On Feb. 28, President Donald Trump delivered his joint address to Congress, and it was a speech that compares to none of his previous ones. This was a different Trump than we have seen before; he delivered a calm, yet powerful speech that resonated with many. Ratings afterward skyrocketed.
This speech let him become the president of the United States.
President Trump started with thanking his colleagues, including Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and, of course, first lady Melania Trump, who received a standing ovation right from the start.
President Trump then laid out his plan to help make America great again. He introduced his ideas to make our military bigger and stronger, asking Congress for a $54 billion increase in spending. He claimed that our military is depleted — which it is — and emphasized our need for more funding, so we can take on our enemies, rebuilding necessary ships and aircrafts.
He also put forth his plan to help revamp our highways and interstates.
“Another Republican president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, initiated the last truly great national infrastructure program: the building of the Interstate Highway System. The time has come for a new program of national rebuilding,” Trump said.
I believe that this will undoubtedly help the American people; it will create many jobs and put the population back to work. On the other hand, many of the Democratic Congress members did not feel the same way, as they mostly stayed seated and hardly applauded him until the end.
Another major part of the speech was repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. He laid out his plan to replace it and give us something much better and more appealing to the American people.
Throughout this great speech, Trump made sure to recognize his guests that he and the first lady invited — guests who were of actual matter to this address.
The list included a wide array of guests, ranging from Denisha Merriweather, a beneficiary of school choice, to Jessica Davis and Susan Oliver, who both lost husbands to crimes allegedly committed by illegal immigrants.
One of the most notable guests, Carryn Owens, received a very long standing ovation for her husband’s service. Her husband was killed in the line of duty in a raid.
This was one of the most notable parts of the speech; many who did not agree with Trump from the beginning felt that this was the part of the speech that brought everyone together.
Many will say that President Trump used her as a way to make himself look good. This is truly terrible to say, as she is a widow of a man who laid down his life for our country, for each one of us to live free. This is despicable and terrible to say about her and of the president.
No matter who you are or what your beliefs entail, we have to agree that this was one of his best speeches. He came across to all Americans, not just a select few. He gave a clear agenda on what he plans to do to improve our country.
It was one of his best speeches that he has given, and I look forward to seeing more of this side of Trump and all that he brings. Together, with all Americans, we will make America great again.
Jeffrey King is a member of the College Republicans, contact him at [email protected]