February 28, 2017 8:35 PM HomePoliticsOpen Thread: President Trump’s Joint Address Open Thread: President Trump’s Joint Address By Lawton Sack Politics 43 Comments President Trump’s Joint Address will air live here and throughout the internet tonight at 9:00 p.m. Take an opportunity to share your predictions, feedback, opinions, and/or righteous indignation on this huge occasion. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author lawtonsack 43 Comments Lawton Sack Cool to see Secretary Tom Price come in with President Trump’s cabinet. Maybe Sonny Perdue will get a confirmation hearing eventually. February 28, 2017 9:08 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Well, one thought: behind Trump is the 2024 Republican Presidential Ticket. February 28, 2017 9:20 PM Log in to Reply Baker Not if they don’t get to the whole, you know, legislating part. Eventually that has to happen. Or maybe not. Then we’d be looking at quite the election in 2020. March 1, 2017 12:38 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 What a brave widow! God Bless Her! February 28, 2017 10:05 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Disgusting to see Debbie Wasserman-Shultz and Keith Ellison sit during the applause for the SEAL widow. That moment, by the way , was one of the most inspiring events I’ve ever seen. Her husband gave his life, an American life, in service to this country. Ain’t no politics in that. But you two keep up The Narrative and The Agenda. The voters won’t forgive or forget that. Thank God it’s on video to be run on an endless loop for the next election run. Dems just, just do not get it. March 1, 2017 8:21 AM Log in to Reply Jack Fitz “Ain’t no politics in that”….”Thank God it’s on video to be run on an endless loop for the next election run” March 1, 2017 8:33 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 No politics in his death, you idiot! And the Libs just MADE it politics by their typically horrid behavior. And even better, the question can be asked next go round, “Mr. Dem, did you stand during Trump’s address to Congress when the SEAL widow was honored?” March 1, 2017 8:51 AM Log in to Reply Baker I think asking the question that directly does make it a smidge unseemly. March 1, 2017 9:41 AM Andrew C. Pope I’ll give him credit for doing something nice. But, I think it’s a little cheap to use the SEAL widow as a way to garner positive praise for your speech and deflect attention and criticism away from the fact that Trump had, just that morning, laid the blame for Chief Owens’ death on Obama and “the generals.” There still needs to be an investigation into this raid, what went wrong, what went into the planning of it, why the President saw fit to assess and approve the raid over hors d’oevres with Jared and Steve, why it was necessary to put boots on the ground in Yemeni territory, and whether this damaged our ability to work with the Yemeni government against al-Qaeda in the future. March 1, 2017 9:55 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Disagree on the cheap characterization. Have you ever been to a military funeral when the officer presents the flag to the family saying, “on behalf of a grateful nation…”? Well, he just gave her husband a beautiful national funeral and presented that “flag” to her with millions viewing and crying! As far as the rest of your post, well…is there anything you guys don’t want investigated? Maybe Bibi Netanyahu should investigate the Raid on Entebbe and see why the only casualty happened to be his older brother. Just Ridiculous. March 1, 2017 10:42 AM Log in to Reply Lea Thrace wait. you, Mr. Benghazi and Her Emails, are calling an investigation ridiculous? I truly needed the laugh today. Thanks! March 1, 2017 11:21 AM gcp The Yemen incident was a military operation thus the military will investigate. Benghazi was a state department/civilian situation. March 1, 2017 12:20 PM Ellynn Calling out the family members of those killed in the line of duty in the middle of a joint address to congress is not a new or novel action. Other presidents have done this before. I’m extremely uncomfortable when I see it occur (regardless of the reason or the person who is the president). I’m most likely uneasy because I have been to military funerals of service members lost in the line of duty. My only flag service as a person sitting on the mourner side of the chairs was as a family friend of a seaman named Marc who was killed by a terrorist bombing off the cost of Yemen in 2000. He was my 1st cousin best friend. I babysat the two of often while I was a teenager. Mostly I am one of the background people who are involved in Catholic funeral masses or any type of graveside service you should never recall seeing. I have been doing these services since I was 16 and Reagan was still in office. I have sung at funerals and graveside for soldiers I never met and families I don’t know and only see at the worst moments of there life. Frankly in the last 30 years of being involved in all types of military funerals (active, retired, homeless, even a WW I vet) I find myself protective of these mourners. I got angery if I saw camera crews trying to get the shot of the widow or even worse – the parents – who have to be supported as they walk away. I feel like an intruder when I see their child puts the card with mommy or daddy written on the front inside the casket before the lib is closed. I would be one of the people arrested for slapping a Westboro protester if one had showed. Being a canter or a soloist at a funeral (especial a military one) is a study in contracts. Some military funerals are easier to sing through and keep it together. Others you keep repeating to yourself, don’t break down or start to tear up so bad your voice cracks while singing. It’s a balancing act doing a solo. You want to do your very best – you want to sing your heart out because the fallen deserve