by Pamela Williams
I just watched the video of President Trump’s monumental and articulate speech to the Joint Members of Congress and to the American people. He spoke in such a sincere manner that, quite frankly, made other Presidential speeches fall by the wayside. The love and calm he exuded was palpable, and I think it affected everyone near him The whole room seemed united and eager to accept him as our new President. I pray that it truly made those, who have been estranged from him, begin to gravitate toward understanding and acceptance of his dream for our Country. He gave me personally a sense of peace and a sense of hope that the Country can beat those who are working to divide and conquer us. I felt he was accepted well, and his words resonated with all those in the room.
I loved the way he addressed the Vice President, Speaker of the House, Congress, and the First Lady. Melania stood up, and she was dressed in a beautiful black sparkly dress. She was absolutely flawless and elegant, seeming to be quite relaxed and proud of her role as First Lady. She is the first First Lady born abroad since Louisa Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams, who moved into the White House in 1825. Although I am sure she was very nervous on Inauguration Day, she was flawless and graceful. I am looking forward to having her as First Lady.
Some are saying President Trump is giving mixed signals about his plans on immigration, suggesting privately that he is open to an overhaul bill that could provide a pathway to legal status but not citizenship for potentially millions of people who are in the United States illegally but have not committed serious crimes. Yet Trump made no mention of such a proposal during his address to Congress, instead highlighting the dangers posed by illegal immigration. At a private White House luncheon with television news anchors ahead of his speech, Trump acted with an openness to a compromise that would represent a softening from the crackdown on all undocumented immigrants that he promised during his campaign and that his more hard-line supporters have long advocated. So we should soon know if President Trump has rethought his immigration stance.
Trump’s condemnation of threats against Jewish community centers at the start of the speech was a very nice offering and his honoring of the widow of the Navy SEAL killed in the recent Yemen raid was remarkably powerful moment. He gave an amazing tribute to young Ryan, saying he knew he was looking down upon them, telling his wife he had sacrificed everything for his Country. The whole room was moved when he praised Navy SEAL Ryan killed during the Yemen raid saying: “Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity.”
An extremely empowering moment for me was when he said: “My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America.” I felt so proud at last to have a leader who truly meant what he said…a leader who will protect and serve the United States of America and the American people. I have mourned having no leader for a very long time. It has been as if we were a tribe without a chief roaming the land without an idea of who we were and where we were going. I don’t want to ever go back to those days, and I will do everything I can to honor and trust President Trump.
Anyone who tells you Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell weren’t a little bit worried about how Trump would do on Tuesday night — and what that would mean for his ability to rally Republicans going forward — is lying to you. Trump’s speech will go a long way to quieting the nerves of Congressional Republicans and convincing them that Trump might just be capable of being the president they desperately hope he can be. His address will serve as a validation for the likes of Ryan and McConnell, who have steadfastly supported Trump throughout the rough seas of his first month in office.
If you needed to understand just how polarized our politics are, the repeated shots of Republicans rising to cheer Trump while Democrats sat on their hands would do it. The theater of the State of the Union is always a bit overdone but what was clear from the start on Tuesday night was that Republicans were bound and determined to cheer for virtually everything Trump said and Democrats were bound and determined to do the exact opposite.
If you are looking for the two biggest influencers in terms of what Trump said and how he said it, look no further than Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, and Ivanka, the president’s eldest daughter. The unapologetic nationalism and indictment of the political system was pure Bannon. The push for paid family leave and focus on education was all Ivanka.
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) March 1, 2017
C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman:This image, captured by Howard, of Trump en route to the speech.
* The devilish details of replacing Obamacare: In the runup to the Trump speech, Republican members of Congress voiced hopes that Trump might give them guidance about how he’d like to replace Obamacare. What Trump did talk about — lowering the price of prescription drugs, keeping the pre-existing conditions provision — are widely popular idea. The issue, of course, is how to pay for all of this if you strip out the rest of the elements of Obamacare.
* People rooting for Trump’s imminent demise: He’s not going anywhere, folks. And that speech suggests he might have more upside than almost anyone thought.
In his finest hour, President Trump delivers a speech for the history books. ????????
President Donald J. Trump Full Address to a Joint Session of Congress #JointSession
February 28, 2017