I was wrong, as were most conservative (and some progressive) commentators: President Trump was right to hold out for a real State of the Union Address, rather than reviving the Jeffersonian tradition of the written address.
The president’s State of the Union speech was a tour de force: he spoke eloquently of America’s role in advancing civil and human rights; the sanctity of human life, born and unborn; the economic development of the United States in the last two years; and the crisis at the border.
It was an address that was optimistic and accurate. Unlike most SOTU addresses, which tend to be tedious attempts to inflate small bits of good news beyond all reasonable proportions, Trump’s 2019 address described, in detail, just how great America is, and how far we’ve come in two short years.
It’s little wonder Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wanted to cancel the speech: how do Democrats respond to that? The first part of the speech was full of positive economic news, news that can’t be ignored or denied. The president detailed explosive wage and job growth, including the lowest unemployment rates for black, Hispanic, and Asian Americans in history.
Beyond the economic good news—and the vow that the United States will never be a socialist country—it was a fun speech (well, it was a bit long, and dragged a smidge, but not much). Even Democrats started getting up and dancing around at one point! Congress sang “Happy Birthday” to a Holocaust survivor. President Trump cut some jokes, and was clearly having a blast. As any performer knows, if you’re having fun on stage, the people in the audience will have fun, too.
If you missed the speech, go to YouTube, shut the office door, and fire that baby up while you file TPS reports. You won’t regret it.