it. You hope your song can offer comfort and make a love one feel cherished, like your voice is surrounding them in a audible hug. At the same time, you are always aware that this is absolutely not about you. This is not about impressing the audience in the pews about how long you can hold a note, how pretty your sound. You don’t want to be praised for your talent as you pack up your music or walk away from an open grave as the grounds crew start lowering the casket. You’re not looking for the thank you or the gain when someone asks in the parking lot if you have a business card or can sing wedding masses too. You want to make sure that at the end of the day, the people will remember the feeling in their heart about the person they buried and the flag they watched folded, not about how damn impressive that version of Amazing Grace sounded by the woman with bright orange spray tan and a overpriced dress standing in the front of the church. I know beyond a doubt that in that moment, in that place, it can never be about anyone but the one who died and the family left behind. Ever. The line between sharing ones grief/honoring the sacrifice of the lost – verses the exploitation of this pain for gain, any gain, is so fine that I don’t think most people know they are stepping over it. It’s complicated. Every line, every lose and every family member’s way of grieving and celebrating are different. What to one might be viewed as a heartstring moment for a country, might be viewed as something else. I have learned in my years of being involved in funeral services (which is longer then some of you have been alive) is to not get anywhere near the line to begin with so you don’t accidently cross it or some one pushes you over it. I wish political figures would do this more often. When I saw the first shot of Mrs. Owns, before the ovations and the clapping, she was siting so straight and tense, her whole body shacking, her eyes darting back and forth as she’s trying so hard not to cry. It broke my heart for her lost. It was the direct look I see so many times while cantering a funeral and looking at a family head on, while everyone else see their back or a side view. But it also angered me, just like when I see the camera crews and news vans outside of public limits of funeral zooming in for that close up. I can’t tell you if the President crossed the line of Mrs. Owens grief for his gain. Experience has shown, Trump is not empathetic. When he calls his wife beautiful, he’s telling all of us that he has a beautiful wife. It’s about him, not his wife, not how much he loves her, or the things about her that have nothing to do about how she looks. What I can tell you – I wouldn’t have asked Mrs. Owens to be there If I president. I would not have put myself near the line, knowing my action would be the main topic of the next 24 hour news cycle. Because speeches made by the President of the United States in front of joint sessions of congress (regardless of which president makes them) are always about what the president says he is or is not going to do. March 1, 2017 2:14 PM Andrew C. Pope Thank you for sharing this Ellynn. March 1, 2017 2:50 PM Noway2016 Britt Hume: “Hit it out of the park!” Dang right! February 28, 2017 10:54 PM Log in to Reply Charlie Isakson Statement on Trump’s Address to Joint Session of Congress MARIETTA, Ga. – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today released a statement following President Donald Trump’s first address before a joint session of Congress: “I commend the president for his quick work to fulfill many of his campaign promises, and I’m looking forward to working with him and his administration on behalf of hardworking Americans and Georgians. “Already during his first few weeks in office, President Trump has taken steps to remove burdensome government regulations to unleash the power of the private sector and stimulate economic growth. Tonight, he shared additional plans to continue these efforts to tear down barriers to economic growth, reform the nation’s tax code and help level the playing field so that hardworking Americans and job creators can reach their full potential. “The president also highlighted the critical need for increased investment in our nation’s infrastructure, and I couldn’t agree more. Projects like the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project in Georgia should be a top priority for this administration because they will create both immediate and long-term jobs, while increasing economic development and critical safety and environmental improvements. “President Trump also spoke about how he plans to help reduce the cost of health care for hardworking families. Together, and led by our new secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Tom Price of Georgia, we are working to replace the failed Obamacare law with one based on free-market principles that will bring costs down and increase choice and access for families and businesses. “At every opportunity, President Trump has put our national security at the forefront of his agenda. He is working to ensure that our military is prepared, with an end goal of peace through strength. This is good for Georgia’s military installations, which provide critical support for our military. “As the chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I’m especially grateful for President Trump’s continued commitment to fixing the Department of Veterans Affairs and making sure our veterans get the care and benefits they have earned. I hope the president will join the Senate and House committees in our efforts to enhance veterans’ choice, expand access to health care, increase accountability at the department and improve the appeals process so that veterans get timely responses. The president’s personal interest and leadership in this area will be a vital asset as we work with the new Veterans Affairs secretary, Dr. David