Thursday, February 20, 2020

State of the Union: The Address Heard Around the World

By: Luke Updyke/Photojournalist

On January 30th, 2018, President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union Address. In his address (which ranked the second longest in about 50 years), Trump spoke about his first moments behind the podium in the House of Representatives chamber. In an almost reminiscent state of mind, the President recalled how he and his team took action “rather quickly.”

President Trump then went into flowing detail of the recent natural disasters that tore up places such as Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and California. While recalling how we all “came together and stood strong together as Americans.” Others were less moved by his words, while some grew to tears.

After speaking on the topic of the nation’s hardships in terms of the disasters, Trump moved on to speaking about his recent tax motives. “Cutting taxes,” he said, “has enabled Apple to invest a total of $350 billion in America, and hire another 20,000 workers.” While speaking highly of his tax reduction efforts, many cheered, while his words met others in opposition with a blank face.

Further on, President Trump began to speak about his efforts involving veterans and veteran support.

“I will not stop until our veterans are properly taken care of, which has been my promise to them from the very beginning of this great journey,” Trump says. “All Americans deserve accountability and respect — and that is what we are giving them.”

“These reforms will also support our response to the terrible crisis of opioid and drug addiction,” the President said. After explaining in greater detail his “administration’s plan(s) of action,” he concluded with a somewhat personal story including a New Mexico family that had fought hard against drug addiction and opioid abuse.

In conclusion, the President put quite a bit of emphasis on “America first” and policies regarding that viewpoint. Whether you agree or disagree with him, through his use of stage design, personal stories and stagecraft, it was hard not to keep watching based solely off of what might be coming next.

Luke Updyke
Luke Updyke is a senior at Blue Ridge High School and strives to do something new every single day. He enjoys creating music and pushes himself to do the best he can in all he does.

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