The President Speaks Directly to the American People in Address to Joint Session of Congress.
Last night, President Donald Trump made a direct appeal to the American people during his first speech to a joint session of the United States Congress. After the one-hour speech, many of his toughest critics gave the speech high marks because of the conciliatory tone and that he made an overture to the widow of fallen Navy Seal, Ryan Owens.
We are blessed to be joined by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U. S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens. Ryan died as he lived, a warrior and a hero battling against terrorism and securing our nation… Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies. – (President Donald Trump)
Immediately after saluting Ryan’s widow, the audience gave her the longest applause of the night and there were many throughout the speech. Many have counted that there were ninety-four interruptions of applause throughout the night.
One of the many other applause lines were when he boasted of the several companies that made commitments to bring and keep jobs in America.
Since my election, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Softbank, Lockheed, Intel, Walmart and many others have announced that they will invest billions of dollars in the United States, and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs. – (President Donald Trump)
You can tell easily during the speech that the president was looking beyond the ones seated in the halls of Congress and was having a frank and open discussion with the viewing audience at home.
I am asking all citizens to embrace this renewal of the American spirit…. I am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment. Believe in yourselves, believe in your future, and believe, once more, in America. – (President Donald Trump)
Although, there were Democratic congresswomen dressing in white in protest, the President made overtures to the other side of the aisle to address the crisis concerning Obamacare.
Action is not a choice. It is a necessity. So, I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster. – (President Donald Trump)
Unfortunately all during the speech, the congressional Democrats sat coldly and even were hissing at the President on several occasions. It was easy to tell that they were displeased at how good the speech was. The faces of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) were completely chilling.
Even though the President was reaching across the aisles, he was still stood steadfast on several of his more controversial stances including immigration.
Protecting our workers also mean reforming our system of legal immigration. The current, outdated system depresses wages for our poorest workers, and puts great pressure on taxpayers. – (President Donald Trump)
He went as far to address the dangers of radical Islamic terrorism, a term that was avoided by the previous administration.
We are also taking strong measures to protect our nation from radical Islamic terrorism…We have seen attacks in France, in Belgium, in Germany and all over the world. It is not compassionate, but reckless to all uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur…We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America…We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet. – (President Donald Trump)
Before he closed out, he ended on a high note.
We are one (American) people, with one destiny. We all bleed the same blood. We all salute the same great American flag and we all are made by the same God. – (President Donald Trump)
Last night’s speech was so impressive that Van Jones from CNN, a frequent critic of Trump, had to commend the president for it stating that his salute of Carryn Owens was “one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics.” He even went on further.
Now there was a lot that he said in that speech…that I oppose and will oppose but he did something tonight that you cannot take away from him. He became president of the United States. – (Van Jones from CNN)