March 1, 2017

Before last night’s Presidential Address to Congress, a lot of pundits were saying that Donald Trump had to appear “presidential” and make an appeal to unity and bipartisanship. He did far more than that. Afterward, many liberal pundits grudgingly admitted that he seized the mantle of President with one of the best speeches since Ronald Reagan. Even uber-liberal Van Jones said that last night, Trump “became President” (not to brag, but some of knew that Trump had been President since January 20th.)

From his opening that acknowledged Black History Month and the need to counter racism and anti-Semitism to his closing that urged Americans to come together to embrace the “renewal of the American Spirit” and “believe once more in America,” Trump struck a combination of patriotism, toughness, resolve, confidence and bipartisanship that seemed to make him grow more in statute with each passing minute. Meanwhile, Democrats appeared to shrink to Lilliputian size as they petulantly sat on their hands and glowered even when Trump touted issues they supposedly support (or at least want voters to think they support), like creating American jobs and helping women entrepreneurs. They couldn’t even be moved to applaud bipartisanship. Hey, guys, you do realize that means giving you more say in legislation than you’ve actually earned at the ballot box, right?

But the absolute nadir of the Democrats’ selfish partisanship came when the crowd gave an emotional two-minute standing ovation to the crying widow of fallen Navy SEAL Ryan Owens. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Keith Ellison, who did at least stand for her intro, were caught on camera during the later, historic ovation, glued to their seats, apparently either unmoved or terrified at what their radical leftist base would say if they actually stood up twice to honor a fallen American hero.

In one bit of political theater, some Democrats brought illegal immigrants as guests. Trump countered with his own guests (a tradition started by Ronald Reagan), who included some family members of murdered victims of the illegal immigrants he’s actually targeting: criminal aliens with multiple deportations who never should have been here in the first place. When he announced the creation of a new office to help Americans victimized by illegal alien criminals (“VOICE” or Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement), Democrats audibly hissed and groaned. Bad move. It must have left millions of law-abiding citizens watching at home to wonder if the Democrats even know who they’re supposed to be representing.

Another Trump quote that elicited silence and eyeball daggers from the donkey side of the aisle was when he said, "My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America." If they disagree with that, then what the heck do they think the President’s job is? Professional golfer? (That would, at least, be an understandable mistake.) They certainly don’t seem to think his job is to protect Americans from radical Islamic terrorism, given the fact that they reacted to that phrase the way a four-year-old reacts to spinach.

Focus groups of viewers found that Republicans gave the speech an A+, even though Trump included some proposals conservatives oppose, such as paid family leave. Independents gave it an A. Democrats gave it a C, but that’s astounding, since they likely started off all ready to give it an F-minus. Maybe after hearing from their leaders for months that Donald Trump was insane, unhinged, deranged and the second coming of Hitler, they finally started to realize they’d been snowed (they should’ve realized that from his gracious acceptance speech on Election Night, or his Inaugural Address, but cognitive dissonance takes time to shake off.) A poll by – yes, CNN! – found that around 70 percent of viewers thought Trump was moving the country in the right direction and they felt more optimistic. Only 21% had a negative reaction, while 57% had a “very positive” reaction. I’ll bet some folks at CNN wish that were “fake news.”

You could tell that Democrats knew their “sit on their rumps and look constipated” strategy had backfired badly when, after Trump wrapped up with a patriotic appeal to our better angels, they didn’t even give him time to leave the chamber before they were out of their seats and bolting for the exits with ashen faces, like a busload of grandparents scurrying off a roller coaster than they’d thought was going to be a merry-go-round.

As for the Democratic response from former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, the best I can say is that he delivered it well, but it seemed to come from a time long past. With his folksy demeanor and country store setting, he embodied a strain of blue collar, rural, Blue Dog Democrats who have long been chased out of the Party by the far-left urban “progressives.” These days, attempts by Democrats to evoke that traditional American image are about as authentic as the robot Abe Lincoln at Disneyland.

The Democratic response was also obviously written and possibly recorded before hearing Trump’s speech, since it accused him of opposing things, such as bipartisanship, that we’d just heard him embrace. It was especially out-of-sync with the times to hear Beshear laud how Obamacare had provided health insurance to 500,000 Kentuckians (his claim that “every American deserved health care they could afford and rely on” had me wondering, “Then why are you defending Obamacare?”) Knowing that Beshear would be giving the response, Trump had used Kentucky to bolster the case against Obamacare. He quoted current Gov. Matt Bevin (a Republican who defied the polls in a surprise win) as saying that Obamacare is unsustainable and collapsing, and said one-third of the state’s counties had only one insurer still offering policies on the exchanges.

