President Trump

20 January 2017 in the United States of America

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“What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now.”

“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.”

“America will start winning again, winning like never before.”

“I will fight for you with every breath in my body — and I will never, ever let you down.”

“We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.”

“We will shine for everyone to follow.”

“We will unite the civilized world against radical Islam, which we will eradicate from the face of the earth.”

“When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

“When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.”

“We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.”

“We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.”

“So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:You will never be ignored again. ”

“Together we will make America strong again, we will make America wealthy again, we will make America proud again, we will make America safe again. And yes, together we will make America great again.”

Full text of President Trump’s speech.

And for balance, here it is at Fox.

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  1. Gezza

     /  21st January 2017

    Watching it live. Very emotional. He is putting the boot in to The System already.

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  2. Trump has set some very high bars. It’s going to be extremely difficult for him to deliver what he is selling the American people. Some will end up being disappointed when nothing much changes for them.

    We shall see whether he and his administration can match his rhetoric. None of his ideals will be quick or easy.

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    • Noel

       /  21st January 2017

      Aw most of these speeches are full of unsustainable uplifting rhetoric..

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    • Conspiratoor

       /  21st January 2017

      You are an astute political commentator of but sadly you and many others naysayers just don’t get this guy. If I get time later I might expand on this. Cheers,c

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      • Do you think your way of ‘getting this guy’ is somehow superior?

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        • Conspiratoor

           /  21st January 2017

          Eh? No but it will help you understand

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          • Help me understand what? That some people seem to be enthralled by someone who may make some positive changes for sure, but who also poses some major risks to the world.

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            • Care to name the risks Pete. I’m quite interested in what you’re so worried about…

            • International trade is a major risk, especially for New Zealand as collateral damage. If a trade and currency war breaks out between the US and China, for example, that could have major repercussions here.

            • Well that it least is a rational concern. Though Trumps rhetoric on this will be an interesting match to his actions.

              Remember this guy has always talked big then cuts deals. His “I’ll never pay” statements when sued, which morph into settlements 2 years later.

              He is just telling the Chinese very publicly he wants a better deal for the US and the Chinese being the pragmatists with 50 year views, as they are, will smile, nod and cut a deal with an eye to when he is gone…

              The other fear of Russia and the US coming to blows is probably receding in my view. Trump will not abandon Europe but he might pull NATO back from its stupid eastward advance – Mattis and the others understand geopolitics and they know they don’t need to fight the Russians.

            • What if Russia involves it’s military in another country? And if Trump does nothing, or praises Putin, what if they go further?

            • What ifs are the great imponderable. What has Obama done to confront Putin when airplanes have been shot down and the Crimea invaded? Zip.

              Trump is not going to pull the trigger on the nuclear option if that is the fear.

              Him praising Putin is unlikely unless it involves Putin slapping Jihadis around…

              You’re just going to have to wait and see Pete. And in the interim remember where your towel is and what Douglas Adams said….

  3. Brown

     /  21st January 2017

    Words may carry a day or a week but not years. Actions matter and he will need to deliver more than slogans. Rolling back political correctness would be a great start. I’d like to see Peter Jackson’s “The Dam Busters” with Gibson’s dog Nigger in it.

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    • I’m not sure that going Dam Busters is in his 100 day plan.

      But I agree, he has to deliver more than slogans.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  21st January 2017

        There are cases for removing the word nigger-I can see no harm in replacing it with something else when the sense won’t be changed and the writer is someone who wouldn’t use that word now, like Radclyffe Hall or E Nesbit. ‘Nigger minstrel’ could just be ‘minstrel’, ‘working like a nigger’ could be ‘working incredibly hard’ and so on. But as Nigger was the dog’s name, that seems a pointless change-they needn’t have made a real thing of it, or they could have just said that the code was the dog’s name and not said the name. ‘How about my old dog’s name as the code ? Nobody’d guess that one. ” Cut to dog looking pleased.

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  4. “A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.”

    Just saying that won’t make it happen. There has been little sign of his division healing.

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  5. lucher1948

     /  21st January 2017

    All the white senators arriving at the US Statuary hall and all the invisible negro and Hispanic waiters waiting to serve them.Shades of the last days of the roman empire…

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  6. lurcher1948

     /  21st January 2017

    Chuckle,Trump issigning the cabinet orders and handing out pens with(made in china) on them like his “make america great again”hats,Trump will need to sweat over the little things

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  7. Conspiratoor

     /  21st January 2017

    An observation. In contrast to obama’s inauguration speech which was largely about him, trump made very few references to himself.

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  8. Conspiratoor

     /  21st January 2017

    He’s getting out. I’m counting 32 heavies within 15m. Some pushing and jostling. No gun shots yet

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  9. lurcher1948

     /  21st January 2017

    Walked 10 feet with more security than spectators.Probably will stop at his hotel so his serfs can bow to him…

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  10. Gezza

     /  21st January 2017

    Aljaz reporter in Москва reported that Trump is extraordinarily popular with the Russian people. They believe he respects their country, will pursue good relations & dialogue with them, & will lift unfair sanctions.

