U of L Professor breaks down President Trump's first State of the Union Address

01/31/2018 01:21 PM

LOUISVILLE- President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address Tuesday night, staying mostly on script and delivering a bipartisan message. Nick Paliewicz, an University of Louisville Associate Professor in the Office of Communications wasn’t surprised by his tone throughout the speech.

“I think in some ways Trump was trying to be conciliatory and his tone was a little more softer than some of his more bombastic rhetorical styles of the past. But I think overall his rhetorical styles and motivations were consistent as to how they have been in the past and no real surprises. So what I mean is what Trump was more or less doing, to me, was he was painting this broad metanarrative of not just what it means to be an American, but how it feels to be an American.” Paliewicz said.

Paliewicz says says President Trump’s rhetoric thoughout the speech was rooted in feelings as opposed to content—a style that Trump has maintained through his presidency. Trump appealed to the American people during the speech about what it feels to be an American.

President Trump urged bipartisanship while remaining though on immigration, Paliewicz was not surprised by how he approached each issue. President Trump continued to appeal to the American people through rhetoric during his first address, much like he has done throughout his campaign and first year in office.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com


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