It was a great speech. For the first time in forever, to quote the lyric my nine year old sings at random times, Donald Trump was Presidential. He strode into the House of Representatives, took to the world stage, and delivered a great State of the Union address. He became President that night. His speech hit the right notes. The applause lines drew real applause for the most part. He showed he could become the President many of us were skeptical he could ever become.
The next day, everybody was talking about his speech. It was the major headline across news networks. Even networks that rarely say anything nice about the President were saying nice things about his speech, his delivery, and the reception of his speech.
Within forty-eight hours of his speech it was all gone; vaporized by his twitter feed. The President we saw in the House of Representatives that night was more Cinderella's stagecoach at the ball. Midnight struck and suddenly we're left with an orange mess.
I was wrong. I thought that moment in 2017 could be a turning point towards something new, focused, and disciplined. But it was just an act on a stage. The President fell back into his undisciplined behavior and caused a multi-day news cycle about his speech to spin off into insanity.
He will do it again. Events of his own design will overtake this speech. So tonight we'll go through all the pomp and circumstance America has to offer as a republic and by Friday we'll be on to the latest mean tweets. The speech will be all but forgotten and its agenda ignored. It makes you wonder if it is worth it. And, to answer that, it is not. The amount of taxpayer money spent to orchestrate tonight will be a waste and all the energy put into the speech will amount to nothing by Friday.
Events change things and this President is spectacularly successful and creating the events to change things all to his own disadvantage. It's kind of sad really.
But today, we'll hear grand things and high-mindedness from a lot of people who will tell us how it matters and why it matters. It won't matter at all.