. Obama had asked me, I would have suggested that he go ahead and make his speech on September 7th, and if Congress does not want him in the Capitol that night, he should do it from the Mall out front. Set up a stage, and lights, and invite the voters. He's going to be talking over the heads of Congress and to the American people anyway, why not do it openly?