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Trump Set High Bar for Biden’s Speech Before Congress on Wednesday–Can Biden Possibly Meet It?

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bidenThis Wednesday, Joe Biden will give his first address before a joint session of Congress, marking the President’s most important public appearance since taking office. As AMAC Newsline has previously noted, Biden has already waited longer to appear before Congress than any President in generations.

When Biden takes the podium on Wednesday, he will confront the challenge of putting a positive spin on what has been a turbulent start to his presidency. Biden is facing a massive crisis of his own creation at the southern border, a stagnating economic recovery, continued social unrest, and renewed aggression from China, Russia, and Iran in response to perceived U.S. weakness. Americans will expect answers from their president, and the Biden administration thus far hasn’t provided any. President Biden will likely tout the number of Americans that have been vaccinated, but that success is thanks to President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed. President Trump’s vaccine plan has largely succeeded in 2021 in spite of the Biden administration’s bungled rollout and continued mixed messaging on the safety of vaccines.

Despite the magnitude of Wednesday’s speech in the context of Biden’s presidency, relatively few lawmakers will be present. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has capped attendance at around 200, a move that makes little sense given that the House chamber is designed to hold more than 1,000 people, nearly double the 535 members of Congress that would normally be invited. Moreover, nearly every member of the House and Senate has already been vaccinated.

Undoubtedly, Biden will have a tough act to follow after President Trump dramatically raised the bar for the speech during each of his four years in office and earned glowing reviews and high approval ratings from Republicans and Democrats alike.

Under President Trump, the annual address to Congress became must-watch television filled with unifying moments for all Americans. Indeed, Trump turned the event into an annual patriotic ritual with unforgettable scenes that will live on in Americans’ collective memory for decades. One such moment came early on in 2017 when President Trump delivered a stirring tribute to Navy SEAL Ryan Owens, who was killed in a raid in Yemen, as his widow, Carryn Owens, looked to Heaven with tears in her eyes. Even outspoken Trump critic Van Jones called it “one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics, period.”

In 2018, during his first official State of the Union Address, President Trump once again delivered breathtaking television–from recognizing Congressman Steve Scalise who had nearly been killed by a left-wing extremist attack on the Republican baseball team, to highlighting the grieving parents of two Long Island girls murdered by MS-13, to telling the unbelievable harrowing story of a North Korean defector, Ji Seong-ho.

Trump’s 2019 State of the Union Address was even more packed with emotion and drama, beginning with the recognition of three D-Day heroes and then returning to them at the end of the speech to reveal that some of those same heroes had gone on to liberate the Nazi concentration camps of survivors who were seated right next to them. One of the Holocaust survivors, Judah Samet, was then revealed to have recently survived the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.  President Trump noted that it was Judah’s 81st birthday. The entire chamber, Republicans and Democrats alike, spontaneously sang “Happy Birthday” to the elderly Judah, as a smiling Trump mimed the role of a conductor in the well of the House chamber.

Trump’s ability to perfectly articulate a vision of America that celebrated its history and looked toward a better future translated into record approval from viewers. CBS ran an instant poll following Trump’s address that found 76% of respondents viewed his speech positively. The Drudge Report declared “TRUMP ROCKS HOUSE.” Lance Morrow, writing in the Wall Street Journal, declared the 2019 Address a “masterpiece.”

Yet in 2020, Trump took the form to even greater heights. Janiyah Davis, a fourth-grader from Philadelphia, was surprised when the President bestowed her with a school choice scholarship. Ian Lanphier, a young man who wanted to join the Space Force, was revealed to be accompanied by his 100-year old grandfather, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, whom the President had just promoted to Brigadier General. Juan Guaido, the recognized legitimate president of Venezuela, made an unexpected appearance. A dying Rush Limbaugh was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on live television. Carl and Marsha Mueller, whose daughter Kayla Mueller had been murdered by ISIS, were informed for the first time that the mission to kill ISIS founder al-Baghdadi had been named in Kayla’s honor. And finally, in a made-for-TV ending, a military wife and her two children were reunited with their American soldier husband and father who had been deployed in Afghanistan, as he bounded into the chamber to the shock of his family. As Trump uttered the final syllables of the address’s moving conclusion, Nancy Pelosi was so thoroughly defeated that she stood up and literally tore her copy of the speech in half.