Shulkin, to bring about the change our veterans need. “I pledge to work alongside this administration and with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get the best results for Georgia and America.” Per his doctor’s orders following his Feb. 20 back surgery, Isakson is recovering at his home in Marietta, Ga., and watched the speech on television. February 28, 2017 11:02 PM Log in to Reply Charlie Remembering the Forgotten: Collins Statement on President’s Joint Session Address WASHINGTONCongressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) attended President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress and issued the following statement in response: “This evening, President Trump highlighted America’s forgotten men and women, the people who have felt strangely exempted from the promises of the American dream. Too many of our countrymen have watched their industries, schools, and communities wither under policies engineered by an administration that chronically underestimated our people. “At their core, the November elections were decided by the Americans whom government forgot. Our nation renewed its conservative leadership in Congress and chose a president who would work with legislators rather than against them and against American citizens. Then and now, President Trump has reminded us that we cannot discount the Americans who have built up our economy only to have their own incomes siphoned off by taxes that target the middle class and by regulations that stamp out creativity. “The 115th Congress joins the president in remembering individuals who have lost their access to tangible health care or jobs or basic liberties or all of the above, and we are responding both in word and deed. The House and Senate are writing, passing, and sending legislation to the White House as our people exchange a president who patronized them for a unified government that is working to empower them to write their own American stories.” February 28, 2017 11:03 PM Log in to Reply Charlie Woodall Statement on President Trump’s First Joint Address to Congress WASHINGTON, DC – Tonight, President Trump made his first speech before a joint session of Congress, outlining a robust agenda ranging from national security to health care to tax reform. U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (GA 07) – who attended the event – issued the following statement. “From his first day in office, the President has gone about doing the things he told the American people he would do. Tonight, we heard the President describe his promises in a positive, bold vision for tackling the big challenges we as Americans are facing together. From ensuring the safety and security of our great country, to providing a patient-centered health care system that offers affordable choices for all Americans, to a tax code that unleashes the power of the American economy, nothing is beyond the grasp of the American people and our great nation when we work together. We’ve made significant progress to this point, and the heavy lifting has just begun. I look forward to partnering with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in Congress, the White House, and all of you as we work towards these shared goals.” Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, as well as serving on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and Budget Committee. February 28, 2017 11:03 PM Log in to Reply Charlie WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.) today released the following statement after attending President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress: “In November, the American people sent a message to the leaders of this nation that it was time for a change. As a member of the 115th Congress, I am committed to being a part of that change. By cutting burdensome regulations and reforming our healthcare system and broken tax code, we will make America the most competitive place in the world to do business. By preparing our students to join the 21st century workforce and constructing a 21st century infrastructure, we will be ready to meet the challenges ahead. I look forward to working with my colleagues and President Trump to build an America where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.” February 28, 2017 11:06 PM Log in to Reply Charlie WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Congressman Rick Allen (R-Ga.-12) issued the following response to President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress: “Tonight, Americans everywhere heard the President outline his vision for our country. Focused and forward thinking, his vision revives the American spirit— a spirit in all of us no matter our background or circumstances. In his short time in office, we have already seen promises kept and immediate action. Real people have real problems, and the President’s agenda is not a checklist of issues, but rather an acknowledgment and response to the nation’s outcry and demand for change. For the past 8 years, Americans have been left behind by policies created inside the beltway with little to no regard for the average Joe and Joanne. Not anymore. Our President is using his business sense to begin chipping away at the ice around our frozen economy, rescinding rules and regulations to provide job creators an economy to flourish in. He has made it his top priority to secure our country by rebuilding our military, supporting law enforcement, enforcing current laws and protecting our borders. While momentum is building, there is much work to be done. Tax reform and Obamacare repeal and replacement lie in front of us. Georgians and folks all across America deserve better than Obamacare and the President is determined to provide relief to Americans at all costs—working across the aisle and asking Democrats to join him. Our President is not afraid to step outside his comfort zone to keep his word