The President of the United States walked into a joint session of congress. President Trump is seeking to unify a divided country. The president said "We all share the same home, the same heart, the same destiny, and the same great American flag."
In his first State of the Union, clocking in at nearly an hour and a half. The president focused on the economy, his signature legislative victory, tax reform President Trump stated "This is our new American moment."
His plans for fixing America's infrastructure? he said "America is a nation of builders," and an offer of bipartisanship, "I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties." Something he will be need to pass his 2018 priorities, like immigration reform.
But both parties are not open to the presidents message, at times half the chamber, remained stoic.
Chris Christie, on Nightline, said "I don't think he could have said anything that the democrats would have stood up for."
Several democrats boycotted the speech, democratic women, in black, in solidarity with the #metoo movement.
Political correspondent Cokie Roberts said "Brought up controversies, the anthem etc? I don't think he offered any olive branch."
The democratic response, from Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy, grandson of Bobby Kennedy. Kennedy said "This administration isn't just targeting the laws that protect us, they are targeting the very idea that we are all worthy of protection." Pushing back on the presidents picture of unity.
As the president departed the chamber he was caught telling a fellow republican "100-percent" he will release that controversial GOP-memo alleging political bias at the Department of Justice and FBI.