First let me say that I long considered myself an independent until I realized I always voted Democrat a number of years ago because I find they best represent my interests, so that's my POV...
First let me say that I long considered myself an independent until I realized I always voted Democrat a number of years ago because I find they best represent my interests, so that's my POV coming into this. I consider myself generally liberal on most issues with a few exceptions (gun rights, against college for all, etc)
- There was much there to please Republicans regarding the economy, etc
- There was much there that I'm not sure will play well with Trump's base: economic programs for women in other countries (Ivanka's influence?), criminal justice reform, lots of praise and visuals of black Americans including several guests, seeming to waffle a bit on the "wall" - I think he reduced it to fencing, did I get that right?, he stated several times he was in favor of legal immigration (something his actions have indicated otherwise and his base seems to be against)
- We're going to make peace with the Taliban - that was a jaw-dropping moment for me and I could tell from the reaction of the Rs in the crowd that it didn't play well with them
- Democratic women wearing white - smart political move and I didn't catch they did it during his first speech
- Pelosi was great to watch. Calm as a cucumber. She had several little subversive moments where instead of immediately sitting down after clapping she shuffled some papers or pretended to read something, sending a clear message of what she thought of POTUS' remarks
- Trump's anti-immigration push still isn't focusing on any facts...sigh.
- Russia investigation was only mentioned once or twice so he didn't succumb to temptation there
- I thought this was by far his best and most presidential speech
- The Rs at work were not impressed so I thought that was interesting
Regarding Stacy Abrams' response:
- I was totally disappointed
- She completely lacked energy and I had a hard time following along because of it
- Kennedy was 100x better in his response (even with the excessive lip balm)
- I don't have much else to say...it was bland
What did you think?
EDIT: Forgot he announced we're back in a nuclear arms race with Russia and China. And what was up with bringing in all of the Holocaust survivors and WWII vets? Was that a blatant appeal to the oldest members of his base or simply to recall the last "good" war the US fought?