In addition, he began his talk to Congress with relaxed body language. The tone, language and cadence were statesmanlike. As a speechwriter, it seemed to me to reflect the input of professional scriptwriters.
All that included that memorable phrase "passing the torch" which built a bridge to Democrats. That was the platform which John F. Kennedy created to symbolize the passage from the stodgy Eisenhower era to the time for a new generation.
The president's kick-off was a salute to Black History month and a condemnation of hate.
Instead of overwhelming narcissism, the president focused on "keeping promises." Then, instead of "I, I, I," it was a concrete list of which promises have already been kept. At the top of the list were jobs kept in the U.S.
The meme of unity was made the takeaway. That unity would be achieved through a level playing field for all Americans. Among the strategies for that would be tax reductions, health insurance which is affordable, good education, law enforcement which would end violence, help for women entrepreneurs and support for industries such as steel and coal.
Where the audience probably tensed up was with the hammering of the theme of law & order. That reminds the nation of the Nixonian attempt at that. All that ended with the president's men themselves going to prison and the president himself resigning.
Are the president's critics willing to give him a second chance? Maybe.
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