President Donald Trump spoke in front of Congress on Feb. 28. Most surprisingly, the leader of the free world set aside his usual pride and explosive opinions to deliver a meaningful address that resonated with the nation.
Was this the hard work of Trump's PR team, or is this a new side of the president? And if it's the latter, will we be seeing more of it?
Throughout his speech — which has received both criticism and cautious praise — Trump worked to revive American morale, despite recent divisions, CNN reports. He said,
"I am asking all citizens to embrace this renewal of the American spirit. I am asking all members of Congress to join me in dreaming big, and bold, and daring things for our country. I am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment. Believe in yourselves. Believe in your future. And believe, once more, in America."
"While we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its very ugly forms," he said.
Overall, the ostensible goal of the speech was to unify across disjunctions.
"A new national pride is sweeping across our nation, and a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp," he told the audience.
And finally, the message is allegedly held near and dear to Trump himself.
"I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength," Trump said. "And it is a message deeply delivered from my heart."
While Trump touched on building the controversial wall — a staple in his campaign — and repealing Obamacare, he still managed to sound, well, presidential.
The internet, of course, had a lot of feelings about it. Many people were wary or disbelieving of Trump's dramatic shift in tone, which was miles above his recent acrimonious press conference:
If he'd be this guy most of the time, I'd breathe a lot easier.— Susie Moore (@SmoosieQ) March 1, 2017
You have 70 years of evidence vs. a speech a speechwriter wrote. Don't let the GOP push the narrative of a 'New Trump.' There is none.— Emanuel Zbeda (@therealezway) March 1, 2017
So tonight was clearly a reset for @realDonaldTrump - But will his tone carry beyond tonight?— Maeve Reston (@MaeveReston) March 1, 2017
Best speech I've heard Trump give. Steady, measured. Big question now - can he govern as he spoke? If so, he will accomplish much— Jim Merrill (@JimMerrillNH) March 1, 2017
You can disagree w/him on policy, but this is most Presidential Trump has ever sounded. If I had amnesia, I might even forget he is insane.— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) March 1, 2017
Also - is this the first speech where President Trump hasn't attacked the press?— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) March 1, 2017
Sorry talking heads-- that was not a "terrific" speech. It's just that your expectations were so low.— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) March 1, 2017
It's important to note that Trump strayed from basic facts throughout the address, which makes it a little sad, then, that we consider a step up in speech quality such a big win for a rather petulant president.
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