A New Tide of Optimism (video)

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A New Tide of Optimism (video)

President Donald Trump renders honors during the 136th Coast Guard Academy commencement exercise in New London, Conn., May 17, 2017.  



The ceremony was the President's first service academy graduation as commander-in-chief. 



Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

President Donald Trump renders honors during the 136th Coast Guard Academy commencement exercise in New London, Conn., May 17, 2017. The ceremony was the President's first service academy graduation as commander-in-chief. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters

President Donald Trump renders honors during the 136th Coast Guard Academy commencement exercise in New London, Conn., May 17, 2017. The ceremony was the President's first service academy graduation as commander-in-chief. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters

U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters

President Donald Trump renders honors during the 136th Coast Guard Academy commencement exercise in New London, Conn., May 17, 2017. The ceremony was the President's first service academy graduation as commander-in-chief. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Amanda Meers

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Last week, President Trump delivered his very first state of the union speech. This event gave the nation some big topics for discussion and a new respect for our President. Throughout the year, we have been able to see how far he has come both as the President and a person. However, this doesn’t mean he has grown any more popular with his enemies.

Out of hatred for our president, many Democrats made it clear that they would not be attending the event Tuesday night. However, the ones who did go, showed little or no respect to anyone even associating with President Trump.

Throughout the night, President Trump recognized many guests he invited to the event with a standing ovation. Some of these guests included U.S. Coast Guard, Ashlee Leppert, Fire Fighter, David Dahlberg, 12-year-old Preston Sharp, and many more.

Despite these stories of bravery, victory, and sorrow, such as the openly grieving parents of Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas who were murdered by an MS-13 gang, many Democrats refused to even stand for these brave people. I believe if you do not agree with the President, then you don’t have to stand or clap for him. However, you should still stand out of respect for someone who sacrificed so much for their nation or died because of a problem facing our country.

After recognizing some of these great people, President Trump then went on to list some achievements we as a nation had accomplished this year such as rising wages, increasing value in the stock market, tax cuts, and an extreme low of unemployed Americans.

Overall I think his speech was a great success. Returning to the topic of unity throughout the night, he often gave credit to others or the nation as a whole. President Trump also often replaced the word “I” with “we,” giving us the unified idea of patriotism we need.

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