Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Count me surprised and impressed by our president's performance last night

And it wasn't just me. Philip Rucker and Robert Costa at the Washington Post called it "uncharacteristically disciplined."

But if you want to really grasp the speech's impact, consider Van Jones's response at CNN and on Twitter: "He became president." "For people hoping that maybe he would remain a divisive cartoon . . . they should begin to become a little bit worried tonight."

I hope we find out some specifics about the team that wrote it, because it had just the right flourishes in just the right places:

“We are one people, with one destiny,” Trump said quietly near the end. “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.”

And this abrupt reversal of the Most  Equal Comrade's style of being president:

“My job is not to represent the world,” Trump said. “My job is to represent the United States of America.”

And his reasoning behind his call for increased military spending:

“America is willing to find new friends, and to forge new partnerships, where share interests align,” Trump said. “We want harmony and stability, not war and conflict.”
The bring-the-house-down moment was the nod to, and standing ovation for, Carryn Owens, widow of Ryan Owens, the Navy SEAL killed in the January Yemen raid. Van Jones called it "one of the most extraordinary moments you've ever seen in American politics."

As I say, consider me surprised and impressed, but also well aware that DJT is no consistent conservative. He forthrightly called for a big infrastructure program, as well as paid family leave. (We are going to have to keep our eye on Ivanka; she has the scent of trouble about her.)

But, to sum up, the president served notice that last fall's seismic shift was real, and that American greatness has not been permanently extinguished. Indeed, a rekindled flame grows among the embers of collectivist ruin.


  1. Nice showboating with the deceased seal's death. Typical of a war monger to tug at the heartstrings. Ask his dad what he thinks. So when does he wag the dog to the cheers of his madding crowd? This Preaident is leading down paths we shall surely regret we trod. No mention of international coalitions? We're so great now we go it alone?

  2. I really can't believe you've decided to join the chorus of vile moral monsters who want to ascribe opportunistic motives to the president's paying tribute to Carryn Owens and her husband's sacrifice.

  3. Wait till he gets Dicked in the Johnson with something like a thousand body bags coming home a week. This was his Trumpet blowing for one widow about a casualty that could have been prevented. Wave your flag, psycho panters!

  4. You're the vile moral monsters!

  5. On what basis do you make that assertion?