I was away from home working but made it back just before President Trump started speaking and in total, he spoke 1 hour, 18 minutes, and 1 second. In this speech, he had a few surprises– giving out the highest civilian medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to Rush Limbaugh. Not long after he was part of a surprise reunion of a military member and his family. As someone who knows how it feels to be reunited with their dad after he was off at war (although it wasn’t a surprise for us when he returned), that moment in the Capitol was a sweet one.
As for the coverage, I was watching on ABC and noticed something a bit peculiar. They had a small box on the left with a live shot of the Capitol building exterior. Is that a thing broadcasts do? I don’t ever remember seeing a locked off shot like that so I wondered if they knew something I didn’t. Like some sort of attack was coming! (Nothing bad happened, so I must just be a conspiracy theorist 🙂 ).
Anyway, the State of the Union routine was somewhat predictable. The President’s party standing in applause very often, and the opposing side sitting with arms folded. I’ll give credit to the Dems though… they did stand up at least once when Trump mentioned the Family Leave Act. Far be it from me to say it seems typical that a Democrat would cheer at the mention of getting money for NOT working, but well, they did. They half-heartedly applauded a few others times, except for that one gentleman who was clearly sleeping. Oopsy!
Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, I hope we can all agree on something that needs to change. This whole “I only support ideas in the speech if they come from a President from my party” has got to end. President Trump said some great things and yet half the room stayed seated. I listened intently to hear if the things he was saying leaned right, and there were quite a few thoughts that were simply good, true, humane, thoughtful, and kind towards people. Yet Democrats were determined to show their opposition. I know it would be the same if it was a Democrat President, so Republicans and Democrats alike need to grow up and support America, not just their own party. A good idea is a good idea no matter who says it. I’m sick of “politics” as we know it. It’s time we get back to working together, compromise, and quit with the hatred between parties. OK, I’ll get off this little soap box 🙂
The Democratic response came from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and was clocked at 10 minutes and 39 seconds. I liked her approach. Instead of battling back against Trump, she spoke positively about what Democrats are doing in our country. Do I agree with her on many things? Probably not. No, no… definitely not. But she kept her hatred for Trump at bay so that was refreshing.
Now all we gotta do is figure out who Nancy Pelosi’s invisible friend was that she talked to throughout the entire speech and we’ll be cookin’ with gas.
Did anything from the SOTU stand out to you? If so, comment below!
-Out of the Wilderness