CBS’s Norah O’Donnell, no Trump fan, said afterward that the speech was a “master showman at his best.” Obama advisor David Axelrod said it was a “very, very well crafted re-election speech.” The New York Post wrote, “Trump Hits Grand Slam.”

Trump also saw increases in his approval rating following all four of his addresses to Congress. Americans watched, and they liked what they saw. We’ll see if Mr. Biden can meet the high standard set by his predecessor.

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John
4 months ago

What the Hey? We all KNEW Old Doddering Joe would be telling some real whoppers! He really doesn’t know he is an idiot.
“When you are dead, you really do not know you are dead. The suffering, anguish and loss is felt by those friends and family that are left behind… the SAME is also TRUE when you are a Democrat!”

Jeanette Wojtas
4 months ago

I don’t see why Congress cannot be 100% in attendance..and an designated survivor be put in place. This administration is hurting our country..

linda 1
4 months ago

Prediction: Biden will speak less than 20 minutes. He will allow his co-president to take over. We’ll hear about the justice for George Floyd thanks to the tireless effort of BLM. He will tell us how the influx of ‘migrants’ across the southern border is a great thing for our country. He will take full credit for the vaccine and ending the wars in the middle East. He will praise the Chinese for working with us on Climate Change. Harris will giggle and tell us every thing she is doing to help those crossing the border.

Mike
4 months ago

Well they have a whole list of issues Biden has on his plate but they forgot one that could possibly cost the Dem’s the White House and more. INFLATION! Just since Joe took over prices have gone up. And I directly hold him responsible for fuel prices which may be what is driving prices up. It costs more to transport products and we all know that price is passed on to the consumer. Oh and let’s not talk about what it costs now at the gas pump. Joe has no policies that help the people of this country. He and the Dem’s are only in it for power not to help anyone but themselves.

Heather
4 months ago

They are all Globalist in bed with China

demarree1
4 months ago

I want the job of tearing up the speech, just like Pelosi did to Trump’s speech last year!

Freedom Great
4 months ago
Reply to  demarree1

demarree1

It’s all yours. You have 75M willing to do the job.

Stephane
4 months ago

Whatever the handlers of the chinese stooge will put on the “prompter”, the senile idiot will flub it!
If they put 2 lines he wiill go from one to the other and loose his elan. That shadow of a man will NEVER aain make sense in any speech, even if he can read it.

ShellzNcheez
4 months ago

Joe can’t tie his own shoes. Listening to Trump speak (whether you liked what he said or not) and listening to Joe stammer while chasing trails of fading thoughts, is like night and day. What kind of idiot would vote for ‘Slow Joe’?! I passed said idiot on the road yesterday. Two HUGE Biden Harris stickers proudly displayed on his back window. Ugh.

James
4 months ago

I think the Whole wretched Family should be on stage.. lets get a look at the whole Communist Democrat Family of TRAITORS and THIEVES of the Puppet Stooge Biden

Rachel
4 months ago

President Trump is still my president, not this fool Mr. Biden. I will not be watching him read this speech that someone else wrote. He has been practicing for the past week. Good luck.

Tim
4 months ago

It will be very short, as Joe is unable to be up to long. Maybe, Jill will be at his side and looking over his shoulder to ensure he is staying on track. I will not be watching a Socialist message from the king pin crime boss of the Biden crime family.

Lyn echols
4 months ago

Notice his wife always needs to be near by to coach him. All you ever see is him poised with pen in hand to sign something he knows nothing about. He’s just playing at being a president, so incompetent!

