It didn’t take long for Nancy Pelosi to open mouth and insert foot. The new Speaker of the House did so by letter this time around, suggesting that Donald Trump either delay the scheduled January 29th State Of The Union Address to Congress because of the partial government shutdown, or give it from the Oval Office, or better yet (in her eyes) just write it out and send it on over.
It was quickly rebuffed by members of both the House and Senate on both sides of the aisle, and the thought that Pelosi had that because of the government shutdown, that they couldn’t provide “enough security” was even walked back by Pelosi herself, almost as soon as she said it.
Why do I get the feeling Nancy Pelosi is like the old woman that has a gaggle of other old women at her house sitting around the living room drinking tea coming up with stupid ideas?
First of all, in all honesty, only about 25% or so of the government is shut down. And it’s probably more of a slowdown than a shutdown at this point. Yes, there are a few hundred thousand people that aren’t getting paid, which is a travesty, especially seeing that Congress still has a paycheck. And business is going on as usual in the halls of the Capitol and at the White House. So don’t tell me there’s a government shutdown. There isn’t.
Second, Pelosi would love to take away the biggest stage of the year that any sitting president has. Her hatred for Donald Trump is visceral, and it shows so clearly that I would put her in the same emotional state of mind as Maxine Waters (which is pretty close to if not already insane).
Suggesting that the president give the State Of The Union from the Oval Office, or in written form is a throwback to Thomas Jefferson, who decided that giving a State Of The Union speech was too “kingly”, so he wrote it out and shipped it off to Congress. That was in 1801. It would be 113 years later before a president would actually travel down to the Capitol and give the address to Congress in person. Woodrow Wilson was the guy that did it in the very first night speech to Congress.
Since that time, every president has given at least one speech to Congress. But there have been several occasions when a written speech was delivered. FDR sent over a written text due to poor health. Eisenhower did it in 1961 (before January 20th), Richard Nixon sent text in 1973, and Jimmy Carter also followed suit in 1981 (again, just before he left office).
But for the most part, it’s pomp and circumstance that presidents thrive on. It’s their chance to strut their stuff in front of the nation, even though it’s become a situation when about 10-15% of the country actually tunes in. Pelosi’s attempt to take that away from Trump fell on deaf ears, which is interesting since she is the one that has to give the invitation to the President to show up in the first place.
We can only watch with glee on January 29th when Trump gives his speech, and Nancy Pelosi will be seen sitting behind him during the whole thing, grimacing and making faces, like the two year old she is.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!