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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Trump reassures America

Ari Fleischer -- Dubya's first and best press secretary (and really, the best I've seen) -- summed up in two tweets what President Trump's goal was in his State of the Union address tonight.

Ari Fleischer: "The speech tonight is more about Pres. Trump and less about specific policy.  He needs to give people confidence he can do the job. He needs to come across as thoughtful. He needs to impress persuadable voters that he can do the job and that his policies should be enacted."

And that, of course, is what Trump did.

The White House built up the speech. I was not looking forward to reviewing this speech because I knew what he had to say, and worried that he would not say it -- or would not say it in a calm, cool manner.

But he used his soothing voice, bringing up black history week, threats to the Jewish cemeteries, and a racially motivated homicide in Kansas City. This set up the theme of unity, which is what the nation needs.

Three excerpts from President Trump's speech:
The time for small thinking is over, the time for trivial fights is behind us, we just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts, the bravery to express the hopes that stir our souls, and the confidence to turn those hopes and dreams to action. From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations not burdened by our fears.
Tonight, I am also calling on this Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time provide better health care. Mandating every American to buy government approved health insurance was never the right solution for America. The way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance and that is what we will do.
My administration wants to work with members in both parties to make child care accessible and affordable, to help ensure new parents have paid family leave, to invest in women's health, and to promote clean air and clean water and rebuild our military infrastructure. By finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions of dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone. My economic team is developing historic tax reform that will reduce the tax rate on our companies so they can compete and thrive anywhere and with anyone. At the same time, we will provide massive tax relief for the middle class.
By the way, that first line is a clunker. "The bravery to express the hopes that stir our souls"???

But toward the end of the night, he hit it out of the ballpark: "My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America."

And the optics were terrific. Trump looked presidential, which normalized him -- despite the efforts of his distractors. He was able to point to progress that he has made in getting companies to invest in American manufacturing.

President Trump was able to point to cutting regulations to help coal. And while I am no fan, bravo to Senator Joe Manchin for standing and applauding alone, until a few others joined him.

President Trump made the case for the Wall, and for keeping out radical Muslim fanatics. He said he would stand behind Israel. But his tone was soothing.

In mid-speech, Ari Fleischer tweeted encouragement.
Indeed, President Trump is learning to be a politician.

We have all seen his Howard Beale side. It was time to see his Norman Vincent Peale side.

He talked about meeting with Harley Davidson officials, who seemed resigned to not being able to sell motorcycles overseas. Trump said, "They weren't even asking for a change, but I am."

That's leadership.

And Roseanne Barr -- the working class mom -- applauded him.
The president we saw tonight was the uniter: "Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed."

Even the Fifth Columnists in the Fourth Estate could see the importance of this speech.
President Trump's call for fixing the nation's infrastructure follows a long line of Republican presidents going back to Lincoln. I wrote about that on December 8.

The biggest ovation of the night went to Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, the Navy SEAL who died in last month’s counterterrorism raid in Yemen.

His father was bitter over it, as one might expect. But his widow, Carryn Owens, was there and President Trump assured her that her husband did not die in vain. The president's words and the waves of applause for her husband had to ease some of the great grief she feels. I pray his father, too, gets some solace from this night.

(I hate writing when I am crying. I apologize.)

President Trump said, "We are one people, with one destiny. We all bleed the same blood. We all salute the same flag. And we are all made by the same God."

I did not want the speech to end. And I did not want to say it was a terrific speech, because that is what readers expect me to write.

But that is what it was.


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  1. Thank you for the summary. I could not watch nor listen to the speech.

    Agree with you on Ari Fleishcher Thank you for including his comments. And wow - positive comments from Jonathan Karl and Andrew Malcolm. Malcolm has been off the rails and his comment is impressive.

  2. President Trump was brilliant. He attacked nobody and proved that he is more than up to the job of being the President of the United States of America.

    His supporters have every right to be ecstatic of his speech, and of the future he presents to our nation. He made the Democrats in attendance look small and insignificant.

  3. Babe Ruth at bat-pointing to the bleachers moment..
    Thank you DJT..

  4. Sounds like he knocked that speech out of the park over the center field bleachers.

  5. Is there any way I can ask you to put your books on Apple's iBooks as well as Kindle? I really hate the way Kindle formats books and iBooks is a huge improvement. It also gives you a straight 70% of revenue without the various fees Kindle charges, so you are a bit better off if someone buys your books there.

    Thanks for listening.

    1. I just added Nook (took two weeks) now to see what I can do about iBooks

  6. "Ari Fletcher ... summed up in two tweets what President Bush's goal was in his State of the Union address tonight."

    Don, you must have watched a different speech on TV than I did, because we are two presidents past George Bush. Tonight the speaker was Donald J. Trump, the current President of the United States of America. Or did you have your Wayback Machine turned on?

  7. Have you noticed that when Trump gets those standing ovations, he makes a point of getting the first clause of his next sentence out before pausing to embrace the applause?

    It locks attention on that clause in a way no mere emphasis could.

  8. No apologies necessary, I tear up every time I read about that moment last night.

    1. Yeah, I rushed to the tissue box. Haven't cried like that since Dubya's bullhorn speech on the rubble after 9/11.

  9. Thank you Don, great summary, as always. I recorded it and will watch later today. Everything I've read from sane people (non-haters) is very positive. Let's hope the others start to wake up soon...

  10. It was a great speech. I expect Trump will prevail. But he's going to have to make sausage, as the Germans say. I suspect he's going to alter his stance on illegal immigration. Don't particularly like that. However, we're just one terrorist attack away from a major action on illegals. I can appreciate the merit system of legal immigration, but the leftists are in an existential fight for illegal voters.

    That's why they will never agree to protect the border. That's another reason why civil insurrection is just around the corner.

  11. President Trump's speech? He. Nailed. It. - Elric

  12. Great summary, Don! I'll have to see if Donnelly was standing with Manchin at the mention of coal, but I'm doubting it. He's showing that he's firmly in the pocket of the far-left these days, and I don't think it's going to play well in Indiana in '18 for him.

    And how effing sad is it that we have to be excited that an American president has to emphasize that he's putting America first. As if any other nation in the world gives a shit about the world beyond their parochial interests first.


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