Jon VANDER SCHOUW
4 months ago
Reply to  Lyn echols

Joe DeMentia speaks?

James
4 months ago
Reply to  Lyn echols

she is no better than he is.. Chilly Jilly is the Queen of elder abuse

James
4 months ago
Reply to  Lyn echols

his wife is no better than he is .. Chilly Jilly is the Queen of Elder Abuse and the United States will Suffer because of her

Bchris
4 months ago

Can Biden match Trump’s speech? NO WAY – NOT IN A ZILLION YEARS! Old joe and his puppet managers are ruining this country!

‘Nonymous
4 months ago

Biden couldn’t come close to Trumps abilities or standards on the most lucid day of his worthless life!

phoenix
4 months ago

of course he will. I mean he won’t and can’t

But its going to be reported that he did.

I’ve no plans to watch

I am busy preparing for a stock market crash, High energy and food prices and inflation

Ruth A Lance
4 months ago
Reply to  phoenix

Right on.

The Rebel
4 months ago

This guy is a complete MORON So what does that say for the Delaware voters who put him in office for 50+ years??????

Old Silk
4 months ago
Reply to  The Rebel

Anybody who has been there for long enough knows that they don’t dream big or do big things. They are mediocre at best and turn those who are able to be the absolute best into the same sub-mediocre class. They are happy to grab some pocket change and never have people coming back. Basically, there are a whole lot of feeders there.

Last edited 4 months ago by Old Silk
DebS
4 months ago
Reply to  The Rebel

50+ years??? To hear old Joe tell it, he’s been in office for 120 years and counting!!! He’s just the Puppet on a string! I sure miss President Trump.

Ruth A Lance
4 months ago
Reply to  DebS

I miss President Trump too. God save this country.

Felix
4 months ago

Someone should pull the plug on his teleprompter.

Freedom Great
4 months ago
Reply to  Felix

Felix
Confused Creepy Joe will do well reading all the BS on his teleprompter.. Nothing to worry about with Jill and Psaki by his side.

Nevertheless, I won’t watch even if they pay me trillions of dollars.. I’ll skip the glowing reviews from the “Fake News” Marxist media the next day, too.

I have better use of my precious time than listen to Plagiarizing Joe.

On second thought, maybe if Pres. Trump writes Joe’s speech, then, I’ll watch and listen.

J. Farley
4 months ago

Hidden Joe Biden, will manage to do the Limbo, if anyone remembers that dance, it’s dancing around and managing to dance as low as you can go under a bar. His train of thought will derail in the first 10 minutes

GKP
4 months ago

I will not watch this jerk at any time//Just think the house will have Pelosi+Harris holding hands sitting behind a complete dementia buffoon. Now that should be a picture of 3 idiots for a cartoon/

Sheila
4 months ago
Reply to  GKP

Good for you, GKP. I also won’t be watching it either.

Bchris
4 months ago
Reply to  GKP

Neither will I watch! He makes me sick to my stomach! All lies and he has nothing to do with what he’s told to say. Remember the picture notes he had for his first press conference! As leader of the free world, he and the head Dems are an embarrassment!

Last edited 4 months ago by Bchris
gi2468
4 months ago
Reply to  GKP

I will not be watching either. Did not watch Obama & will not ever watch Biden. They both make me sick. The two worst & most dangerous “presidents” in the history of this country, & I use the term president in their cases, lightly. Watched every time President Trump spoke because he was sincere & unifying.

Heather
4 months ago
Reply to  GKP

The site of him sickens me.

Patriot Will
4 months ago

President Trump’s speeches were based on loving America and wanting the best for the American people. Thus, President Trump’s words were sincere and uplifting. However, Biden is merely concerned with his position of remaining president. He is not a sincere politician who has a positive plan for all Americans. Biden is a divider and a hater. If Biden does a halfway decent job on his speech, it just means that he did a good job of fooling and deceiving.

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