Last night, President Trump gave the speech of his life while addressing a joint session of Congress. Even those on the left believed it was a defining moment, not only for the president, but for the country. As time goes on that speech may be remembered as one of the most important events in our country’s history.
It came at a time of deep division and political polarization. And while Congress erupted in applause, we all felt the power of sacrifice, patriotism, and duty that our American heroes in the military and their families feel on a daily basis.
People on both sides of the aisle (except for this former Hillary staffer) were touched when the president thanked Carryn Owens, the widow of slain Navy Seal Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens. Trump said:
“We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William ‘Ryan’ Owens. Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero –- battling against terrorism and securing our Nation,” Trump said.
“I just spoke to General Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, ‘Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies.’ Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity. For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom –- we will never forget him,” he concluded.
You can feel the energy and emotion in the room. We needed that moment as a country and as a unified people. And even Trump’s harshest critics had to bow down to the incredible moment, making us wonder if it will go down as the most emotional and powerful event in the history of congressional addresses. Certainly George W. Bush’s first address after 9/11 is up there for sure. But times are different now and it is certainly up for debate.
It’s just a shame that some Democrats in the room could not get past their hatred of the president to embrace the poignant moment:
Sobbing widow of slain Navy Seal receives 2 minute standing ovation.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz & Keith Ellison stay firmly seated, no claps
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 1, 2017