Beacon students, share your reactions to the State of the Union here: https://goo.gl/forms/LXMhfYcDwijeBLpb2.
On Tuesday, January 30th, President Trump delivered his first State of the Union address.
The address, which ran about one hour and twenty minutes long, touched on several major policy issues of the Trump Administration. Among those issues were American manufacturing jobs, immigration reform, the opioid crisis, terrorism, and relations with North Korea. Trump also invited several guests to watch his speech, including a man who escaped North Korea, and frequently referenced their stories. Throughout the night, Trump paused periodically to accommodate applause–largely from his Republican colleagues. Many Democrats sat in silence, creating a clear partisan split in the room.
On the success of the address…
“Trump pulled his usual shenanigans, saying half-meaningful statements that were just enough to rally and appease his Republican counterparts but whoever wrote his speech knew the nation was watching and he couldn’t use his usual vulgar language. The Republicans seemed pleased, but I couldn’t help but notice all the times the Democrats stood their ground and didn’t applause or stand up. There is a lot of modern-day frill attached to the State of the Union in terms of the standing as well as the tie choices that I feel sometimes the politics get lost in the media. I think Trump would consider it a success because it was mediocre. It didn’t really do anything to update us…Trump’s, and I fear now America’s, standards are lowering. So it was a successful speech because it was that perfect lukewarm temperature most politicians like. Just enough to keep going.” – Arielle Gesimar, 11th grade
On the media portrayal of the address…
“Of course, the facts weren’t all true, and I expect the media to cause an uproar over that. But there wasn’t anything horrifying or scandalous for the public to be genuinely interested [in]. So I think the State of the Union will pass without incident.” – Anonymous Student
On personal reactions to the address…
“I grew up in a really interesting household, and as someone deeply in love with politics, I think about politics and people a lot. I’m [a] Democrat, but I have one parent who voted for Trump and another who voted for Clinton. On one hand, it’s interesting to have a more human side to the Trump voter [base]. I absolutely hate Trump and what he stands for, but I do love and care about my parents, and it’s been very difficult and interesting to [try to] separate the politics from the person…[But] I don’t think we can separate the politics from the person. Politics is deeply personal, and it always will be. We need to learn how to struggle through it. It won’t be fun. It won’t be easy. But it will be worth it.” – Arielle Gesimar, 11th grade