Perhaps the most telling (and for Democrats, sobering if not terrifying) aspect of their response was that to find any Democrat with any appeal to working class voters at all, they had to go out of Washington entirely and turn to a former Governor who hadn’t even been in office since 2015. That is one shallow pool of political talent to draw from.

One final note: thanks to Andrew Malcolm for doing the math that illustrated one more yuuuuuge difference between Trump’s speech last night and any Obama speech: Trump referred to the American people 136 times, and to himself only 35 times.

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  • Debra a. Woods

    03/08/2017 10:51 PM

    Dear Mike, You are such a blessing:) Thank you for being a Christ-follower in U.S. Gov. I support what President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Team has done so far! I personally think the,"dems" want to rule over the U.S. so completely that they are willing to highjack gov. from the people of the U.S. to do it!! I hope we the people ( ones who spoke through vote) will not allow the dems. part of gov. to take over the whole. Dems. believe they are cunning in their stealth abuse of the people. Thanx for listening, sincerely, deb

  • Chad Kneller

    03/06/2017 07:36 AM

    Thank you for always adding value in your emails. You seem to be a very trustworthy, consistent and committed person and I look forward to your emails each week. You provide fair and balanced information. Let's jam sometime. Make it a GREAT DAY!!
    Chad Kneller
    Nashville, TN

  • Ann Arnhart

    03/04/2017 03:41 PM

    I've been receiving your emails for quite a long time, and have told you before that if you had won the first time you were a presidential candidate, our nation would not be in the mess that it's in! I miss your show on FOX News too. But you are filling a very important void on the political scene with your blogs full of astute, factual observations and welcome humor. When I review my inbox, I jump to open your messages first!
    I watched President Trump's message on live TV and recorded it too so I could review it again. I was so proud of him for being so respectably "presidential" and not shooting from the hip with any side comments. I was impressed that he said he was speaking from the heart as he patted his chest. It showed that he was truly engaged in what he was saying.
    The Dems are truly a pathetic lot. Talk about a "basket of deplorables," I am embarrassed by them, how they act, and what they say and stand for. They are digging their own graves along with some rebel Republicans who refuse to get on the Trump Train and help us accomplish what the President is trying to do to make things better for all Americans. Just wait until these people come up for re-election--I predict they are going to be out of a job just like Shrillary! The American people now know that they CAN choose candidates who will work in their interests and not a professional multiple-term politician who is only in it for themselves.
    Thank you for your insight and commentaries. They are a bright spot in my life. I am the editor of Metroplex Republican Women's Club newsletter. I often use excerpts or your whole message to share with our 140+ member club (credit is always given). Our members love what you have to say!!! Keep up the good work. We all love what you do through your sharp observations and hilarious humor conveyed to us in your spot-on messages! GOD BLESS YOU!

  • Hollis Avery Calvert

    03/03/2017 10:29 AM

    I LIKE MIKE!!!

  • Melissa Tinker

    03/02/2017 02:25 PM

    Thank you Governor! You have a wonderful way of cutting straight to the matter and I completely agree that President Trump grew in stature more each passing minute of that speech. I support him 100%. I pray that eventually, all Americans will come to respect and love our President because he's going to accomplish so much that it will be hard not to!

  • Robert R Blevins

    03/02/2017 12:54 PM

    Great report Governor! I am one of your fans and have been for years, I am also a big fan of the president. I am a retired military vet and am disgusted by the tactics of the Democratic party. Organize all of the military vets in every state and have them lift their voices in disapproval of such un-american conduct. We who have served love our country, our flag, and our president. God Bless You, our President, and the United States of American.

  • Virginia Schaffer

    03/02/2017 11:41 AM

    Mr. Huckabee, great commentary...I was thinking much the same. President Trump's "great" address to Congress was a homerun. The liberals response was horrible....whatever happened to Hillary's slogan: "Stronger Together"? I guess they are "sore losers" still dividing this nation!

  • Mary A. Reedy

    03/02/2017 10:47 AM

    You are right on, Gov. Huckabee. I loved President Trump's speech and hopefully, some of the Democrats will help him get his agenda passed. I don't imagine many of them will though. President Trump truly was presidential in giving his speech, so he is learning fast. God bless him and VP Pence as they fight for the American people.

  • Jan Powell

    03/02/2017 10:39 AM

    Hi Mike. I'm fom Lubbock, TX and you will always be one of my favorite politicians! Your gift for writing and your sense of humor always leave me with lasting & incredible word pictures! What a great teacher you are, and I'm totally aligned with your thinking. Thank you for all of it!!!

