Alright, I guess I should put a thread up on this, instead of derailing my perfectly good one about black folks being profiled for shoplifting.  So did you watch the SOTU speech or what?

Yeah, nobody’s going to bother watching that.  It’s just there for reference.

I had three major impressions.

  1. It was a strong speech.  Pretty typical of other more “Presidential” speeches we’ve seen Trump give in the past.  I’ve noted that there’s a difference between TV Trump and Campaign Rally Trump.  The former is polished, articulate, and focused.  The other is what terrifies most of you.   This speech though, I give it an “A”.  Trump knows how to communicate well, it’s just baffling that he rarely chooses to.
  2. Whoever in the White House was responsible for selecting Trump’s guests was the real stable genius behind the success of the speech.  Each had a great story that Trump related in detail, timed to come at just the right intervals when the speech seemed to be getting bogged down.  It was moving to see their reactions.  The Warmbier’s in particular hit me hard, as did Seon-ho.
  3. Joe Kennedy III’s White House aspirations were probably destroyed.  I saw memes attacking him popping up online before he even finished speaking.  Why in the hell was he allowed to go up there and speak with that goop on his mouth?

I may have gotten in on the fun.  A bit.

I didn’t take it too far though.  Swearsies.

As for Trump’s speech, it was a massive win for him.   His own party finally appears to have meshed with his messaging.  The 43% of Democrats approving is especially jarring.  I wonder how that’s going to work out for all of the Congressional Democrats who sat through the entire speech looking pissed off?

If the media has anything they’ve been holding back about Russia or anything, they’d best drop it soon and hope it drowns out the warm reception for this speech and The Memo.

What about you?  Impressions?  Opinions?  Need a napkin?

16 comments

  1. Anyone playing the 2018 SOTU drinking game is going to die from alcohol poisoning.

    I’m watching, not drinking though. So far he’s been doing a big “fuck you” to the Democrats by talking about how awesome the tax reform is. They’re hating it.

  2. Aaaaaand he just got a dig in about standing for the national anthem. Even I’m getting uncomfortable.

  3. Trump actually said beautiful only a few times, I think. Rightfully touted the success of the economy. Talked about beautiful gleaming roads (more government spending) and if I’m not mistaken didn’t say a whole lot about why we’re still in Afghanistan. On immigration, actually sounded reasonable on citizenship. Mentioned how much we help other countries (even sh*thole ones.) Overall a mixture of vintage Trump and stuff George W. Bush could have said.

  4. Oh, if you want to talk about the substantive points of Trump’s speech, that’s cool. I’m more interested in the outstanding guest lineup with their moving stories and WHAT THE HELL WAS ON JOE KENNEDY’S MOUTH?

  5. I find the media reaction more interesting than the speech itself.

    Fox News – “He’s a uniter! So inspirational.”

    MSNBC/CNN/Everyone else – “He’s a divider! So depressing.”

    It’s like the idiots in the MSM watched two different speeches.

  6. Ha! I thought the speech was a combination of the two. It was a divider’s speech and yet inspirational.

    I’d liken the tone of it to, “Everything I’m doing is great. Here’s a bunch of people who demonstrate that everything I want to do is right. Get up and clap for them. What I’m doing is great and right. Get on my side.”

    That’s what was different from other speeches I’ve seen before. It’s like he was telling Democrats that the way forward is to get on board. There wasn’t any attempt to find middle ground and I can see MSNBC findng that depressing and divisive. On the other hand, he used the guest stories REALLY effectively and made an emotional appeal for his platform. So I can also see why Fox would think it was uniting and inspirational.

  7. Given the way the Democrats reacted during the speech, I’m not surprised Trump decided they weren’t worth trying to work with. I think they saw their chances of winning in 2020 evaporate.

  8. Given the way the Democrats reacted during the speech, I’m not surprised Trump decided they weren’t worth trying to work with.

    Good read on that here:

    https://kek.gg/u/4thg

    The Democrats are running on hate – and it is pretty much all they are running on. Their hate has blinded them to the interests of constituencies that used to be theirs; it has blinded them to the interests of the country at large, particularly as pertain to security and jobs; and it has narrowed their base of support to maybe 30% of the electorate, ensuring that come November they will have nowhere to go.

    Not sure if I’m that dismissive of Democrats’ chances in November, but I do agree that this isn’t a winning strategy for nationalizing elections.

  9. I was impressed, he didnt go off the rails, he didn’t act arrogant, he had great guests that reflected the themes he was talking about , and the dems sat on their hands the whole time, looking sour and unhappy.

    as for lil joe. oh my god, i saw, .what ever was on his face the instant the video started…

  10. Anybody else notice Trump hasn’t tweeted anything in over a day? Nothing about the SOTU. No tweets bragging about the positive polls. No criticisms of Democrats for sitting there looking at their phones. No feuding with Jay-Z.

    Either he’s being really smart and letting the impact of the SOTU work by shutting up or…or what?

  11. The different reactions even outside the media are pretty amazing. It says something about human psychology that one person can hear an inspirational speech about the greatness of America, and right next to them is a person that hears a misogynistic, racist diatribe not worthy of the office of President.

    I was formulating a belief that the media spoke two different languages, and that’s how they could come to two completely different conclusions – I guess that extends to more than just the media.

  12. It says something about human psychology that one person can hear an inspirational speech about the greatness of America, and right next to them is a person that hears a misogynistic, racist diatribe not worthy of the office of President.

    So true. I know I talk about Scott Adams incessantly, but this is the sort of thing he’s always writing about. People “play two different movies in their own heads” when they think of Trump and this happens when they see the exact same things happening on screen. I don’t think we’ve ever had as much obvious and stark cognitive bias at work among the American population as we do now over this president.

    It’s a fascinating study, really.

    I mean, a month ago, the media was heavily pushing the narrative that Trump was mentally deranged and unhealthy. Practically dying of heart disease. Then on Tuesday night he delivers a solid speech, second longest in history at that, and demonstrates that his brain is working just fine (as the doctor who examined him said). But millions of people still think there’s something medically or psychologically wrong with him no matter what.

    Everybody does it to some degree, me included, but I’ve never seen it quite like this.

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