Dow Soars After Tone Change from Trump in Joint Session Speech

Nearly 7-in-10 who watched said the President’s proposed policies would move the country in the right direction and almost two-thirds said the president has the right priorities for the country. Overall, about 7-in-10 said the speech made them feel more optimistic about the direction of the country. [CNN]

THE DOW just hit 21,000 for the first time in American history following President Trump’s turnaround speech last night. Today everyone is wondering how long the new tone will last.

I’m wondering when the tale of two Trumps will deliver someone’s head from his inner circle on a pike. The speech last night gave me whiplash at times but POTUS wasn’t talking to me. This is about tone, not any changes in Bannon-esque policy.

The most powerful moment was when Mrs. Owens, the wife of the Navy SEALS special warfare officer Ryan Owens, was recognized.

Trump turned the moment into an applause contest.

Democrats are wondering how Trump will deliver on all the promises he made.

Oh, and one more thing about Democrats. The rebuttal to Trump sucked. Another white man? Don’t tell me Tom Perez, the new DNC chairman, thinks Democrats need to suck up to whitey to win in 2018. What Dems need is a message, and the first Hispanic male to run the DNC could have given the response like a labor leader. No offense to the former Kentucky governor but he was the wrong person to deliver last night’s message.

With Trump’s numbers on the economy topping 72% after last night, Democrats need to get a clue and not repeat Clinton’s mistakes of thinking any voter cares about anything but their own fortunes.

Van Jones made people’s head explode on CNN.

Democrats would be wise to understand that Trump solidified his base last night but he likely made a few conservative independents take another look at him too.

Luckily, if we wait five minutes, Trump will start another Twitter war, and last night will be another reminder that we can’t trust anything this man says.

There are a lot of people who have a lot of reason to be frustrated with him, to be fearful of him. But that was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics, period. And he did something extraordinary. And for people who have been hoping that he would become unifying, hoping that he might find some way to become presidential, they should be happy with that moment. For people who have been hoping that maybe he would remain a divisive cartoon, which he often finds a way to do, they should begin to become a little bit worried tonight, because that thing you just saw him do, if he finds a way to do that over and over again, he’s going to be there for eight years. Now, there was a lot that he said in that speech that was counter-factual, that was not right, that I oppose and will oppose. But he did something tonight that you cannot take away from him. He became president of the United States. – Van Jones [on CNN]