  • Edna Hopkins

    03/02/2017 12:35 AM

    Concerning Obamacare, my son just retired and underestimated their income. Resulting in a payback of $6000.00 plus they paid $800/month for insurance. I supposed if you are poor this insurance may work for you otherwise it is horrible. Other issues besides this need to addressed which I feel President Trump will take care of, if they will LET him. I pray this country will get back to it's roots.

  • Don Scott

    03/02/2017 12:30 AM

    Great summation !

  • Gil Bellamy

    03/01/2017 11:44 PM

    Law enforcement officers in both Oregon and Washington are in trouble with their agencies for obeying the law and reporting to ICE illegal alien criminal invaders they have apprehended. You need to advocate that President Trump not only pardon those police officers but draft them into the new Border Patrol positions being created. Can you believe police officers being in trouble for enforcing the law as they are required to do by law and the oath they took when they became officers of the law? There is a new Sheriff in DC and he got his badge and pen on January 20.

  • Robyn

    03/01/2017 10:36 PM

    Governor you are such a great writer and the way you word your observations are hilarious!! Plus you are 100% spot on with this one!! Those Dems have now where to hide! They are so disingenuous in what they really stand for. All they want is power and the way they've kept it as long as they have is to fool their base into believing we are the enemy when we and what we stand for are the opposite!! I know the President just showed them that he is who cares not their "leaders" at all. I don't know how Pelosi and Shumer sleep at night. Thanks Governor!! I wanted you to be something in the President's cabinet but your daughter is awesome too!! God speed to you and to her!!

  • Jeffrey G Gura

    03/01/2017 10:22 PM

    As always, Mike, your insights are great! You can be satisfied to know that I read every one of your short, simple, insightful articles...

  • Sherri LaBreck

    03/01/2017 09:52 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee, I want to thank you for your daily commentary. I truly look forward to receiving your emails every day. You are my only source for truthful reporting. I use to follow politics on a daily basis but since President Trump was elected, the constant and degrading talk about him and his family has finally turned me away. I just can't stand to watch the negative and destructive behavior of the news media and the Democrats any longer. It is so embarrassing to watch as they behave as children, throw their tantrums, and try to drowned out and deny the voters of the United States who put President Trump in office. The President will turn this country around despite the Democrats. How sad that this group of people only see what they believe to be in their own best interest and not the country as a whole. I truly believe that there is divine intervention going on here and that God has blessed us all with someone who will provide inspiration, love of country, and make the United States great again. Again, thank you so very much for all that you do and I look forward to your continuing communications. It can only get better from here.

  • Edra S Wrye

    03/01/2017 07:51 PM

    I along with Most sensible Americans, was truly impressed with our President last night. It was by far the best address given by a new President that I have ever heard. I am first of all a proud American, and then a Republican Praying for unity to "Make American Great Again". Thank you for giving us such a great review of what we heard last night.

  • Josiane

    03/01/2017 07:36 PM

    I hope that you watched Bernie Sanders rebuttal. It's good to remember Trump wears a mask of compassion. I will agree that he did sound the most presidential, but will the real Donald Trump please stand up?

  • Danny Powers

    03/01/2017 07:17 PM

    Great Speech last night Mr. President....Best night of sleep I've had in a long time.. You stand for what our Country needs exactly...Thanks and our prayers are with you and your family.. God bless America.

  • Charlenne Wright

    03/01/2017 07:09 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, Your comments are very enlightening and very informative. President Trump's speech was beyond the doubt one of the best I have ever heard. He truly is for the American people. Even though I am a registered Democrat I did NOT vote for Hillary and I was appalled at the way the Democrats handled themselves during the speech. They were an embarrassment to the United States. I am definitely changing my party affiliation as I do not like the liberals concept of governing, Keep up the good work with your messages.i

  • Linda m Beeler

    03/01/2017 07:09 PM

    We love you Mike Huckabee!!?? We was hoping and praying for you to be President! You are an awesome man of God! I was at first scared to vote for Trump but I knew I couldn't vote for the other!??I cannot tell you how pleased I am on how well Donald Trump is doing! I'm so excited, like never before! God is using him to make America great again! Hallelujah!!???? Thank you to all the Christians that are behind him, helping him, leading and guiding him to do the things that are right in God's sight. Trump did an Awesome speech!! I was emotional praising and thanking Jesus the whole time!! God bless you and your family??

