There were quite a few memorable moments from President Trump’s State of the Union address last night. But it was at the end of his speech, when he was appealing directly to The Congress, that The President’s message especially resonated.
As the cameras panned the audience of elected Congress people and Senators, you could see that they were actually paying attention, intently listening to The President, as he pulled them in and attempted to enlist them all in his cause:
“Here tonight, we have legislators from across this magnificent republic. You have come from the rocky shores of Maine and the volcanic peaks of Hawaii; from the snowy woods of Wisconsin and the red deserts of Arizona; from the green farms of Kentucky and the golden beaches of California. Together, we represent the most extraordinary Nation in all of history.”
“What will we do with this moment? How will we be remembered?”
“I ask the men and women of this Congress: Look at the opportunities before us! Our most thrilling achievements are still ahead. Our most exciting journeys still await. Our biggest victories are still to come. We have not yet begun to dream.”
“We must choose whether we are defined by our differences, or whether we dare to transcend them.”
“We must choose whether we will squander our inheritance, or whether we will proudly declare that we are Americans. We do the incredible. We defy the impossible. We conquer the unknown.”
“This is the time to re-ignite the American imagination. This is the time to search for the tallest summit, and set our sights on the brightest star. This is the time to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots.”
“This is our future, our fate, and our choice to make. I am asking you to choose greatness.”
“No matter the trials we face, no matter the challenges to come, we must go forward together.”
“We must keep America first in our hearts. We must keep freedom alive in our souls. And we must always keep faith in America’s destiny, that one Nation, under God, must be the hope and the promise and the light and the glory among all the nations of the world!”
“Thank you. God Bless You, God Bless America, and good night!”
By the time he hit “thank you,’ it seemed like he had the audience mesmerized.
It seemed like for those last two minutes they all had dropped their partisan political guards just a bit, and we were all able to glimpse some of the potential that exists when our representatives choose to do their jobs like they were intended to do in the spirit of constructive compromise, with the best interests of our country and its people in mind.
Stay tuned for my more detailed analysis of The State of the Union address: Part 2 tomorrow.
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