Snyder, Obama speeches collide Jan. 20

The Detroit News

Michiganians are going to get a double dose of governing vision Jan. 20 when Gov. Rick Snyder and President Barack Obama give their annual speeches.

The Snyder administration a little more than a week ago set Jan. 20 as when the Republican incumbent would deliver his fifth State of the State speech to a joint session of the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate.

On Friday, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, formally extended the invitation to have the Democratic president address a joint session of Congress. By then, the House and Senate will be controlled by Republicans.

By contrast, Snyder will address two chambers of elected representatives where Republicans expanded their majorities. The president’s speech is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m., while Snyder’s address time hasn’t been scheduled.

But this collision of speeches isn’t sparking any worries in Lansing or a reassessment of the scheduling.

“Gov. Snyder is planning to stick with the State of the State schedule,” spokesman Dave Murray said Friday. “It sounds like it will be a wonderful night for Michiganders to learn about the future of their state and their country as well.”