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Trump's aim in his inaugural address: National unity

Posted by on Jan. 18, 2017 at 7:01 AM
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Donald Trump is a different kind of president-elect, but his very first words as president — his inaugural address — will likely echo a theme used by many predecessors.

National unity.

Having won an angry campaign, and now facing low approval ratings after a tumultuous transition, Trump plans to use his first speech as president to try to soothe tensions, according to aides.

"He wants to continue to talk about issues and areas where he can unite the country — bring it together," said Trump transition spokesman Sean Spicer.

Trump himself is working on what aides expect to be a relatively short inaugural address — possibly less than 20 minutes — with the help of longtime speechwriter Stephen Miller and other aides. Associates said the president-elect has practiced with podium and teleprompter and can be expected to reference ideas from his campaign such as "America First" and the need to "Make America Great Again."

To be delivered from the west front of the U.S. Capitol after his formal swearing-in, Trump's opening remarks will be closely watched by people who remain suspicious of the president-elect. His transition featured frequent clashes with intelligence agencies, political opponents and reporters, particularly over evidence that the Russians interfered in the election by hacking emails from Democrats close to Hillary Clinton.

Only 40% of respondents in a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll approve of the way Trump handled the transition, making him the least popular incoming president of the last seven chief executives. More than 40 congressional Democrats have said they plan to boycott the proceedings.

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In calling for national unity, Trump will trod familiar ground for new presidents.

Since George Washington took the first presidential oath of office in 1789, new presidents have often used inaugural addresses to try to bring the country together, especially in times of national stress. From the emergence of the two-party system to the Civil War to the Great Depression to more recent economic and military challenges, the most remembered inaugural addresses are products of their times.

Ronald C. White, a biographer of Ulysses Grant and Abraham Lincoln, said the speech should not be a "laundry list" of policy proposals but instead seek "an emotional kind of resonance" with all listeners. "It tries to lift the nation," he said.

As Trump puts together his speech, he may want to remember another key to memorable political rhetoric: great lines.

When historians think of inaugural addresses, they recall words like "with malice toward none, with charity for all" ... "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" ... "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

"People think they remember the speeches," said Robert Lehrman, a former speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore who now teaches public communication at American University in Washington. "Most people just know phrases."






http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2017/01/17/donald-trump-inaugural-address/96643974/?hootPostID=d5ae7e8d3b03a481d7da7022e5e96c02
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LucyMom08
by Gold Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 7:09 AM
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Maybe he should stay off Twitter, then...
MrsMartini1981
by on Jan. 18, 2017 at 7:20 AM
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Will never happen because so many posters show the butthurt they have because Hillary lost.

Damn people for knowing what an awful person she is!

broboxer
by Platinum Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 7:30 AM
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He has every right to use Twitter. It's his way of talking to his supporters. Nothing wrong with it.

Quoting LucyMom08: Maybe he should stay off Twitter, then...
broboxer
by Platinum Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 7:31 AM
Right? They will never give him a chance. I didn't vote for the man, but I'm willing to see what he can do. Unfortunately, many here think they can see into the future and they just know what a disaster he's going to be.

Quoting MrsMartini1981:

Will never happen because so many posters show the butthurt they have because Hillary lost.

Damn people for knowing what an awful person she is!

LucyMom08
by Gold Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 8:33 AM
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Of course he has every right to use it, however using it in the manner that he does, while spouting off about unity, is fairly ridiculous and hypocritical...

Quoting broboxer: He has every right to use Twitter. It's his way of talking to his supporters. Nothing wrong with it.

Quoting LucyMom08: Maybe he should stay off Twitter, then...
broboxer
by Platinum Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 8:55 AM
Hmmm...
He's trying to unify the country, calling out the hypocritical left.


Quoting LucyMom08: Of course he has every right to use it, however using it in the manner that he does, while spouting off about unity, is fairly ridiculous and hypocritical...

Quoting broboxer: He has every right to use Twitter. It's his way of talking to his supporters. Nothing wrong with it.

Quoting LucyMom08: Maybe he should stay off Twitter, then...
canadianmom1974
by Platinum Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 8:59 AM
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A prepared speech about unity doesn't mean much when his words and actions to date have been quite divisive.
couture-mommy
by 8.21.1831 on Jan. 18, 2017 at 9:02 AM
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Lmmfaoooooo good luck with that
Bookwormy
by Ruby Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 9:07 AM
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It is a shame that Trump has not made much more of an effort to reflect this message of his acceptance speech and now his inauguration speech. He acts in the most divisive and immature ways. When will he act presidential and be potus for all instead of just giving this meager lip service in his canned addresses, but express his true hateful feelings all the rest of the time?
BluesPagan2.0
by IWantTacos on Jan. 18, 2017 at 9:14 AM
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In my best trump impersonation

"Look, we just need to get along because, and I'm here to tell you that you people are great, isn't this great having everyone here to celebrate this monumental occassion? We can do yuge things, great things. Together we will make Russia, I mean America, great again. We will build walls, yuge walls, and no more helping out the losers. Because I'm a winner. We are all winners. And anyone who says different can go to hell. But we will work together to get this nation great again. Anyone who stands in our way just grab em by the pussy and tell them to work with us. Isn't it great because we can do that. We can be great together. Trust me".



Seriously though he will need to close his twitter account, release his tax records and sign over any and all business deals to his kids before we will ever even think of unity. I don't make deals with someone who is acting shady.
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