  • Connie Gough

    03/01/2017 07:07 PM

    I m very happy that Trump is our President. To make it short and simple, I have already enjoyed read your daily articles on your opinions. thank you for writing them.

  • Joanne Woodruff

    03/01/2017 06:59 PM

    Governor, thank you very much for your assessment of our President's speech. I am very excited to see our Country come back to it's respectability and greatness as the leader of the free world. We should continue daily lifting Him and VP up in prayer- plus all of Congress. 1 Timothy 2.
    Sincerely, Mrs. J. Woodruff

  • gary daniels

    03/01/2017 06:53 PM

    I really enjoy his speech and when he gave his first Thank you speech in Ohio I stood and shouted and applauded and Amen'd him, for the first time in many years I felt proud to be an American, and I will say this to you I was for you from the beginning and am sorry you lost because I believe you sir, I believe you have the goods of a good man and a warrior for Jesus Christ and I respect you highly... Thank you for your commentary's

  • jeff wiswall

    03/01/2017 06:52 PM

    God Bless You Sir! I anticipate hearing from you regularly. I count you as one of my best noted opinions and source of information that I am concerned with. I support you and I pray that all you do is constantly blessed.

  • Richard W England

    03/01/2017 06:49 PM

    Thank God TRUMP is President and I thought his speech was great

  • Bonnie Miller

    03/01/2017 06:18 PM

    Love your daily observations. I share them with my political email group and a Baptist pastor. You're very astute and insightful and your wry witticisms are fun to read. It's obvious that whatever fears and doubts liberals had about the president were guided by media bias, not their ability to think and reason after reading the Constitution. Take care!

  • Mary Perkins

    03/01/2017 05:53 PM

    Thank you for the e-mails and reaching out to Americans. President Trumps speech was amazing and spot on to what he has said all along, ever since the campaign trail. He is the average Americans hope for a better future, our voice that no one else was listening to. I support him and truly hope he can unite this country. Keep reaching out to all of us, we are his base of support as much as he is ours. Thanks again, and this is the first time in my life (and I am 60) that I feel there is a President who is listening!

  • Paula Wilcox

    03/01/2017 05:49 PM

    Right on target! I share your views with everyone. I love your perspective. Keep it up Sir.
    Love you in Michigan!!

  • Lauren Kiley

    03/01/2017 05:48 PM

    Agree with you 100%!! So disappointing how childish the democrats are being.

  • Nancy Kennedy

    03/01/2017 05:42 PM

    Thank you for your comments! Spot on! If I were a Democrat, I'd crawl in a hole and stay! President Trump did a fabulous job. I support making America great again. I'm grateful for your comments.

  • Carol Slabinski

    03/01/2017 05:24 PM

    Rev. Mr. Huckabee, Sir Good Guy,
    We enjoy your sizzling and tasty analyses as much as we did President Trump's superb speech last night! The Dems, with their stony, sour, twisted-up faces, are just digging themselves into deeper do-do. Thank the Lord for a President who can speak the truth openly and not care two wits about intimidation, who is setting us on a course back to a healthy nation.....a nation that once again knows the meaning of true
    "respect" and "common sense", and who is not afraid to do what it takes to stand up for great American ideals. I think he pulled them out of the round file, in the Oval Office, where he undoubtedly found them on January 20th! JOY and PTL!! We are grateful for President Trump, and for you!

  • Purushottam Naik

    03/01/2017 04:59 PM

    Mr. President, excellent speech Sir! From the beginning till the end -- each and every word, sentences and points superbly presented and well received! Please continue with this optimism, faith and positive actions you laid out, then you will be very successful by making each and every American very proud and successful! Salute to you Sir from bottom of my heart!

  • Delphine Levesque

    03/01/2017 04:44 PM

    Mike, my husband (Robert Levesque) gets your commentaries everyday and we so appreciate your intelligent and humorous remarks! We discuss them all. We are hoping that you go back to having your program on FOX, but maybe you reach a wider audience this way. I do wish that we could contribute to your efforts, but we are retired, on fixed income and burden with the heavy state, school and property taxes that make New York the highest taxed state in the Union. But, dear Mike, I am a woman of prayer, and I pray for you and your efforts everyday. The Lord bless and keep you and angels surround you!

  • Kathleen Shull

    03/01/2017 04:43 PM

    I look forward to your newsletters. Your viewpoint and humor are priceless! I have never read any of your letters that were fact less and biased. Your sense of humor colors every article and makes them truly enjoyable. I would like to Thank You for all your efforts in these unusual times.

