Finally, to borrow a phrase from another presidential transition, “our long national nightmare is over.”
That was quite a speech Mr. Trump gave today (video here, transcript here). Yes, it had its moments of hyperbole — we will not, for example, be eradicating Islamic terrorism from the face of the Earth any time soon, I think — but how refreshing it was to hear an American president, or any Western leader, even say the words “Islamic terrorism”!
(Another contrast with what we’ve had to get used to over the past eight years: in his speech, Mr. Trump said ‘I’ only twice. He said ‘we’ thirty-two times.)
The speech was strong, and it was blunt, and it was clear. It was virile, in a way we haven’t seen for quite some time.
This evening we drove from New York to Wellfleet. We got in around eleven, and I stopped off in a convenience store to buy some milk for the morning’s coffee. There was a young man with a ponytail working at the register. I asked him how he was doing.
“I’m excellent,” he said. “It’s a beautiful day in America.”