This Tuesday night, President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union address. It was optimistic, inclusive and inspiring. It laid out core differences between the Republican and Democratic parties. And it challenged Americans to act.
His connection with the audience was so strong that, at one point, the chamber broke into a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for Judah Samet, an audience member who survived the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last October, which killed 11 members of his community. Samet, who turned 81 on Tuesday, also survived the Holocaust, spending 10 months in a concentration camp before being freed by American soldiers.f
Trump articulated his definition of victory as one that is all-inclusive: "Victory is not winning for our party. Victory is winning for our country."
And he ticked through a laundry list of our country's victories over the last century: "America saved freedom, transformed science and redefined the middle-class standard of living for the entire world to see."
But he noted that we still face major challenges: "We must create a new standard of living for the 21st century. ... We can make our communities safer, our families stronger, our culture richer, our faith deeper and our middle class bigger and more prosperous than ever before."