Posted: Sep 8, 2011 10:49 PM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: Sep 8, 2011 10:51 PM
President Barack Obama addressed the nation Thursday night with a speech on jobs and the economy. But not all lawmakers wanted to attend, and were even upset they had to miss out on another important event: the official start of NFL football.
U.S. Senator David Vitter (R., La.) had planned to watch the first Saints game of the season at home with family and friends. But his plans for a Saints watch party were thrown off because he had to attend President Obama's speech in Washington.
"As a fanatic I have my priorities," Vitter said on Fox News Wednesday.
Vitter received some flack for his priorities, with some saying he should put his job as a senator first.
"To me that's putting his priorities in the wrong place... So I think he should be at his speech listening, doing his job rather than hosting a Saints party," said Saints fan Colby Guidry.
But the more Saints fans we talked to it became clear, many people supported Vitter's actions.
"I can understand it because being from here you have to support the Saints," said Melinda Varino as she waited for the game to start.
"He's a die hard saints fan, he's from Louisiana and I'm sure he doesn't feel like listening to the bull crap Obama has to say," said another Saints fan, Will Daigle.
As it turned out, not many people we talked to cared about the President's speech either. They were more focused on the game.
"I would have done the same thing, this only happens once a year, Barack Obama talks all the time," said fan Chris Daigle.
Even though President Obama's speech was on the big screen at Lafayette's Dacquiri Supreme, the patrons didn't hear a word.
"They didn't have the volume on at all," said Varino.
Vitter did end up having to change his plans and stayed in Washington. That's because there were scheduled votes before and after the President's address.
Here's what Vitter had to say about the move on his Facebook page:
"Typical Harry Reid. He's now scheduled votes that should've been held this morning for right before and right AFTER the prez's speech. Pens in those who would have skipped speech, like me. So now I'll miss my own Saints game party at home. Always knew Harry was a Dirty Birds fan! Don't worry--only strengthens my Who Dat resolve. On to the Super Bowl!"