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    • Conspiratoor

       /  21st January 2017

      Trump and Putin I’m not so sure G. You will be aware what happens when two macho jocks meet in a bar. They start off great mates, however towards the end of the night you’ll usually find them outside laying into each other

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      • Gezza

         /  21st January 2017

        The Vladimir would simply invite The Donald to step outside & then keep him waiting forever.

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      • And that is one of the biggest risks with Trump’s presidency.

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        • Gezza

           /  21st January 2017

          You know, I’m actually not so sure. I think those two will simply do deals.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  21st January 2017

            I suspect Trump and Putin will agree to relocate the UN to Moscow in return for rights to build Trump Tower Moscow.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  21st January 2017

      If the Russian people believe that in any numbers, their national anthem should be “And The Band Played ‘Believe It if You Like.’

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      • Gezza

         /  21st January 2017

        They’re very patriotic Kitty. And the Americans helped them beat the Germans.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  21st January 2017

          Plenty of Russians are expats. One cannot generalise about an entire nation.

          If the Americans helped them to beat the Germans, they took their time (think siege of Leningrad) General Winter was instrumental as he was when Napoleon made the basic error of invading at the wrong time of year. To hear Trump and other Americans, you’d think that they came in and did everything and nobody else did anything. I find this arrogant distortion really annoying.

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          • Gezza

             /  21st January 2017

            Les Yankees actually did give them quite a bit of war materiel, including trucks & various war supplies, and these were very welcome and used to great effect. Many of their air combat victories were scored in Cobras.

            One notes your introductory comment about not generalising about an entire nation, smiles at your last sentence, and stores that comment away for possible future citation.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  21st January 2017

              Trump has said it (We won World War II), and I have heard it elsewhere. They were saying it at the time, they even had songs about it.

            • Gezza

               /  21st January 2017

              I think they won their half of it. Flattened a lot of cities too, although, not entirely on their own of course.

              Probably not unfair to claim they won the WWII pacific war. The Russians invading Manchuria will always be debated I imagine in some circles as the final reason for Hirohito telling his people the unendurable must be endured & to put down their arms, but I recall something about two very large & terrible bombs having a lot to do with it & am inclined to let Trumpy have that one. For today, anyway.

  11. PDB

     /  21st January 2017

    Phil Quin sees dead people………

    “Any hope that Trump would pivot back to the governing norms that have undergirded American democracy were dashed in no uncertain terms. I expected a poor speech; I saw a terrible and terrifying one”.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/us-election-2016/88642095/phil-quin-trumps-ultranationalist-speech-dashes-hopes-of-those-who-didnt-support-him

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  21st January 2017

      We can expect four years of apocalyptic hand-wringing from the declining Fourth Estate, tapering off to a faint shrill whine as their readership abandons their medium along with their false prophesies.

      Back in the real world the challenge for Trump is to rebuild urban support for good business and practical solutions rather than pie in the sky socialist and green fantasies. In the US he has a better base of business entrepreneurs to support him in this. Unfortunately here most of the big business leaders are effectively commercial bureaucrats whose vision is little wider than the nearest low hanging fruit on offer from the public bureaucracy.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  21st January 2017

        Weasel words.

        If he thinks that people are going to want to spend a lot more to buy things, he will be in for a rude awakening. It’s too late to change that. I am typing on an Asian-made notebook, using a Chinese-made tray as a knee desk (so that the dog can sit beside me) and wearing clothes made in China. In an hour or so, I will be putting a Chinese microwave dish into an Asian made microwave and I suspect that the cutlery will be Chinese made too. The dog’s dishes are NZ Crown Lynn, but his casserole sachet will be cut open with Chinese made scissors. I am not prepared to pay much more so that these things can be made in my own country.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  21st January 2017

          We are in a different situation, Kitty, since there is no way our manufacturing could compete in most areas with imports. So trade is 30% of our GDP but half that for the US.

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  12. I love this spoof courtesy of the”Shep Report”

