SOTU–2019

The president get to give his speech to the two Houses of Congress…and I have watched many of Trump’s speeches….I found them infantile, juvenile rhetoric so I will choose to not subject myself to the ramblings of a immature windbag….instead I shall just post the analysis of others that have a better stomach than me.

Sorry I wish I could do better but after two years I am weary with the antics of a windbag……just how many times will he go off script?

esident Trump’s State of the Union address “showed this president growing in this job,” an approving House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said after Trump’s address to Congress Tuesday night. Democrats, however, said Trump’s second SOTU address followed a now-familiar pattern: Soaring calls for bipartisanship coupled with digs at the Democrats and an unyielding stance on major issues. “We must reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution—and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise, and the common good,” he said. Some key takeaways:

  • “Harsh lecture” on immigration. After saying Americans hoped “we would govern not as two parties but one nation,” Trump returned to the divisive issue of border security, delivering what the Wall Street Journal calls a “notably harsh lecture on the evils of illegal immigration.” He did not mention any deal involving legal status for Dreamers and did not, as some had expected, declare a national emergency in order to build a border wall, though he promised: “I will get it built.”
  • Possible areas of compromise. Trump highlighted two areas of possible compromise, calling for renewed efforts to fix “crumbling infrastructure” and to do something about prescription drug prices, the Washington Post reports. “It is unacceptable that Americans pay vastly more than people in other countries for the exact same drugs, often made in the exact same place,” he said. “This is wrong, unfair, and together we can stop it.”
  • An appeal to the base. The president gave his conservative Christian base something to cheer about with a call to limit late-term abortions, the AP reports. “These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world,” he said.
  • No more “endless wars.” Trump spoke of peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan and defended his decision to pull US troops from Syria, the Guardian reports. “As a candidate for president, I pledged a new approach,” he said. “Great nations do not fight endless wars.”
  • 2020 preview. In what the Guardian sees as a preview of 2020 election themes, Trump said Americans were “alarmed” by talk of socialism. “Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country,” he said. He also warned that “ridiculous partisan investigations” could hurt America’s prosperity.
  • Good behavior.There was plenty of sighing and eye-rolling among Democrats during some of Trump’s more controversial remarks, but no heckling, the AP reports. Lawmakers from both parties sang “Happy Birthday” to an 82-year-old man who survived both the Holocaust and last year’s mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. In another light moment, newly elected female House Democrats, dressed in white to honor suffragettes, stood up and cheered when Trump spoke of having created jobs for women. “You weren’t supposed to do that,” the president said.
  • Democrats were not impressed. Democrats slammed the address as very far from bipartisan, Politico reports. “I heard no unity tonight. Even the issues on which I think there should be a bipartisan basis, taking on the high cost of drugs, doing a significant investment in infrastructure, we heard no details and no plan,” said Oregon’s Sen. Jeff Merkley. “We heard the same empty campaign style rhetoric we’ve heard before.” Hawaii’s Sen. Mazie Horono simply said: “WTF.”
  • Neither was Ann Coulter. Ann Coulter, who has recently stepped up her criticism of Trump, slammed the “Oprah-like” speech in numerous scathing tweets, Mediaite reports.”This was the lamest, sappiest, most intentionally tear-jerking SOTU ever,” she tweeted. “Please fire your speechwriter.” She also slammed Trump for not devoting enough time to the border wall, saying he “had better be breaking ground tomorrow.”

(Read more State of the Union Address stories.)

All in all a good example of how to spread fear….other than that I will take vanilla.

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6 thoughts on “SOTU–2019

  1. I was wondering when he was going to get around to the fear of your version of ‘Socialism’. I anticipate this moving up a few gears, until it becomes ‘The Red Menace’, in the build up to the 2020 election. Maybe he will find himself a new McCarthy?
    Thanks for the roundup, saved me watching it on the news. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I am sick I had to watch……teehee…..you are welcome and his liberal use of “socialism” was amazing…..but that is what fear mongers do….chuq

  2. Pelosi was the juvenile one last night, along with many of her ‘women in white,’ following her lead. I can’t believe we have such infantile people in Congress. I am used to Congress not getting anything worthwhile done, but their behavior now is ridiculous!

    1. It has been that way for decade maybe more….like in the past when some childish rep had to yell “you lie” is not different. Ridiculous as before…..we cannot adult action from childish windbags. chuq

  3. Honestly, chuq, I sorta breathed a sigh of relief after his speech. He didn’t announce some off-the-wall (pun intended) new domestic or international course of action that we will have to live down and be embarrassed about. I am happy all it was, was the usual “I am great” blabber.
    As for the Democratic response… I never thought those things were important or made any sense. Primarily, it’s mindless blabber also. The idea in the beginning is that these things were meant as a kind of rebuttal to the President’s speech… and to do it while the national attention was still focused on the moment. Well.. if no one knows what the President will say until a few minutes before he starts… how can anyone slam a properly composed rebuttal speech inside of the 20 minutes between the President’s speech and the response to it? It’s all idiocy, if you ask me.

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