As blogger Ed Morrissey notes, Obama previewed the blockbuster oration in an interview with NBC's Brian Williams:
Williams: Let's talk about another topic that's part of the firmament here and everywhere. And that's the economy. The New York Times said this weekend, "President Obama has another new plan on the economy. Now would be a good time to find out about it." Do you have anything new on the economy? And while you've been away, we had a horrible GDP number last month.
Obama: Well, look, we--we anticipated that the recovery was slowing. The economy is still growing, but it's not growing as fast as it needs to. I've got things right now in--before Congress that we should move immediately. And I've said so before I went on vacation, and I'll keep on saying when I--now that I'm back.
Are you nodding off? Wait, there's a punch line! That interview aired on Sunday, Aug. 29. How can that be, when today is Wednesday the 31st? The interview aired last year.