President Trump opened the right envelope Tuesday night

Can one speech change the national mood? Perhaps not but if any speech can Donald J. Trump delivered it Tuesday night.

Aspirational, inspirational, presidential.

During the speech, my friend Dave Keller texted “… a great communicator the likes I haven’t seen since Ronaldus Magnus.”

The indentured servants at the Stately Manor and the unlettered field hands at the Experimental Work Farm were gobsmacked. The stock market seems to like it. The Dow is up 200+ this morning. The social networks are abuzz.

Presidential! Chris Wallace of Fox News said, immediately afterwards, that Trump became President that night for his not-quite State of the Union speech. In contrast to his dark and depressing Inaugural address. Apparently, Van Jones (of all people) said the same on CNN.

This one did what every important speech must do: touch base with America’s glorious past as a launching pad to the future. “Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice — in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present.”

That torch is now in our hands. And we will use it to light up the world. I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart.

A new chapter of American Greatness is now beginning.
A new national pride is sweeping across our Nation.
And a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp. What we are witnessing today is the Renewal of the American Spirit.


Carryn Owens, whose husband Navy officer “Ryan” Owens was killed in Yemen, standing next to Ivanka

Well received were Trump’s shout outs to Abe Lincoln and Ike Eisenhower. And God.

“For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

That was in reference to the Navy Seal killed in the raid in Yemen, the highlight of the speech. His widow’s teary look heavenward from the gallery was, well, a godsend. The money shot. “Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity,” the President said. Stirring words! And just the right touch of humor when Trump ad libbed that Ryan Owens was smiling from heaven because “I think he just broke the record” for longest sustained applause. (Someone timed it at 2:11 minutes.)

Trump talked policy but — befitting a good Republican — exalted the individual. He pointed to also the sad-eyed African-American father who lost a son to illegal aliens. Yes, the issue has a human face. The disabled woman who would be dead today instead of attending Notre Dame University were it not for experimental drugs. The black social worker given a second chance thanks to education reform.

The speech was aspirational. Trump went big and bold

Cures to illnesses that have always plagued us are not too much to hope. American footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream. Millions lifted from welfare to work is not too much to expect. And streets where mothers are safe from fear — schools where children learn in peace — and jobs where Americans prosper and grow — are not too much to ask. … Join me in dreaming big, and bold and daring things for our country

Hooray for backing our police! The President intro’d the widows of two slain police officers. “Every American child should be able to grow up in a safe community, to attend a great school, and to have access to a high-paying job.”

We must work with — not against — the men and women of law enforcement. … Police and sheriffs are members of our community. They are friends and neighbors, they are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters — and they leave behind loved ones every day who worry whether or not they’ll come home safe and sound.

Looking small

Your Humble Squire may be partisan (alright, I’m partisan) but some of the Democrats looked awful small, sitting on their hands. Al Franken and Nancy P looked shell shocked. PTSD — President Trump Stress Disorder. And what was with the ladies in white? Were they supposed to be virginal First Communicants? Or was it a Klan meeting? Aren’t we all more than a little tired of these petty stunts?

Devin Gatton said (on Facebook) Whoever wrote the speech deserves a pay raise and whoever kept him on message deserves a medal. Yes! Let the Democrats play small. We go presidential!

Gregory Jon claims Trump’s address attracted a record 3-million Tweets. “The most fascinating stat: not one of those came from @realDonaldTrump.”

Did any Democrats shake Trump’s hand? Couldn’t tell.

Pop Quiz: Know what this speech had that the Inaugural Address did not? COMPASSION!

Bonus points to Trump for not lecturing Americans on how awful we are.

Bonus #2 to the extensive mention of the Harley Davidsons on the White House lawn.

Your homework for the day — Practice saying this in front of a mirror: “President Trump,” “President Trump,” “President Trump.”

Here’s the speech, unedited:

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8 Responses to President Trump opened the right envelope Tuesday night

  1. TdawgMeister says:

    Agreed was his best speech yet. Reminded me when Hitler took over in Germany. OK, in all seriousness there was only one Dutch Reagan. Even Bill Clinton was a phenomenal Orator. His Press conference set the tone for his presidency and this speech cemented him in office.

    Al Franken, Nancy Pelosi, Tim Kaine and Chuck Schumer looked dead inside and uninspired ready for a nap. The funniest was seeing Elizabeth Warren mouthing “What did he say?” after Trump mentioned the partnership with Canada for women entrepreneurs. Like she had no clue what he was talking about. Did anyone notice the sound in the room when Trump announced the V.O.I.C.E. office creation, sounded like the someone was caught off guard with a shrilly gasp.

    Democrats keep trotting out the likes of these and keep losing elections. 2 years is not that far away and with 10 Senator in states Trump won up for grabs stop the denying, pouting or you will become true minority in the Senate as well.

    If you work with him to do the right thing for the country and people and not for yourselves you will be rewarded, keep dividing and you will pay again at the ballot box.


  2. madisonexpat says:

    Let’s not be naive. Clearly the Russians hacked Warren Beatty’s envelope! John McCain demands a special prosecutor and La-La Land demands a recount.
    Not my Oscar winner!

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  3. Brenda Konkel's midget servant says:

    I agree with the progressive strategy of doubling down on race. We need more Rachel Dolezals and Shaun Kings, and more DNA tests!

    Hey, speaking of doubling down on stupid, did you hear about the new (but not new narrative) Hollywood kill-white-people movie “Get Out?” It pulls out all the stops! Whites gonna enslave the browns, again! And we’re gonna watch it on a screen, feel guilty, and then post our rage on social media! It’s yet another -made by liberal white people- movie marketed to and sold to liberal white people. Apparently, urban millennial whites can’t get enough of this media category. It’s smart!


  4. coolkevs says:

    Would advise be careful about that stock market rally – Trump and his acolytes will have to own it on the way down that inevitably happens. Wouldn’t be surprised if Wall St was pushing it up more and more only to have the rug pull be more severe a la 1987.


  5. Dave, not B says:

    Clearly this country has been yearning for a leader for 8 years now, and President Trump’s arrival is not a moment too soon. In just a few days, we’ll be crossing the $20 trillion debt mark. Just another of 0bama’s milestones for his legacy. The dems will probably be celebrating.


  6. coolkevs says:

    Ed Hughes out of the Madison school board race? Say it ain’t so…


  7. madisonexpat says:

    Chair Bloggeur Blaska. Point of clarification; why is that naked, gold dude standing next to the Manor and, considering where he holds his sword, how small must his “award” be?


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