Four-score and 7 years ago…..
Ask not what your country can do for you…..
We have nothing to fear but fear itself…..
Walk softly but carry a big stick….
Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall….
All great moments in presidential speeches. The words that come out of the mouths of our presidents will live forever and will be studied by generations. The prose, the power, the mastery of the English language is inspiring to generations. I mean ‘was’ inspiring. I’ve spent the better part of 2 years writing bad things about Trump….but this week, I’m not going to. I’m going to let him speak for himself. Below is the full transcript of his speech to the Coast Guard on Thanksgiving Day. I ask you…nay….I challenge you to read every word. Don’t skip ahead and let your brain fill in blanks and punctuation. Read every word, every fragment, every run-on of this word salad and try to make sense of it. go ‘head, go ‘head…….
Donald Trump: It is an honor to be here. I have to tell you, you know. The Coast Guard always respected, but if you’re looking at it as a brand, there’s no brand that went up more than the Coast Guard with what happened in Texas, and I would say in particular, Texas has been incredible. You saved 16,000 lives. Nobody knows that. 16,000 lives. In fact when I first heard the number, I said, you mean like 600? 500? 16,000 lives in Texas.
So as bad as that hurricane was, and that was bad one. That was a big water job, right? It kept coming in and going back they couldn’t get rid of it. They’d never seen it. I guess it was the biggest water dump they’ve ever seen. But when you’ve got 16,000
[inaudible] big groups of people
[inaudible, Trump turns back around] but when you’ve got 16,000, that’s really something. And then Florida hit. And you know that went very well, you know that went pretty well, right? The job you did in Florida. And then Puerto Rico. I really mean that, I think that there’s no brand of any kind, I don’t just mean a military brand, that’s gone up more than the Coast Guard. Incredible people. You’ve done an incredible job. I love coming in here and doing this with you today. I think it’s — we have to keep you very well fed. This is good stuff. It’s an honour. This is the first lady, you know.
Melania Trump: Happy Thanksgiving.
Trump: We went together to Texas. We saw what you were doing. You just followed that storm, right next to that storm. You saved so many people. I still haven’t figured out how people take their boats out into a hurricane. Some day you’ll explain it. Jean was just telling me they actually do it to to save their boat in many cases. They’re not thinking about their life. They’re thinking about their boats. They go out in a boat and think think they have a wonderful boat. They’ve had it for years. It can weather anything and then they have 25-foot waves crashing down. And that would be the end of that. You saved a lot of people. I want to thank you. On behalf of the whole country and on behalf of us, what a job you’ve done. Thank you very much.
I’ll also take questions. Should we leave the media here? To do the questions or should we tell the media? It’s Thanksgiving. Let’s let the media stay. Anybody have any questions about the country, how we’re doing or any of those things? Wow. I love it when you don’t. That means you’re doing great. I love that. That’s the greatest. The press I know doesn’t have any questions. If you do, we won’t take them but that’s already. The press has plenty of questions.
The country’s doing really well. Stock market, all time high. This is all good stuff. I just spoke to a lot of your friends in Afghanistan and Iraq. We spoke to the USS Monterey. Great ship, great missile ship. We spoke to a lot of different folks, from the Air Force, to the Army, just now, a little while ago at Mar-a-Lago. The telecommunication systems [inaudible] we go live to Iraq, live to Afghanistan, and it’s really incredible. I told them, our country is doing great. You folks are fighting so hard and working so hard. It’s nice that you’re working for something that’s really starting to work. We’ve cut back so much on regulation and all the waste and the all of the abuse.
The stock market on Friday hit the all-time high. The highest it’s ever been, ever. In your whole long life, the stock market is higher than it’s ever been. And that means your 401(k)s and all the things you have. You know whether it’s, even if you’re in the military. You have a country that’s starting to turn. We want to have a strong country.
We want have a country where I can buy new Coast Guard cutters and not have to worry about it, alright. And that’s what we’re doing, we’re building up wealth so we can take care of our protection. And we’re ordering tremendous amounts of new equipment, we’re at $700 billion for the military. And you know they were cutting back for years, they jut kept cutting, cutting cutting the military. And you got lean, to put it nicely, depleted was the word, and now it’s changing.
The Navy, I can tell you, we’re ordering ships, with the Air Force i can tell you we’re ordering a lot of planes, in particular the F-35 fighter jet, which is like almost like an invisible fighter. I was asking the Air Force guys, I said, how good is this plane? They said, well, sir, you can’t see it. I said but in a fight. You know, in a fight, like I watch on the movies. The fight, they’re fighting. How good is this? They say, well, it wins every time because the enemy cannot see it. Even if it’s right next to them, it can’t see it. I said that helps. That’s a good thing.
Let’s go, fellas. Come on. Let’s get up here. Let’s get up here. Yeah. This is good stuff.
Dave: Oh yeah…this is good stuff indeed. Congratulations…you made it through the entire speech. Definitely one that your children and grandchildren will be studying.