WH: People ‘don’t give a lick’ about speech timing

WASHINGTON (AP) ? The White House is characterizing the flap over the timing of the president’s address to Congress next week as a “side show” and not what people care about. White House spokesman Jay Carney says the issue confronting Congress and President Barack Obama is the need to improve the economy and create jobs.

Carney says the American people “don’t give a lick” about when Obama speaks but do care about what he says.

Obama had requested that Congress convene a joint session next Wednesday so he could deliver a speech describing his economic agenda. Republican House Speaker John Boehner balked, and suggested the next night instead. Following an afternoon and evening of negotiations, Obama took Boehner’s counteroffer.