7 moments that shaped a history-changing SOTU night

(CNBC video screenshot)

President Donald Trump used his State of the Union address this Tuesday to draw the American people’s attention to a number of important people, including a 100-year-old veteran, conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh, a now-reunited military family, a prematurely born baby, a Philadelphia fourth-grader, the victims of illegal alien crime and the American people at large …

All as Democrats mostly sat stewing in rage and indifference.

100-Year-Old Veteran

“Charles McGee was born in Cleveland, Ohio, one century ago,” the president said as he introduced the veteran. “Charles is one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen — the first black fighter pilots — and he also happens to be Iain’s great-grandfather.”

Iain is a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Arizona who dreams of one day joining the Space Force.

“After more than 130 combat missions in World War Two, [McGee] came back home to a country still struggling for civil rights and went on to serve America in Korea and Vietnam,” the president continued.

“On December 7th, Charles celebrated his 100th birthday. A few weeks ago, I signed a bill promoting Charles McGee to Brigadier General. And earlier today, I pinned the stars on his shoulders in the Oval Office. General McGee, our nation salutes you. Thank you, sir.”


(Source: Fox News)


Rush Limbaugh

With legendary radio show host Rush Limbaugh having announced this week that he’s been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, the president paid him a special tribute during the address Tuesday by honoring him with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“Almost every American family knows the pain when a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness,” he said. “Here tonight is a special man, beloved by millions of Americans who just received a Stage 4 advanced cancer diagnosis. This is not good news, but what is good news is that he is the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet. Rush Limbaugh, thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country.”

“And, Rush, in recognition of all that you have done for our nation, the millions of people a day that you speak to and that you inspire, and all of the incredible work that you have done for charity, I am proud to announce tonight that you will be receiving our country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”



Now-Reunited Military Family

While honoring the veterans and Gold Star Families who’ve been ignored and dismissed by Democrats, he shocked three attendees, Amy Williams and her two children, by suddenly announcing that their family patriarch, Sgt. First Class Townsend Williams, was back from Afghanistan.

“War places a heavy burden on our nation’s extraordinary military families, especially spouses like Amy Williams from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and her two children — six-year-old Elliana and three-year-old Rowan,” the president said.

“Amy works full-time and volunteers countless hours helping other military families. For the past seven months, she has done it all while her husband, Sergeant First Class Townsend Williams, is in Afghanistan on his fourth deployment in the Middle East.”

After thanking Williams for her sacrifices, the president then dropped the surprise of a lifetime on her and her kids.

“Tonight, we have a very special surprise,” he said. “I am thrilled to inform you that your husband is back from deployment. He is here with us tonight, and we couldn’t keep him waiting any longer.”


(Source: Fox News)


Prematurely Born Baby

The president also took time out of his speech to pay tribute to a special prematurely born baby named Ellie.

“In 2017, doctors at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City delivered one of the earliest premature babies ever to survive,” he said. “Born at just 21 weeks and 6 days, and weighing less than a pound, Ellie Schneider was a born fighter. Through the skill of her doctors and the prayers of her parents, little Ellie kept on winning the battle of life. Today, Ellie is a strong, healthy two-year-old girl sitting with her amazing mother Robin in the Gallery. Ellie and Robin, we are glad to have you with us tonight.”

He added that her survival is a reminder “that every child is a miracle of life” and should — despite protests from Democrats — be granted “the best chance to thrive and grow just like Ellie.”

“That is why I’m asking Congress to provide an additional $50 million to fund neonatal research for America’s youngest patients,” he continued. “That is why I’m also calling upon members of Congress here tonight to pass legislation finally banning the late-term abortion of babies. Whether we are Republican, Democrat, or independent, surely we must all agree that every human life is a sacred gift from God.”

Watch, and take note of the reaction (or lack thereof) from congressional Democrats:

(Source: Fox News)


Philadelphia Fourth Grader

After speaking about babies, Trump then pivoted his attention to those young children who’re being denied the chance to escape the failing public school system.

“[F]or too long, countless American children have been trapped in failing government schools. To rescue these students, 18 states have created school choice in the form of Opportunity Scholarships. The programs are so popular that tens of thousands of students remain on a waiting list,” he said.

“One of those students is Janiyah Davis, a fourth-grader from Philadelphia. Janiyah. Janiyah’s mom, Stephanie, is a single parent. She would do anything to give her daughter a better future. But last year, that future was put further out of reach when Pennsylvania’s governor vetoed legislation to expand school choice to 50,000 children.”

And so to make up for the actions of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, the president proceeded to award Davis with an Opportunity Scholarship.

“Now I call on Congress to give one million American children the same opportunity Janiyah has just received. Pass the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunities Act — because no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing government school,” he added.


(Source: Fox News)


Victims of Illegal Alien Crime

While speaking about efforts by Democrats to institute “sanctuary cities” and protect illegal aliens at the expense of the safety and well-being of the American people, the president brought up one particularly tragic case out of California.

“In December 2018, California police detained an illegal alien with five prior arrests, including convictions for robbery and assault. But as required by California’s Sanctuary Law, local authorities released him,” he said.

“Days later, the criminal alien went on a gruesome spree of deadly violence,” he continued, adding that among the deceased victims was a man named Rocky.

“Rocky was at a gas station when this vile criminal fired eight bullets at him from close range, murdering him in cold blood,” Trump revealed. “Rocky left behind a devoted family, including his brothers, who loved him more than anything else in the world. One of his grieving brothers is here with us tonight. Jody, would you please stand? Jody, thank you. Jody our hearts weep for your loss, and we will not rest until you have justice.”


(Source: Fox News)


American People at Large

The final tribute was for the American people at large.

“The unemployment rate for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans has reached the lowest levels in history,” he said. “The unemployment rate for women reached the lowest level in almost 70 years. And, last year, women filled 72 percent of all new jobs added.”

“The veterans’ unemployment rate dropped to a record low. The unemployment rate for disabled Americans has reached an all-time low. Workers without a high school diploma have achieved the lowest unemployment rate recorded in U.S. history. A record number of young Americans are now employed.”

Watch, and take note of the Democrats again:

(Source: Fox News)

It’s not clear what it’d take for Democrats to jump out of their seats and applaud America and its duly elected president.


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