  • Beverly Sylvia

    03/01/2017 04:41 PM


  • Eileen and Rick Anthony

    03/01/2017 04:41 PM

    Thanks so much, Mike for your (always) refreshing, humorous and very truthful comments on President Trump's speech. (I still love saying that over and over!!) We were so thrilled at the speech last night that we didn't even take a break from the tv until the Dems put that poor old, washed-out, ex-governor of Kentucky on for the response. I'm sure many people just moved on at that point! We are thrilled with the way this nation is turning around! We also KNOW that God has appointed President Trump for a time such as this. We pray many times during the day for him, his family, his cabinet and workers! We knew as soon as he threw his hat in the ring that he was the one that God would probably use! So many were against him - even really strong Christians! God sure has a way of showing us how what He sees in us instead of how we may see each other. If people choose to believe that the Democratic Party just see things differently, all they need to do is take a long look at the faces and postures of those who remained seated and lifeless during a very emotional, patriotic, encouraging message from the man who has been chosen to lead the U.S.A.! They should all be truly ashamed for their selfishness and bitterness. It's not about them but about our great country and the future we will leave to our kids/grandkids. Keep the e-mails coming!!

  • Patti Greene

    03/01/2017 04:25 PM

    I am so thankful to God for Donald Trump! Trump does seem to be all that he said he would be. He is my President!

  • Donna Marie King

    03/01/2017 04:21 PM

    How refreshing!

  • Renard David Jacobs

    03/01/2017 04:12 PM

    Thank you Gov. Huckabee. I enjoy reading and learning from you. I was so proud of President Trump's speech, I welled up with tears several times with pride. I openly wept for our brave warrior's widow. I personally hope the Democrats don't learn their lesson. Perhaps their supporters will see the true color of their party. The "globalization" of the world has been staved off.

  • John Silva

    03/01/2017 04:05 PM

    Great review!

  • Kathy Radich

    03/01/2017 04:01 PM

    The only losers were the self centered dems that could not get past their stupidity and accept the fact that President Trump IS FOR THE PEOPLE! I was shocked how disrespectful they were even to the widow of the fallen soldier. People, remember this when they are up for election. They are FOR themselves, NOT you!
    God bless America and God protect our President!????????

  • Judith Swanson

    03/01/2017 03:57 PM

    Great critique! I was so pleased and now hopeful with the President's speech last night. It was a joy to have someone talk who actually cares about our country & it's citizens ~ rather than himself! I believe that God did appoint this man for His reasons.

  • Edward M Daniel III

    03/01/2017 03:51 PM

    After the speech last night, it is obvious that if the democrats try using amendment 25 against Trump; they will succeed in showing the American People the ones who need the amendment is Trump against the very ones who are trying to attack him with it. I don't believe there is a ligament psychiatrist in the country that would find amendment 25 is needed against Trump after his speech to congress last night. Trump has shown that he is all about the people and not the government. The government's responsibility is to the people, not the people to the government. The government is supposed to help and protect the people, not to suppress the will of the people. The democrats seem to think that we need big government to oppress everybody to their will and to get rich in the process. That is not a government of the people, but a government for itself.

  • Ellen Williams

    03/01/2017 03:50 PM

    LOVED the speech. Thought Trump "hit it out of the park": except of course the compliment about Lincoln. I live SOUTH of the Mason/Dixon Line and marse Lincoln ain't popular down heah.

  • Kathy Peterson

    03/01/2017 03:50 PM

    Enjoy your letters. Feel you are trustworthy and enjoy the humor with which you write??

  • Terry M. Parrott

    03/01/2017 03:40 PM

    PTL for putting "His" man in office. Great speech, Mr. President!

  • marvin walerstein

    03/01/2017 03:39 PM

    If the dems think they were hurting someone with that act last night, they did, themselves. I've seen youngsters behave better. If they were trying to make a point, they failed miserably.

  • Doreen Lane

    03/01/2017 03:39 PM

    Great article from a great man. The President gave a heartfelt speech and I couldn't have been more proud to be able to say I voted for him and have supported him from day one. You would have been my husbands and my second choice. (sorry) I highly value your opinion. I used to watch your Fox show and miss you as a regular. You have a contagious smile and I love the positive spin you put on stories. Your daughter is pretty awesome too!

  • Lynda Trautwein

    03/01/2017 03:39 PM

    Wonderful article, Mike. I always take the time to read your articles because they are so uplifting. Even if I am the only one commenting on your articles, keep up the good work, Mike!!

  • Gary Roesle

    03/01/2017 03:33 PM

    Spot on Mike. Anyone interested in moving the country forward,would have to agree this speech was what all Americans should want.