It took me a few days, due to a heavy work schedule, but I finally got around to watching the entire speech. Overall, I was very impressed.
I was impressed because Trump struggles with the English language; he’s not alway the most eloquent of men, and people frequently misunderstand him. But this speech was delivered almost flawlessly. Even with a teleprompter (does he use one?), it would still take a lot of practice to pull off something like that.
It did bother me that he gave lip-service (at the very beginning of his speech, no less) to “Black History Month.” He also pandered to Hispanics at one point. However, I can forgive him for this, given that it might be a political necessity; it seems he really does want to win black support. Perhaps he’ll have limited success in this endeavor. We’ll see.
Trump brought up the fact that he’s continuing construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, but failed to even acknowledge the rights of Native American tribes. Whether you believe that this pipeline presents a threat to tribal land-rights or not, enough people do to have warranted some sort of reassurance. Also, if blacks and Hispanics are deserving of special mention, then Native Americans certainly deserve such a courtesy. As for whites, I hope I live to see the day when the President of the United States can openly call for white rights. Apparently, there’s more work to be done in this regard.
I was pleased to see Trump highlight, once again, the great toll immigrant crime has taken on Americans. “Boos” from the Democrats only served to remind us how little they value the lives of American citizens.
Some of the things he called for, or aspires to, seem impossible. No, not “all Americans” can have high-paying jobs. Lowering the cost of currently ridiculously-priced drugs, and streamlining FDA approval of new drugs is definitely within reach. I hope he can do it.
Throughout it all, the look on Elena Kagan’s face spoke volumes. As I looked at her, I thought of all sorts of diseases that might strike her. Same with Sonia Sotomayor.