President Trump’s State of the Union: No Poetry, but Full Text and Commentary

Tonight, President Donald Trump struggled to speak in poetry, a foreign language for a Queens-born-and-raised reality-TV star whose native tongue consists of one-liners and lapidary put-downs. Still, in the closing moments of this first State of the Union Address, he almost got there:

[Americans are a] people whose heroes live not only in the past, but all around us — defending hope, pride, and the American way.

They work in every trade. They sacrifice to raise a family. They care for our children at home. They defend our flag abroad. They are strong moms and brave kids. They are firefighters, police officers, border agents, medics, and Marines….

Americans fill the world with art and music. They push the bounds of science and discovery. And they forever remind us of what we should never forget: The people dreamed this country. The people built this country. And it is the


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