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