Morning meeting: Walsh "offended" by Obama

Morning meeting: Walsh "offended" by Obama

Posted by Mike Riopell on Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:51

Good mornin' and happy Friday. Congressman Joe Walsh skipped President Barack Obama's big speech last night.

Instead of taking a seat on the right side of the House chamber with his fellow Republicans, the McHenry freshman was at Schaumburg's Prairie Center for the Arts for a small-business forum he set up for the evening. While people watched the speech live on a large screen in the center's auditorium, Walsh was sequestered in an anteroom, where he later said he was reading a copy of Obama's remarks.

Moments after Obama ended his speech, Walsh emerged and spoke to the media outside the building.

Walsh said he boycotted the speech — a move that garnered national attention — because he was “offended” by Obama's request for a joint session, something the congressman said should be reserved for more significant occasions.

“If I'd have been in that chamber, I would've felt used,” Walsh said.

So Walsh stuck to his guns, and fellow GOPer Sen. Mark Kirk has dinged Walsh for skipping the speech. Who's side are you taking on this one?

Who did go to the speech? A Bensenville businessman who was invited to view the talk from Speaker John Boehner's private box.

And to end your Friday morning on a lighter political note, Naperville Mayor George Pradel yesterday read a book at a library when Mickey Mouse himself stopped by.

“The expressions on the children's faces are priceless. And the hesitation to actually touch the real Mickey Mouse is awesome,” Pradel said. “Those kids get excited about that. Heck, I get excited about that.”

Who wouldn't?

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