It’s not one of my favorite pastimes, in fact, it’s been years since I’ve bothered to watch any sort of presidential speech. In the case of Barack Obama, it was simply because I knew that what he said meant nothing. He was quite adept at saying what we (citizen voters) wanted to hear, but he was also such a prolific liar that I knew we couldn’t put any faith in his words.
But now we have a new president.
By now, Pesky Truth readers know that I was dead set against Donald Trump and only voted for him to prevent a catastrophic disaster: President Hillary Clinton. In no way could I have been considered a Trump supporter.
But I decided to listen and give him a chance. So far, in his first month of being president, he’s chosen some good people and has actually done some things that he promised, so out of curiosity, I decided to watch.
Frankly, I was pleasantly surprised. While I still don’t like his looks or his delivery, I did like his words. He said (almost all of) the right things. I also checked out some of the post-speech analysis to get other perspectives on Trump’s first big speech since becoming president.
I think that Chris Wallace said it best when he said, “I feel like tonight, Donald Trump became the President of the United States.”
I concur. Last night, he was presidential. He tried to appeal to all of the country’s citizens and several times mentioned working with both democrats and Republicans to accomplish his agenda.
All the while the democrats sat – still. It was obvious that they were instructed to do nothing that could have been interpreted as approval – about anything. They sat motionless as he proposed securing our borders, they were still when he talked about providing thousands of new jobs, they couldn’t even manage a nod when he mentioned Justice Scalia. Essentially, they “protested” each and every plan he proposed.
It was another example of the childish behavior of the democrats. They didn’t get their way in the election, so they refuse to participate in the government they’re supposed to be representing. It’s obvious that they are united in opposing any of President Trump’s proposals. They presume that any success he may achieve is bad for them, and they’re right. His successes would provide a stark contrast to the Obama years.
But wouldn’t it be better (for them) if they could be part of that success rather than trying to sabotage it?
I’ll admit that I am more optimistic about the country’s future after hearing Trump’s plans and this morning I noted that a poll showed that 76% of those who viewed it approved as well – so I’m not alone.
Of course, the proof is in the pudding. In a few years, we’ll know whether the president was successful in implementing his proposals or just feeding us a politician’s usual BS.
I’ll be more than happy to eat crow if Trump turns out to be good for the country, that’s far more important than my own personal peeves about his hair or his primary demeanor.
I’m not yet a Trump supporter, but he’s making progress with me.