Wednesday's HOT MIC
Good Wednesday morning.
Here is what's on the President's agenda today:
- The President meets with the Vice President, the Secretary of State, and the Secretary of Defense
- Later, President Trump has a Tax reform meeting with American workers
- In the afternoon, the President meets with Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin
I have a condensed version of the Briefing for you this morning. I stayed up later than I wanted for the SOTU festivities and slept through my alarm.
My hot take: I thought the speech was very positive and "pro-America." The President's guests at the speech were a great way to tell the story he wanted to tell. The Democrats looked like sour pusses and bitchy babies but that's no surprise since their political position is to sell misery and discord. Naturally, they revile the positive messages about America coming from the President. Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) delivered the official response and was inexplicably put in front of a car which is a bad look for a Kennedy. Putting a rich white liberal from New England to respond to the SOTU is a funny way to win back the working class Americans that ditched the Dems in 2016, but whatever. The audience noticed he was slobbering or had abused his chapstick to the point of distraction. His response was dark and morose.
SOTU/SOTU after party reviews and hot takes
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!
Missed this incredible moment yesterday.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez stomped out of the State of the Union address in a huff Tuesday, just as Republicans broke into a "USA" chant.
President Donald Trump had just finished mentioning the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol building, which he then called a "monument to the American people."
In that section of remarks, Trump also praised veterans in wars from the Revolution, through World War II and today, mentioning sites like Saratoga, N.Y., Yorktown, V.A. and the Pacific theater.
As half of the gallery broke into a "USA" chant, Gutierrez (D-Ill.) could be seen exiting his aisle seat and walking out of the chamber.
What a sweetheart that guy is, huh?
“Having stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year, it’s no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ issue spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance abuses at these agencies. The FBI is intimately familiar with ‘material omissions’ with respect to their presentations to both Congress and the courts, and they are welcome to make public, to the greatest extent possible, all the information they have on these abuses. Regardless, it’s clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an American political campaign. Once the truth gets out, we can begin taking steps to ensure our intelligence agencies and courts are never misused like this again.”
Gird your loins:
What a sh*tshow the next few weeks are going to be. If the FBI feels obliged to respond to the memo publicly, in a test of credibility with the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, before it’s even been released then a waterfall of leaks from both sides is on the way. The NYT and WaPo will be publishing daily scoops about the original FISA warrant targeting Carter Page and allegations about federal agents and Republican pols lying shamelessly to cover their asses over various improprieties well into March.
If you missed Salena Zito's latest, here's the link.
And a pro tip: Never miss Salena's latest. She's in my estimation the best shoe-leather reporter covering national politics, and really the only one in 2015-16 who recognized the existence of potential Obama-to-Trump voters. You know, the voters who delivered OH, PA, MI, and WI -- and the White House.
But I was taken by this quote from a suburban woman at the end of Salena's report:
“This speech is about us, there were no mentions of ‘I’ or ‘me.’ All he did was talking about taking us to a better place, it was aspirational, compassionate and strong,” she said.
And "refreshing." Don't forget "refreshing."