We wrap up the final episode of our special State of the Union series by breaking down tonight’s speech by President Donald Trump. Whereas Bush’s first State of the Union speech was unifying, strong, and comforting, Trump relied on fear and threats to reach his audience. Whereas Obama yearned for explanations and exasperations to try to bridge the partisan divide, Trump leaned, nodded, and winked to his base. To say it simply: President Trump’s speech did not attempt to bring together America or the two parties. The speech reflected Trump’s governance— one of little detail, strong emotions, and insulting to large swaths of American communities.
- To see Obama's first State of the Union, watch here.
- To listen to our special episode of Obama’s speech, click here.
- To see Bush’s first State of the Union, watch here.
- To listen to our special episode of Polilogue on Bush's first State of the Union, click here.
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