But it also serves other purposes.
Every person he introduced during his speech told a story he wanted to tell, from the New Mexico policeman and his wife who adopted the baby of a heroin addict to the business owners who gave their employees bonuses because of Trump's income tax cuts. But that's only looking at one side of the ledger. But he did almost nothing to set an agenda.
"They are trying to generate a narrative that doesn't match reality", Binion says.
This is a speech that he just read.
The president does not make clear the source of his statistic. Will there be a proposal?
It was also quite a change from former First Lady Michelle Obama's SOTU ensembles, which, sans for a gray Michael Kors tweed suit dress in 2015 and a white Rachel Roy sheath dress in 2011, were largely full of color. Under past presidents, everyone would have expected such follow up. While the president's talk shared this characteristic, he did offer some concrete policy recommendations. In a CBS News poll conducted right before that speech, the breakdown was more balanced between the parties: 36 percent Democrat and 28 percent Republican. They think it amounts to surrendering the cause of repeal of the whole law. From now on, we expect trading relationships to be fair and to be reciprocal.
The early line on the speech, as on so many Trump speeches, is that it was "presidential". The rest of the viewers watched on the US's four main broadcast networks.
He pointed out House majority whip Steve Scalise, calling him the "legend from Louisiana" after he survived a life-threatening shooting at a congressional baseball practice last June. "But it doesn't erase what has been his record".
In the Senate, Republicans need Democratic support for these measures, as the GOP only holds 51 seats and 60 votes are required.
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Senator James Lankford was among Republicans who said this week that Trump could give Congress more time to reach a deal by extending the Dreamers' deadline beyond March 5.
That's accurate - Fox ranked No. 1, likely reflecting its status as the favored network of Trump supporters.
On foreign trade, he reiterated his position, saying: "The era of economic surrender is over".
He offered a vision that was sober yet strong, predictably touting his economic successes and putting both our economic and political enemies on notice.
Trump also mentioned the opioid epidemic, which is a far greater threat to the U.S. Economy than immigration.