Introduction by Jim Campbell
March 1, 2017
At a time in our nation’s history when We the People haven’s been as bitterly divided since the Civil War and perhaps The Vietnam War, Donald Trump delivered an amazing speech outlining plans to overcome divisiveness and in doing so “Make America Great Again.”
He received 94 standing ovations with 25 times his oration being momentarily stopped as those in attendance went wild with enthusiasm.
Wouldn’t it be a tremendous idea to have members of congress not sit on the left or right but mingle and sit with each other to fill the hall in the Capitol Building?
In a further show of divisiveness, many democrat women members of congress chose to wear white in honor of the “Suffragettestts.”
The congressional members on the left were so awestruck with President Trump’s performance they could not even stand up and clap when he promised paid family leave for illness for workers in the private sector.
The always vapid and confused Nancy Pelosi had absolutely no clew what hit here.
“President Trump Calms Down, Chills Out, and Rises to the Occasion” (Source)
Raise your hand if you expected Tuesday night to conclude with former Obama administration official and CNN commentator Van Jones declaring, “[Trump] became president of the United States in that moment, period.”
That is what Jones said after the evening’s most emotional point was replayed, and he even remarked, “That was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics.”
For those who missed it, President Trump’s entire presentation below.
As I wrote last night, Trump is often criticized as a narcissist, so it’s a bigger deal when he shifts the spotlight from himself and pays tribute to extraordinary Americans. Last night, he recognized fallen Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, who died in a raid on a terrorist outpost in Yemen in January, and his widow, Carryn, in the gallery.
We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens.
Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero, battling against terrorism and securing our nation.
I just spoke to General Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, “Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies.” Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity.
How the State of the Union and the presentation to The Joint Session of Congress differ.
Never a fan of Candidate Trump, Fox analysist Charles Krauthammer gave a very favorable analysis below.
At some time during the first two months of each session, the President customarily delivers the State of the Union Address, a speech in which an assessment is made of the state of the country, and the presidents’ legislative agenda is outlined. The speech is modeled on the Speech from the Throne, given by the British monarch.
There is a major difference, however.
Senator Chuck Schumer had an awful night crying about President Trump’s points as his hemorrhoid ointment had obviously failed him.
The President is the principal author of his own State of the Union message, while the Speech from the Throne is customarily written by the Prime Minister.
The Constitution of the United States requires that the president “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union,” but does not specify whether the information should be given in a speech or a written report.
The first two presidents, George Washington and John Adams, delivered the speech in person before both houses of Congress, but that practice was discontinued under Thomas Jefferson, who deemed it too monarchical and sent written reports instead.
Written reports were standard until 1913 when Woodrow Wilson reestablished the practice of personally attending to deliver the speech.
Few Presidents have deviated from this custom since. Source
If you’re wondering if the moment was an “exploitation” of Carryn Owens, I urge you to read the words of Mary Katharine Ham.
Carryn Owens is a grown woman going through a sorrow we hope we never have to face.
None of us should be so presumptuous as to tell her what she “should” do at this moment.
Van Jones wasn’t the only former Obama official who came away impressed.
David Axelrod, the former Obama adviser, declared, (Source)
When the best the democrats could muster to counter the Presidents presentation was Democrat former Gov. Steve Beshear calling himself confusingly a Republican was booted from office by a Republican Governor.
His musings for for the most part nonsense and bare fact checking.
See the entire article below.
“If I’m on the Trump team, I’m very, very happy with this speech… There will be an afterglow from this speech. He should get a bump in the polls.”
According to the instant polling, the president really defied expectations and left viewers feeling better about America’s future.
Nearly 7-in-10 who watched said the President’s proposed policies would move the country in the right direction and almost two-thirds said the president has the right priorities for the country.
Overall, about 7-in-10 said the speech made them feel more optimistic about the direction of the country.
While half of Democrats found the speech “divisive,” about one-third of them also said Mr. Trump was “specific” and “knowledgeable”; neither label drew a majority, but nonetheless sizeable numbers compared to the more negative reactions Democrats have had to other aspects of his presidency.
And viewers of all stripes described the speech as at least somewhat positive in tone.
Overall, most watchers approved of the speech.
Republicans did tune in to watch it in much greater numbers than Democrats (as a president’s party typically does) which bolstered those approval numbers.
Forty percent of Democrats at least somewhat approved; 18 percent strongly approved.
Philip Rucker, White House Bureau chief of the Washington Post: “This is the best morning of Donald Trump’s presidency. He is basking in positive pundit reviews. All that tumult feels like yesteryear.”
Powerline’s John Hinderaker: “Trump is not, as we all know, a consistent conservative.
I don’t know how mandatory paid maternity leave sneaked into the speech, for example.
But there is no doubt whose side he is on the large majority of the time.
Trump was magnificent tonight.
It is rare in today’s political climate for a speech to be important, but this one might have been.”