I know I'm late to this game, but about that jobs speech kerfuffle: so the President wanted to address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night. And the speaker says, No you can't because you'd upstage my party's presidential debate. And they go back and forth about it. And then the President says, Fine. I'll address the Congress on Thursday night. And that's that.
So the Speaker gets to diss the President, which plays well with his caucus. And the President gets to look accommodating, which is how he perceives himself and wants to be perceived. Everybody wins!
Now that's some bipartisanship for ya.