to Americans. These are the reasons Americans sent Trump to Washington, and these are the reasons Georgians in the 12th district sent me to Congress; two businessmen bringing decades of experience in building a business to rebuild America. I am excited to work with President Trump, Vice President Pence and the new Administration to restore America to its full potential. It’s a new day in Washington.” February 28, 2017 11:17 PM Log in to Reply Whatsben If Republicans can give more people access to better healthcare for less money, without using single payer or exploding the debt, I’ll vote Red for the rest of my life February 28, 2017 11:28 PM Log in to Reply The Eiger Get ready it is coming. The key word to your statement is access. Everyone should have access to coverage that fits for them. They shouldn’t be forced to buy something that is too expensive and doesn’t meet their needs. March 1, 2017 6:47 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope People already have “access” to healthcare and will continue to have “access” to healthcare, but there’s no guarantee that that healthcare is affordable or attainable. I’ve got “access” to a Lamborghini, but I can’t afford it. I’ve got “access” to Beyonce, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to leave Jay-Z and start going out with me. March 1, 2017 10:01 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance Let access=affordable. Problem solved ;b March 1, 2017 1:17 PM Log in to Reply The Eiger You don’t need a Beyonce or Lamborgihini and you know that. You need a 1995 Toyota Camry to get you work. So stop it with the bullshit talking points. Let’s fix this versus your BS. But thanks for copying and pasting Bernie’s tag lines. Some of us are trying to fix this mess. March 1, 2017 11:28 PM Log in to Reply Jack Fitz Trump’s healthcare plan sounded pretty cut from the Republican orthodoxy: tax credits for purchasing health insurance (hand-outs to health insurers), pre-existing conditions (Obamacare), tort reform (nebulous at best), Medicaid block grants (assuming your Governor takes it), and portability. (cause health insurers don’t have plans in multiple states?) If only we had some sort of national health insurance…instead of trying to fit into this box someone deemed we must fit inside a long time ago. March 1, 2017 8:06 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance The idea of tax credits to health insurers in exchange for guaranteed issue/ coverage of pre-existing conditions doesn’t seem off its rocker to me. But i think it was the meetings w the insurers that took Trump off guard. If they can figure out a way for employess on an employer plan to port their plan w them anywhere after separation w the employer, that could be game-changing. But good luck getting the insurers of those employer plans, including potentially self-insured businesses, to play that game. But if this is not the right arena for expansion of interstate commerce power, I don’t know what is. Since interstate sales of plans already on the board, why not a federally-regulated exchange, combining all the pools and plans of all the states? Too much or just right? March 1, 2017 12:36 PM Log in to Reply CoastalCat Billions here. Trillions there. Tax cuts for everyone! Where is the money coming from? March 1, 2017 9:28 AM Log in to Reply Charlie WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s first Joint Address to Congress: “President Trump’s address was an uplifting proclamation of strength, confidence, and hope in pursuit of a greater Nation and better future for every American. In true fashion, President Trump did not sugarcoat the immense challenges that our country faces. Rather, he set the tone and agenda for the American people and reaffirmed that the American dream is alive. Our spirit as a Nation has been revived. “While we have made progress delivering real solutions for the American people in the first two months of the 115th Congress, there’s more work that needs to be done. In order to grow a robust economy, we must roll back the burdensome, job-crushing regulations that hinder growth and stifle opportunity. It is past time that we overhaul the tax code to incentivize investments supporting our small businesses and job creators rather than targeting them with costly, unnecessary rules and regulations. “The Trump Administration and this Congress will put America first. National security is a top priority, and we will do everything within our power to fight the new and emerging global threats of this millennium. That starts by adequately funding our national defense, rebuilding our military, and affording our warfighters with every tool they need to accomplish their missions. Simply put, it is the right and duty of the President and Congress to do everything in our legal and Constitutional power to protect the American people. “I’m confident that America’s best days are ahead. With hard work and renewed optimism, we can secure a bright future for our children and grandchildren. The time is now, and it is the responsibility of this Congress to work with the Administration to create an environment where our Nation can truly flourish.” March 1, 2017 10:52 AM Log in to Reply Charlie WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (GA-01) released the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s Joint Address to Congress: “It is refreshing and exciting that President Trump’s speech tonight was a call to unite the country around a strategy for a stronger, brighter future for our nation. For too long, Americans heard out of touch partisan politics and false promises resulting in no concrete solutions to the issues facing our nation. Since he was sworn in, President Trump has wasted no time proving he instead will lead with action and deliver on his promises to all Americans. “In the House, we will continue our mission with the new administration to deliver results. Together, we will push forward our bold agenda to make America safer, support job creation, cut the bureaucratic red tape, and facilitate a free market health care system that works for all patients. We will continue our fight for a greater America and I am thrilled to have a president and administration that is ready to join us.” March 1, 2017 10:52 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope If Rep. Carter thinks a call for unity is “refreshing,” then maybe he didn’t listen to the SOTUs he was presumably in the chamber for. 2016 – “‘We the People.’ Our Constitution begins with those three simple words, words we’ve come to recognize mean all the people, not just some. Words that insist we rise and fall together, that that’s how we might perfect our union. And that brings me to the fourth, and maybe most important thing that I want to say tonight. The future we want, all of us want — opportunity and security for our families, a rising standard of living, a sustainable, peaceful planet for our kids — all that is within our reach. But it will only happen if we work together. It will only happen if we can have rational, constructive debates. It will only happen if we fix our politics.” 2015 – “My fellow Americans, we too are a strong, tight-knit family. We, too, have made it through some hard times. Fifteen years into this new century, we have picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off, and begun again the work of remaking America. We’ve laid a new foundation. A brighter future is ours to write. Let’s begin this new chapter — together — and let’s start the work right now.” March 1, 2017 11:07 AM Log in to Reply augusta52 I eagerly await his plan to balance the federal budget… March 1, 2017 12:52 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance we’re now in arguments about man’s capacity to change. 2-7%? March 1, 2017 1:11 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance Also no one looking at the pay-go approach to regulation he mentioned? Maybe too vague to even look at? March 1, 2017 1:13 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 And are you Libs so lacking in heft that you have to trot out, for the Lib Response, a man who could have been mistaken for Elmer Fudd? Jeeezzzzeee! Too Funny! All that was missing was his overalls!!! Truly, Truly sad! March 1, 2017 1:59 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Why should the Democrats use someone with a political future given how badly past speeches went for guys like Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio? I have been following politics closely for years and I don’t think I can name a single opposition response that doesn’t involve Rubio guzzling water or Jindal emerging from off-screen like a goober. Substantively, Beshear is well positioned to rebut Trump’s attacks on the ACA. As governor, Beshear set up a popular and successful state healthcare exchange that helped drop the Kentucky’s uninsured rate from 20% to 8% and can testify to the ways in which the ACA works and the good it is doing in Kentucky. March 1, 2017 2:47 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Just stop, Drew. You’re embarrassing yourself and that bi-coastal Train Wreck you call a Party. The only thing “Mr. Green Jeans” was missing was accompaniment by Junior Samples and George Lindsey! It’s so bad for you guys that even CNN’s Resident Communist, Vann Jones, realizes y’all are toast. March 1, 2017 3:08 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Out of curiosity, I looked up the folks who gave responses to past SOTUs and joint session speeches and what they went on to do after giving the speech: 2001, 2002 – Dick Gephardt – lost in 2004 Democratic primaries 2003 – Gary Locke – Commerce Secretary (2009-2011), Ambassador to China (2011-2014) 2004 – Tom Daschle – Nominated for HHS secretary and withdrew after questions about failure to pay taxes 2005 – Harry Reid – Stayed in Senate, became Majority leader, retired 2006 – Tim Kaine – Elected to Senate, failed VP candidate 2007 – Jim Webb – lost in 2016 Democratic primaries, living woods somewhere 2008 – Kathleen Sebelius – Served as HHS secretary, no longer in politics 2009 – Bobby Jindal – not even his kids were excited to see him run for President 2010 – Bob McDonnell – out of politics after conviction for multiple counts of corruption which was later vacated by the Supreme Court 2011 – Paul Ryan – Speaker of the House, failed VP candidate 2012 – Mitch Daniels – out of politics, chose not to run in 2016 2013 – Marco Rubio – lost in 2016 primaries after being roundly emasculated by Trump. Had to settle for return to job he hates in Senate 2014 – Cathy McMorris Rogers – still in the House 2015 – Joni Ernst – still in the Senate 2016 – Nikki Haley – named Ambassador to the UN Noway, do you remember any of those speeches? March 1, 2017 3:48 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Of course not but at least tryyyyyyyyyy! It looked like the General Store from Green Acres. Minus the glamour of Eva, I might add. March 1, 2017 3:59 PM Benevolus This is my once-monthly comment about how you serve no purpose here. You are like the trashy neighbor who moves in and devalues everyone’s property value. And unfortunately there are no curtains here so everyone can see you fondle yourself every day. March 1, 2017 4:47 PM Noway2016 Why are you limiting yourself to once a month? You used to be here all the time. You and Drew used to tag team on me pretty good! March 1, 2017 5:07 PM Dave Bearse There’s value in daily reminder of the views of ardent Trump supporters. March 1, 2017 11:50 PM gcp Obviously the dems used a white, 72 year old former Kentucky Governor to appeal to a demographic that they lost in the 2016 election. After hearing Trump’s speech, it’s clear the dem strategy did not work. March 1, 2017 4:13 PM Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.