    NO THE OTHER ONE!
    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are getting ready for a debate, sitting across from each other in a green room at FOX Business News.
    Donald leans over and with a slight smile on his face and says, “I’m amazed at how your liberal media was unable to protect you from that earlier scandal.”
    Hillary: “You mean my lying about Benghazi being caused by a video?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”
    Hillary: “You mean my helping the Democrat Party welcome illegals coming across the border, then later setting them up as undocumented workers so they would be ready to receive voting IDs before the next presidential election?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”
    Hillary: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted on time?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”
    Hillary: “Using my secret private server with classified material to hide other activities?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”
    Hillary: “Assisting the NSA to monitor the phone calls and emails of other Americans under the guise of catching terrorists?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”
    Hillary: “Using the Clinton Foundation as a cover-up for tax evasion while taking bribes from foreign countries for favours while I was Secretary of State?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”
    Hillary: “Helping Obama to give 123 Technologies $300 million, knowing it would soon declare bankruptcy and then later be rescued by the Chinese?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”
    Hillary: “You mean aligning myself with the Muslim Brotherhood to help them overtake Egypt?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”
    Hillary: “Whitewater, Watergate committee, Vince Foster or commodity deals where I turned five figures into six?”
    Trump: “No the other one:”
    Hillary: “The IRS being encouraged to target conservative organizations to discourage them from gathering up new voters?”
    Trump: “No the other one:”
    Hillary: “Turning Libya into chaos that would allow Obama’s JV Team to enter the country?”
    Trump: “No the other one:”
    Hillary: “Working with Obama to trash Mubarak, then assisting the Muslim Brotherhood to take over the Egyptian Government through the fog of the Arab Spring?”
    Trump: “No the other one:”
    Hillary: “Turning our backs on Israel while encouraging the Palestinians to claim the city of Jerusalem as their’s during the 2012 Democratic convention?”
    Trump: “No the other one:”
    Hillary: “Protecting Obama in the Iran Nuke Deal?”
    Trump: “No the other one:”
    Hillary: “Helping Obama to leave Iraq in chaos, allowing ISIS to move in and remove 2,000 years of Christian traditions from the northern part of the country that would clear a path for more Muslim territory?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”
    Hillary: “The Department of Justice spying on the press?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”
    Hillary: “You mean HHS Secretary Sibelius and her shake down of health insurance executives while getting abortions approved using taxpayer money?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”
    Hillary: “Giving Obama’s cronies in Solyndra $500 million dollars, when we knew three months later they would also declare bankruptcy and then be sold to the Chinese?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”
    Hillary: “The State Department interfering with an inspector general’s investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”
    Hillary: “Myself, the IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”
    Hillary: “Threats to Bill’s former mistresses to shut them up.”
    Trump: “No, the other one?”
    Hillary: “I give up! Oh wait, I think I’ve got it! When I stole the White House furniture, silverware and China dishware when Bill left office?”
    Trump: “That’s it! And to think you had almost forgotten about that one.”

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  13. Alan Wilkinson

     /  21st January 2017

    Here’s one for you, PG:

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  21st January 2017

      Another:

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    • I don’t feel like that at all. But I think there are greater risks of unintended consequences of Trump’s actions than there was from the lack of action from Obama.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  21st January 2017

        Looking at what happened to the Middle East and Europe and many other places on Obama’s watch that seems unlikely to me. He’s left unexploded ordinance all over the planet.

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  14. lurcher1948

     /  21st January 2017

    Watching a child group at one of trumps balls called Pelican 212 good but not Bruce the boss, its the little things like that,Trump is the commander,but does he garner respect,i bet the negro and Hispanic staff spit on his meals,just saying

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  21st January 2017

      They probably wait until the dog’s about to sneeze and hold the plate under his nose. Or when he lifts his leg, someone runs out with the tureen….

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  21st January 2017

      Lurch, please don’t tell me that Trump has NAMED his, er, parts…is the other one Pelican 211 ?

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  15. lurcher1948

     /  21st January 2017

    My wife wants to know why the 10 yo son is so jittery,trumps son seems to shake a lot watch him

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    • Gezza

       /  21st January 2017

      Possible there’s a problem there with a dad of that age, Lurch. But if so, it’s through no fault of the lad’s. Leave him alone.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  21st January 2017

        Mrs T either has enormous hands or was wearing enormous gloves-they looked like outsized rubber or oven gloves. The suit was lovely, but the matchy-matchy giant gloves ruined the look. Ugg gloves.

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        • Gezza

           /  21st January 2017

          Girls eh ?

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  21st January 2017

            It was a really odd look, you must admit-that lovely tailored suit and the clown gloves which spoiled the whole look by taking attention from it.. Too matchy-matchy looks as if someone’s trying too hard. The suit was channeling Jackie Kennedy, the gloves looked like a detergent ad.

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            • Gezza

               /  21st January 2017

              These are not the sorts of things that matter to fellows. I thought the Donald’s choice of a black business suit was possibly not the best & that a navy coloured mid-weight material would have brought out the colour of his eyes better. The red tie is passe, frankly – something a bit more upmarket & hip, with, say, an embroidered presidential crest prominently visisble just above the v of the jacket would have been fetching. The white shirt & black patent leather shoes were ok.

  16. Kitty Catkin

     /  21st January 2017

    Trust Trump to choose a hackneyed, predictable old number like ‘I Did It My Way’-this rather went against the spirit of that speech, non ? It could have been worse-‘The Working-class Can Kiss My Arse’.

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  17. Kitty, is it a case of Muldoon revisited?

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  18. I also observe the complete lack of grace from Mrs Obama in the way she handled the present given to her by the First Lady. It is as id war has been declared, or is it the first shots in Obama Mark II for Madam President?

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    • Gezza

       /  21st January 2017

      Be a long time before they’ll want to consider possibly electing some ex-president’s missus again, I imagine. Especially after the last one.

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