I had three takeaways from President Donald Trump's speech. First, the President provided a pretty conventional laundry list of accomplishments. These were tied together by a central theme: here's what I've done for you lately. The key, of course, is how many of Trump's myriad claims are tethered to fact and reality. My heart goes out to the fact checkers this evening who may well be working into the wee hours of the morning to discern just that.
Second, it was a speech for Trump's base. There was enough red meat in this speech on guns, religious liberty, sanctuary cities and deregulation to keep every zoo in America supplied for a year. There was little effort on the President's part to reach across the aisle, let alone to even shake the hand of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had her own partisan moment when she tore up his remarks at the close of his speech.
Third, the President's demeanor was shaped by the elephant in the room -- his resentment and bitterness of being only the third president in American history to be impeached. Trump never mentioned the "I" word directly, of course. But with some exceptions, the President's demeanor -- defiant, arrogant, seemingly angry and preternaturally boastful -- seemed clearly tied to his frustration with an impeachment process that has dragged out for several months.