On Tuesday evening President Trump made his first address to Congress. In anticipation leading up to the event, many were unsure what would happen. Some thought the Democrats would disrupt and some thought the President would launch into one of his divisive tirades. However, what America heard was a measured, calm, unifying President. High praise even came from one of the Presidents most staunch detractors, CNN’s Van Jones. You can watch Van Jones comments here:
Throughout the speech, President Trump highlighted several plans that he has accomplished and laid out a framework for the repeal of Obamacare. The President even made mention of revamping the immigration system. During his statements, the President also called for the bickering to end and to start “Thinking Big.” However, one moment will stand out above all.
Toward the end of the Presidents hour speech, he paused to honor fallen SEAL William “Ryan” Owens who died during a raid in Yemen. President Trump announced that Ryans Owens widow was a guest to attend the speech. When he did the congress (except for 7 Democrats) stood and applauded for almost 4 minutes. Van Jones from CNN said:
“He became President of the United States in that moment, period,” said Jones, after the evening’s most emotional point was replayed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “That was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics,”
Van Jones continued saying that if the President can continue to deliver policy and have moments like what happened this evening he will be President for eight years.
Last night the President delivered a key address that seemed to resonate well even with the press. After the speech, I quickly went to twitter to get reactions from the Democrats that were present. The elected officials were strangely quite. All Senator Schumer would say is we still have no plan for repeal/replace of Obamacare. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi claimed we had all been fooled by his words.
Over time we will all find out if President Trump follows through with the calm demeanor we saw displayed on Tuesday night. There were also some discrepancies during the Presidents remarks that need to be vetted. But overall this was a win for the Administration. What do think of the President speech? Were you pleased?