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#1228226 - Wed Feb 06 2019 02:12 AM Trump's 2019 State of the Union address
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With almost 100 break-ins of applause, it ran about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

I thought it was particularly inspiring, several moments with veterans and other average Americans as guests were very emotionally moving. In contrast to those who want to sell the narrative that America is an inherently racist and unfair place, Trump gave a speech, and examples in the lives of inspiring Americans, what a truly great and exceptional country we are.

I think it was the best speech Trump has given since his inaugural speech. Many have called it "Reaganesque".

#1228230 - Wed Feb 06 2019 09:51 PM Re: Trump's 2019 State of the Union address [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Pretty much like Trump's state of the union speech last year, Democrats just sat there looking angry and expressionless at things they should have been cheering for. Such as the heroic stories of veterans of multiple wars, ICE officials who rescued young illegal-immigrant girls from sexual slavery and prostitution, soldiers who are among the last to have stormed the beaches on D-Day, who rescued prisoners at Dachau, and the now-U.S.-citizen Jewish survivors of Nazi Germany.

For this the Democrats sat on their hands and looked like pouting unhappy six-year-olds forced to go to Grandma's house.

When Trump talked about statist socialism such as in Venezuela that many have fled to the U.S. from, Trump said "we were born free and will always be free". The Democrats again just sat there like petulant children. They wouldn't even cheer enthusiastically for freedom.
Trump's next line was about the U.S. not descending into socialism. Again wild applause, but with Democrats just sitting there. Clearly the likes of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would like to recreate the country with a Lenin-style new socialist order. As I've pointed out before, as cited by DiscoverTheNetorks' Bernie Sanders listing, Sanders had a Soviet flag on the wall of his mayor's office in Burlington, Vermont throughout his 10-year term in the 1980's. How anyone can support these people and not run them out of town is beyond me.

And someone please explain to me why all the Democrat women prsent were wearing white. As one pundit laughingly said, it made it easier to see that all the people not applauding were Democrats.

It was pretty funny at one point where Trump threw a conciliatory bone to the Dems about women on the 100th anniversary of the 1920 women's suffrage (allowing women to vote) being at the highest ratio of workers ever, and women are now at the highest ratio of Senate/House members ever. At this point Pelosi finally stood up and motioned with her hands for all her partisan-Democrat puppets to stand up and applaud. I liked how Trump said "Keep standing, you'll like the next thing I have to say", and then said the second part.

And predictably, Pelosi vindictively trashed Trump after the speech for not pointing out that a majority of women in Congress were Democrat. But in his bipartisan/unifying gesture, Trump didn't specify party, he just honored women, party unspecified.

And then, irony, Schumer and Pelosi railed on Trump for being partisan in their comments after the speech!

#1228238 - Sat Feb 09 2019 06:52 PM Re: Trump's 2019 State of the Union address [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Monica Hesse, Washington Post
February 6, 2019, 6:44 PM

The lasting visual image from Tuesday night's State of the Union address was captured by photographer Doug Mills. It featured House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., applauding President Donald Trump in a way that can only be described as . . . withering? Pitying? Lucille Bluth-like in its contemptuousness?

At his lectern, the president mentioned bipartisanship and turned to acknowledge Speaker Pelosi; she rewarded him by cocking her head, arching an eyebrow, and inventing, as comedian Patton Oswalt would put it online, a clap that somehow managed to be a profanity.
Its power was in its restraint.

Pelosi was not booing the president. She was acknowledging his words. She was providing him, in the technical sense, with exactly what he was hoping for: approval.
But this was a derogatory clap, make no mistake. This was mockery wearing a half-baked costume of politeness.

The State of the Union is, by definition, a solo act: Its entire purpose is for the president to address Congress uninterrupted for as long as he or she pleases, which in this case was a little less than 90 minutes. An hour-and-a-half is a long time for the opposing party to have no rejoinder. Pelosi, who was seated behind the president's left shoulder and consistently in the camera's lens, sidestepped that issue by making her entire face a silent, screaming rejoinder.
Her lips mostly remained either pursed or puckered, as if the entire speech was a bit of gristle that must be endured before it could be discreetly spit into a napkin. She shuffled papers in front of her print-outs of Trump's speech, one presumes as if marking time for when it would all be over. Her applause was sparing, weary, and had the distinct vibe of a parent applauding a kindergartner for tying his shoes when the only goal is to quickly scoot him out the door.

Often, she was and you may love this about her behavior, or absolutely detest it bordering on rude.
But she was not passive. From her perch, she wordlessly commanded not only her portion of the camera but also the throngs of Democrat representatives seated in her eyeline. At one point, deciding they were too unruly, she casually raised her right hand and quieted them with a subtle motion.

A few minutes later, as the president acknowledged the unprecedented number of newly elected women in Congress, Pelosi motioned for the first-term Congresswomen to stand and be recognized. When they moved, it was monochromatically many had chosen to wear white, honoring suffragettes who secured women's voting rights a century ago.

Seated in a block, these representatives were their own silent, attention-grabbing rejoinder. Their homogenous clothing palette made their movements all the more noticeable. Most of the time, they sat in stony, synchronized silence, as when the president spoke of restricting abortion.

But on a few occasions, they stood. They stood when Pelosi encouraged them to, but they also stood when Trump announced (falsely, it turns out) that America "had more women in the workforce than ever before."
"You weren't supposed to do that," he said, chiding them for unexpectedly cheering at a moment he hadn't anticipated.

No, they weren't. The attention was to have been on him. This was to have been an uninterrupted performance.

But instead, Nancy Pelosi clapped for the president, and a group of congresswomen sat for the president, and they both displayed the art of stealing someone's thunder without saying anything at all.

And that's the liberal media's Democrat Newspeak opinion.

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