President Trump’s Populist Substance, Strong Delivery, And Unforgettable Moment, Inspire The Nation And Even Its Pundits …
To any fair-minded American, President Donald J. Trump’s very first address before a joint session of Congress was an indisputable triumph. The overwhelmingly positive speech, not technically called a “State of the Union” address because he has not yet been President for a full year, was interrupted 94 times by applause, most of it boisterously delivered in one standing ovation after another. Except for the democrat half of the House. No, the democrats chose to sit on their hands and look disinterested, failing to applaud even policies which they have historically championed, Black History Month, the condemnation of hate crimes and anti-Semitism, the overcoming of handicaps by a disabled girl, a young African-American girl who had failed public school twice but was then able to enroll in a private center for learning with the help of a tax credit and a scholarship program, and so was afforded the ability to become the first person in her family to not only graduate from High School, but also from College, and will complete her master’s degree later this year; and yes, even the widow of a slain Navy Seal who, as my father used to say, “could have brought a tear to a glass eye” when she and her hero husband were being honored with extended applause as she trembled noticeably while looking toward the heavens and mouthing the words “I love you” to her husband.
Fox News KO’s Competition
But, those Americans who watched President Trump’s speech on the Fox News Channel were regaled with several unrivaled treats from well-known anchors and pundits. And, let’s face it, much of America was tuned in to the Fox News Channel for coverage of the address, as according to mediaite.com, Fox News’ 10.8 million total viewers not only beat out all other cable news networks, but also beat out all of the broadcast networks as well! Perpetual cable news also-rans, CNN and MSNBC, clocked in with only 3.9 million viewers and 1.5 million viewers, respectively. Within just this less than 7.5 minute video of immediate reactions from after the President’s address, are some priceless gems of astonished artistic articulation, rhetorical flare, and voluble vernacular from the Fox News panel. To say that these veterans of the airways were astounded by the sheer mastery of delivery and depth of substance from President Trump’s oration, is to minimize the meaning of the word “astounded.” Remember, most of these political analysts have been somewhat wary of Donald Trump’s competence as President, and were extremely skeptical, if not downright dismissive, of him as a serious candidate before the election. But, just watch their faces now!
‘Riveting Television … Powerful Moment’
The first reaction is from Brit Hume, who verily gushes as he describes the events of the address: “The most emotional moment I’ve ever seen was Ryan Owen’s widow standing there receiving the plaudits for her husband and his service and reacting as she did. It was absolutely riveting television! It was a powerful moment, undoubtedly heartfelt on her part … certainly a stunning moment! There are not many unforgettable moments in State of the Union addresses. This is certainly one that we’ll all remember for a long time.” If by chance you happened to miss this unforgettable moment, or you would simply like to relive that emotional, heartrending experience, once again, please see our post of it on our Facebook page, The Red Elephants, entitled “Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity. Thank you” – Donald J. Trump.
‘He Will Succeed’
Next on the cavalcade of correspondents is the intellectual, yet comical, curmudgeon and consistent Trump critic, Dr. Charles Krauthammer: “The best speech he ever gave. In fact, this should have been his Inaugural Address … A very statesman-like speech, straightforward about what he wants to do, why he wants to do it, and he put all of the things in terms that were sort of ‘acceptable’ radical, almost mainstream. If this is the presidency of Trump, I think he will succeed. This is the standard that he has now set for himself and, as an American, I hope he lives up to it.” High praise indeed, from one who has so far been loathe to jump on the “Trump Train.”
‘One Of The Best Speeches … I’ve Ever Heard Any President Give’
Yet, these responses may actually pale in comparison to the enthusiastic assessment of prior Trump skeptic, Chris Wallace: “Thirty-six years ago Ronald Reagan reinvented the speech to the joint session of Congress. He was the one who introduced the idea of having people up in the gallery and creating, not just a programmatic message, but a deeply emotional message. I think Donald Trump reinvented it again tonight, thirty-six years later. I thought it was by far the best speech I’ve ever heard Donald Trump give. It was one of the best speeches, in that setting, I’ve ever heard any president give. He certainly kept pace with his base. There were two extraordinary moments; one was when he said ‘We are going to repeal and replace Obamacare,’ and you just felt a guttural roar from the Republican side of the aisle. They have been waiting seven years for a president to say it and, finally tonight, for the first time, a president said that to a session of Congress. He also talked about radical Islamic terrorism. I believe that is the first time any president has ever said that from the well of the House. I want to say this right, but I feel like tonight Donald Trump became the President of the United States … So many democrats didn’t recognize him. I think tonight, whether they agree or didn’t agree with him, he became the President of the United States, and everyone’s going to have to accept that.” And even the typically stoic Chris Wallace had a hard time controlling his elation, sporting an almost continuous, out of character, smile on his face.
‘Diminish The Democrats’
Next to speak was new anchorman, Tucker Carlson, who agreed with his peers about the tremendous positive impact of the President’s speech, but then also stepped around to severely skewer the tactics of the democrats in the chamber: “The best he’s ever given. It’s the template, really, save the tape. It was Trumpism without the affect. By definition, within the mainstream. Very little, I think, even for moderate democrats to disagree with in that speech. But, the net effect was to diminish the democrats in the room. They didn’t greet him when he walked in. They didn’t applaud when he said ‘We’re going to put American interests first abroad.’ They groaned when he brought up the victims of immigrant crime, raising the obvious question, ‘Whose side are you on, exactly?!’ I mean, they didn’t do themselves any favors at all! Look, total resistance is valid if the person you’re resisting totally is totally reprehensible, but what if he says things you agree with? What if he proposes an infrastructure program that’s bigger than the one Barack Obama proposed? Which he just did. I mean, you have to be flexible in politics, which they’re not.” Carlson, the courageous courier of coherent convictions, certainly collared the contemptible contagion of the cold-hearted, comatose, democrat side of the aisle!
‘Disappointing Moments For Democrats’
Last, but not least, is the ever logical, long ago lawyer, the “lyrical” Laura Ingraham, now turned television pundit and top radio show host: “Tonight I think he set this all to music, if you will. This was a moment for Americans who’ve kind of only seen one side of Donald Trump, to sit back and say ‘Okay, now I understand what he means. We’re going to do some kind of immigration reform, but we have to base it on a few principles that we can all agree on: safety for all Americans, focus on our jobs first, make sure that we’re not giving special benefits to people who routinely violate our laws once they’re here.’ I mean, those are things that most people can agree on, yet the democrats found themselves sitting on their hands, even on the issues that they agree with him on, like woman entrepreneurship, or jobs for Americans. So I think there were some disappointing moments for the democrats in not really, you know, applauding as much as they should have. And I think Trump looked bigger as a result, which he needed right now, frankly.”
While these Fox News giants have provided us with a veritable potpourri of political parlance with regard to the President’s first address before a joint session of Congress, Newt Gingrich also weighed-in on what he described as Trump’s “best speech,” saying he was “blown away” by it.
‘Tremendous Speech/Transcendent Moment’
And even the guys over at MSNBC couldn’t find much to criticize in the address, and they actually had some compliments for the president, if you can believe it. Too bad literally nobody was watching them!
Now, yes, there were the handful of usual haters on the left who piped in against Trump and even against the slain Navy Seal’s widow, after getting their talking points from Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, yet we are really talking the dredges of humanity here, such as Michael Moore. But, everyone should watch these videos to experience every single exultant word in all their splendor. And the looks on the faces of those talking heads who have just had their minds blown by the quickly evolving oratory and inspirational skills of the POTUS, one Donald J. Trump? Priceless!