Most politicians love friendly audiences, but perhaps none loves them as much as President Donald Trump. Just look at how his red state rallies seem to energize him. He certainly enjoyed giving his first State of the Union address to both houses of Congress last January, so just imagine his disappointment when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told him to find another venue for this year’s address. Didn’t Pelosi remember how well he had hit each applause line, and how dutifully all the Republican Senators and Representatives clapped and cheered?
Speaker Pelosi did helpfully suggest that he either give his speech from the oval office, or perhaps just send out a written copy. Surely, Pelosi realized that neither option would be suitable for a president who clearly basks in the adulation of a live audience.
But the president does have another problem which, incidentally, was also caused by Speaker Pelosi. Because of the government shutdown, the state of the union ain’t all that great. Indeed, if many more of those TSA guys call in sick, he may even have to call in the troops to man the airport check-in lines.
With all the government layoffs, the president is quite cognizant of the major security concerns that his address would cause. A very brave man – despite his clear aversion to war zones, where they actually shoot live ammunition – the president’s first concern is the safety of the 535 members of Congress.
Well, we can be confident that President Trump and his advisors are almost ready to reveal Plan B. Within days, they will announce where the president will deliver his State of the Union Address. While a final decision has not yet been made, the frontrunners are Wyoming and West Virginia, which just happen to be the president’s favorite states. Members of Congress including Pelosi will be invited to attend, but only if they pay their own air fair and provide their own security.
About the Author
Steve Slavin has a PhD in economics from NYU, and taught for over thirty years at Brooklyn College, New York Institute of Technology, and New Jersey’s Union County College. He has written sixteen math and economics books including a widely used introductory economics textbook now in its eleventh edition (McGraw-Hill) and The Great American Economy (Prometheus Books) which was published in August, 2017.