When Donald Trump was first campaigning, a reporter asked him if he could be presidential. His reply was, “I’ll be so presidential you’ll want the old Trump back.” Trump proved that Tuesday night as he gave his first address before a joint session of congress.
Trump has had it in him from day one as a smart businessman with companies in over 100 countries and he has succeeded against all criticism from the left and the media.
In his speech on Tuesday he laid out his agenda some of which is printed here:
“I will not allow the mistakes of recent decades past to define the course of our future.
For too long, we’ve watched our middle class shrink as we’ve exported our jobs and wealth to foreign countries.
We’ve financed and built one global project after another, but ignored the fates of our children in the inner cities of Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit — and so many other places throughout our land.
We’ve defended the borders of other nations, while leaving our own borders wide open, for anyone to cross — and for drugs to pour in at a now unprecedented rate.
And we’ve spent trillions of dollars overseas, while our infrastructure at home has so badly crumbled.
Then, in 2016, the earth shifted beneath our feet. The rebellion started as a quiet protest, spoken by families of all colors and creeds -– families who just wanted a fair shot for their children, and a fair hearing for their concerns.
But then the quiet voices became a loud chorus — as thousands of citizens now spoke out together, from cities small and large, all across our country.
Finally, the chorus became an earthquake – and the people turned out by the tens of millions, and they were all united by one very simple, but crucial demand, that America must put its own citizens first … because only then, can we truly MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.
Dying industries will come roaring back to life. Heroic veterans will get the care they so desperately need.
Our military will be given the resources its brave warriors so richly deserve.
Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and railways gleaming across our beautiful land.
Our terrible drug epidemic will slow down and ultimately, stop.
And our neglected inner cities will see a rebirth of hope, safety, and opportunity.
Above all else, we will keep our promises to the American people.
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.
The stock market has gained almost three trillion dollars in value since the election on November 8th, a record. We’ve saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by bringing down the price of the fantastic new F-35 jet fighter, and will be saving billions more dollars on contracts all across our Government. We have placed a hiring freeze on non-military and non-essential Federal workers.
We have begun to drain the swamp of government corruption by imposing a 5 year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials –- and a lifetime ban on becoming lobbyists for a foreign government.
We have undertaken a historic effort to massively reduce job‑crushing regulations, creating a deregulation task force inside of every Government agency; imposing a new rule which mandates that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated; and stopping a regulation that threatens the future and livelihoods of our great coal miners.
We have cleared the way for the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines — thereby creating tens of thousands of jobs — and I’ve issued a new directive that new American pipelines be made with American steel.
We have withdrawn the United States from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership.
With the help of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, we have formed a Council with our neighbors in Canada to help ensure that women entrepreneurs have access to the networks, markets and capital they need to start a business and live out their financial dreams.
To protect our citizens, I have directed the Department of Justice to form a Task Force on Reducing Violent Crime.
I have further ordered the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, along with the Department of State and the Director of National Intelligence, to coordinate an aggressive strategy to dismantle the criminal cartels that have spread across our Nation.
We will stop the drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth — and we will expand treatment for those who have become so badly addicted.”
Tonight, as I outline the next steps we must take as a country, we must honestly acknowledge the circumstances we inherited.
Ninety-four million Americans are out of the labor force.
Over 43 million people are now living in poverty, and over 43 million Americans are on food stamps.
More than 1 in 5 people in their prime working years are not working.
We have the worst financial recovery in 65 years.
In the last 8 years, the past Administration has put on more new debt than nearly all other Presidents combined.
We’ve lost more than one-fourth of our manufacturing jobs since NAFTA was approved, and we’ve lost 60,000 factories since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.
Our trade deficit in goods with the world last year was nearly $800 billion dollars.”
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There were several emotional moments during the speech.
President Trump spoke about immigration reform as he turned toward Jamiel Shaw, a black man whose son was killed by an illegal immigrant. Shaw, who frequently traveled with Trump during last year’s campaign, sat stone-faced and then grew visibly emotional as Trump spoke to him and Shaw stood to applause.
Mr. Shaw told his story when he appeared at the republican convention. He said he was sitting home and, realizing that it was getting late, he called his son on his cell phone. His son said, “I’m just around the corner dad. I’ll be right home.” A few minutes later his son was dead by the hands of an illegal immigrant.
Another emotional high came when Trump introduced the widow of Navy Seal Ryan Owens who died in a raid in Yemen on Jan.20th. Although Ryan’s father has spoken out against the raid that killed his son, Trump said Tuesday night that Ryan died “a warrior and a hero,” with Carryn looking on with tears in her eyes. The audience stood with sustained applause. Trump peered up at Carryn and said, “Ryan is looking down right now. You know that. And he’s very happy.”
Although Ryan’s father blames Trump for the raid, the raid was actually planned way before Trump became president. The media tried to say that no intelligence was gained from the raid, but the members of the intelligence committee said a great deal of information was obtained.
A third emotional moment came when Trump introduced a young 20-year-old girl who was not expected to live past the age of five years old, Megan Crowley. “An incredible young woman is with us this evening who should serve as an inspiration to us all,” Trump said introducing Megan who was confined to a wheel chair with tubes flowing into her.
“ Today is Rare Disease day, and joining us in the gallery is a Rare Disease Survivor, Megan Crowley. Megan was diagnosed with Pompe Disease, a rare and serious illness, when she was 15 months old. She was not expected to live past 5.
On receiving this news, Megan’s dad, John, fought with everything he had to save the life of his precious child. He founded a company to look for a cure, and helped develop the drug that saved Megan’s life. Today she is 20 years old — and a sophomore at Notre Dame. Megan’s story is about the unbounded power of a father’s love for a daughter.” This is very indicative of Trump since he has a long history of helping the unfortunate thru his philanthropy.
Trump also called for a $1 trillion infrastructure plan that he said would be the biggest program of national rebuilding since former president Dwight Eisenhower built the interstate highway system in the 1950s. Trump said his projects would be financed through a combination of public and private capital, but he offered no further details.
After the speech all the panels I saw all praised Trump’s speech liberals and conservatives alike even people like Juan Williams found it appealing. This is the first entrepreneur we’ve had as a president. This is what people have been waiting decades for – a businessman who runs the country like a business – not like a politician. A person like Trump who gets things done under schedule and under budget like he did with the Wolman Skating Rink in NYC and just now with the F-35 fighter jet.
Following Trump’s speech was the democratic response given by former governor of Kentucky Steve Beshear. I thought it was pretty lame. Beshear was at a diner in Kentucky with other patrons in the background. I guess they were supposed to represent the common folk. He sounded like a republican talking to democrats as he reiterated everything Trump said and sounded like he agreed with him. Everything he accused Trump of not doing he is doing. He accused Trump of dividing the country when he isn’t. It’s the Dems who are dividing it. He accused Trump of not allowing people to afford healthcare when he is allowing low-income people have it in his plan. He said trump isn’t helping families when the democrats are the ones who don’t help families. Democrats are all for government control while Trump is giving power back to the people.
So far Trump has done more in a few weeks than any other president and especially Obama has done in eight years. The Dems better get on board the Trump train and accept the speed of Trump because things are going to happen fast now. As folk singer Bob Dylan once sang,”Get out anyone if you can’t lend a hand for the times they are a changin.‘