Trump’s State of the Union speech

President Donald Trump has given his ‘State of the Union’ speech.

RCP: Full Replay/Transcript: President Trump Delivers 2018 State Of The Union Address

It will please some, who would have been pleased regardless.

It will dismay some, who would have been dismayed regardless.

It will have angered some, who would have been angered regardless.

I really can’t be bothered checking it out, but here’s something on it from Politico: Trump offers same policies in new bipartisan packaging

In his first State of the Union address, the president positions immigration and infrastructure proposals as unifying initiatives.

In his first State of the Union address to Congress, President Donald Trump struck an upbeat, optimistic tone and promised to move forward with a “clear vision and a righteous mission — to make America great again for all Americans.”

Much of the speech sought to paint a portrait of a country moving ahead in a united fashion to ensure Americans a better political and financial future — a contrast in tone to the president’s often divisive rhetoric during the 2016 presidential campaign where his opponents received derogatory nicknames.

But Trump focused largely on familiar policy proposals, including on immigration and infrastructure, which he positioned as common-sense, mainstream ideas — even though Democrats have been cool or outright rejected them.

Nowhere has that been clearer than in the immigration plan outlined last week by the White House, which Trump said “generously” outlines a path to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented immigrants, twice as many as are currently covered under President Barack Obama’s DACA program. He committed to ending the visa lottery system and eliminating immigration preferences for extended family in favor of what he described as a merit-based system, ideas Democrats say upend the tradition of immigration laws in this country.

“It is time to reform these outdated immigration rules, and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century,” Trump argued.

But the immigration policy details spoke to the hawkish side of Republican party — breaking with the speech’s theme of bipartisan cooperation.

Trump devoted the first part of the speech to the historic tax legislation passed in December along a party-line vote. He spoke fondly of its details, including a doubling of the child tax credit and an increase in the standard deduction; and of a skyrocketing stock market that he said has helped pad Americans’ 401(k) accounts, pensions, and college savings plans.

“The era of economic surrender is over,” he declared.

Absent from Trump’s speech was any direct mention of his predecessor — even though much of Trump’s work over the past year has involved undoing Obama’s legacy, or defining himself in contrast to his 2016 campaign rival, Hillary Clinton.

Trump also made no mention of Russia or the ongoing investigations into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, a probe that has expanded to include the question of whether Trump or people close to him obstructed justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey.

The format of the speech played to Trump’s strengths by blending policy promises and prescriptions with stories of real Americans affected by the changes his administration has made — in an attempt to turn a prime-time speech into one slightly more connected to average Americans.

The Hill: Trump makes case he’s stoking American dream

President Trump called for bipartisan action on immigration and infrastructure in his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, asking a deeply divided nation to come together after a tumultuous first year in office.

The president said his agenda is working, arguing a growing economy that he linked to the tax-cut bill passed by Congress in December has created “a new American moment.”

“To every citizen watching at home tonight, no matter where you have been or where you come from, this is your time,” Trump said. “If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve absolutely anything.”

The address comes against the backdrop of a partisan divide in Washington that has deepened since Trump’s inauguration.

Democrats, many of whom brought “Dreamers” as guests to the president’s speech, booed and hissed when the president mentioned his plans to slash the number of people who immigrate to the U.S. through family connections — a practice Trump has decried as “chain migration.”

Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), a key Democratic negotiator on immigration, shook his head when Trump mentioned his plan to eliminate the via lottery, which allows people

Virtually no Democrats applauded any aspect of Trump’s plan, which he called a “fair compromise — one where nobody gets everything they want, but where our country gets the critical reforms it needs.”

Representative Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) delivered the Democratic response.

 

31 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  February 1, 2018

    Greeted with sour bitchiness from the usual suspects I see though half the viewers thought it was fine.

  2. David

     /  February 1, 2018

    75% favourable reaction to SOTU, Trump has a 10 point approval bounce in January, Grammy ratings fall 30% and so far 3 million Americans have recieved a bonus from the tax cuts and wages are finally rising.
    If one focuses on Trumps actions and not his words if they look at the results not the reactions you have a highly succesful and effective administration. It has been a steep learning curve he is learning very quickly as evidenced by his very generous DACA offer, the Dems have no idea what to do with it.

  3. Patzcuaro

     /  February 1, 2018
    • Corky

       /  February 1, 2018

      Be careful what you wish for.

    • It will be extremely funny if he gets re-elected… the noise of all the dyed in the wool lefties and liberals losing their shit will be hilarious

      • Corky

         /  February 1, 2018

        You Tube will be full of clips with Lefties in ”breakdown mode.” Such an unsightly spectacle.

  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  February 1, 2018

    What I heard of it seemed the mixture as before, rather yawn-making. Trump praising himself as usual.

    • Corky

       /  February 1, 2018

      Let’s cut to the chase. Trump is in complete control. The country is humming, his opponents cowered. The only question is: can he win a second term? A few months back I would have said, no. Now I think more than a few Americans will pause before voting.

      I know it’s hard, Kitty. But please eat your humble pie like a good kitty.

      Pardon my dry, ham fisted humour.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 1, 2018

        Hamfisted is right, but dry ?
        And humour ?

        3-2 don’t like him. I would hope that no one person would be in complete control, even if this was possible. That’s called dictatorship.

  5. Joe Bloggs

     /  February 1, 2018

    The State of the Union address in 21 words:

    “I brought back the auto companies, healed our divides, and, at the sound of the bell, you may open your eyes.”