After receiving extraordinary amounts of criticism for being “unpresidential,” President Donald Trump looked more presidential than ever before. On the eve of March 2017, President Trump addressed a joint session of congress.
Overall, the president was positive, and made sure that everyone knew that America would keep moving forward. “Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice — in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present. That torch is now in our hands. And we will use it to light up the world.”
Nevertheless, not everyone was pleased with the president.
Talking about immigration reform, President Trump stated, “we are removing gang members, drug dealers and criminals that threaten our communities and prey on our citizens.” However, Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, didn’t like his comments. She believed that he had “nothing positive to say about immigration,” and “the list goes on and on.”
The day of the address, Nancy Pelosi made it clear that she didn’t think the president supported women’s rights either.
Although, throughout his speech, President Trump referenced the need to attend women’s issues in society. It was made clear that Trump wished “to invest in women’s health,” and “to help ensure that women entrepreneurs have access to the networks, markets and capital they need to start a business.”
During his speech, President Trump also honored Maureen Scalia, wife of late Justice Scalia. This received a standing ovation from the judges, who rarely ever clap.
Carryn Owens, the widow of Navy SEAL William ‘Ryan’ Owens, was also honored by Trump in a heartwarming moment. Trump acknowledged that “Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero — battling against terrorism and securing our nation.” The response from congress was a lengthy standing ovation that was worth its while.
Although congress stood for nearly two minutes clapping, many members sat early into the ovation, significantly, Bernie Sanders (D-VT).
Even if Hollywood believed the speech was frighting or negative, CBS News’ own poll has shown that 76% of people approved of the president’s speech.
It seems that the more President Trump speaks, the more people warm up to him. His frantic campaign-mode has died down, and he has shown he understands the role as a president and wants to lead America. Whether he is successful will be determined in the next four to eight years.
“This is our vision. This is our mission. But we can only get there together. We are one people, with one destiny. We all bleed the same blood…
Believe in yourselves. Believe in your future. And believe, once more, in America.”