From the NY Post Editorial Board
Wow, that was one hell of a State of the Union address. President Trump seized the center with a powerful, patriotic and utterly centrist speech.
And then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reinforced his message with her oh-so-symbolic ripping up of the text. What, other than channeling the alienation of the Democratic base from the great American center, was she thinking?
This was the very best of Trump — generous, bipartisan (with a few barbs) and good-spirited. He not only got congressional Democrats to stand and cheer, but he credited the legislators in the room for working together across party lines to do right by America.
Not once did he crow about his opposition’s failings: no mention of the debacle of House Democrats’ impeachment drive, or of the historic mess of the Iowa caucuses.
Yes, it was a re-election-year political speech, citing his truly awesome economic record and occasionally tweaking Democrats for their ridiculous across-the-board opposition.
But he also took risks, as in his shout-out to Venezuela’s Juan Guaidó, whose bid to unseat dictator Nicolás Maduro seems badly stagnated.
Notably, Trump aimed foursquare at African Americans: From his new commitment to education choice for those ill-served by the public schools to his honoring of former Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee — not to mention the record low black unemployment rate — the president made it plain that he’s committed to progress for all Americans, even those whose votes he (mostly) won’t win come November.
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