Open Thread: President Trump’s Joint Address

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.

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Noway2016
Noway2016

Well, one thought: behind Trump is the 2024 Republican Presidential Ticket.

Baker
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.

Noway2016
Noway2016

What a brave widow! God Bless Her!

Noway2016
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.

Jack Fitz
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”

Noway2016
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?”

Baker
Baker

I think asking the question that directly does make it a smidge unseemly.

Andrew C. Pope
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… Read more »

Noway2016
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.

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

wait. you, Mr. Benghazi and Her Emails, are calling an investigation ridiculous?

I truly needed the laugh today. Thanks!

gcp
gcp

The Yemen incident was a military operation thus the military will investigate. Benghazi was a state department/civilian situation.

Ellynn
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… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Thank you for sharing this Ellynn.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Britt Hume: “Hit it out of the park!”
Dang right!

Charlie
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… Read more »

Charlie
Charlie

Remembering the Forgotten: Collins Statement on President’s Joint Session Address WASHINGTON—Congressman 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… Read more »

Charlie
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… Read more »

Charlie
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… Read more »

Charlie
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… Read more »

Whatsben
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

The Eiger
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.

Andrew C. Pope
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.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Let access=affordable. Problem solved ;b

The Eiger
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.

Jack Fitz
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.

bethebalance
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,… Read more »

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

Billions here. Trillions there. Tax cuts for everyone!

Where is the money coming from?

Charlie
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… Read more »

Charlie
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… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
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… Read more »

augusta52
augusta52

I eagerly await his plan to balance the federal budget…

bethebalance
bethebalance

we’re now in arguments about man’s capacity to change. 2-7%?

bethebalance
bethebalance

Also no one looking at the pay-go approach to regulation he mentioned?
Maybe too vague to even look at?

Noway2016
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!

Andrew C. Pope
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… Read more »

Noway2016
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.

Andrew C. Pope
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… Read more »

Noway2016
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.

Benevolus
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.

Noway2016
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!

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

There’s value in daily reminder of the views of ardent Trump supporters.

gcp
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.