Pelosi’s opinion of President Trump’s SOTU address

Maramis Choufani is the Managing Editor of the Las Vegas Tribune.
By Maramis

Maramis Choufani is the Managing Editor of the Las Vegas Tribune.

There are differences of opinion, and there are differences in behavior. Even when there are differences of opinion between two people, it does not mean that one of them has to be right and the other has to obviously be wrong. Few things are that cut and dried and easy to see.
I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican but as an observer of what has been going on between the two parties — or more precisely, between the members of the two parties, I can see why some people choose not to get involved in politics — or to not even vote.
But regardless of any differences of opinion or differing viewpoints — which are always open to discussion, even if the parties holding those views choose not to talk them out — behavior is a whole different animal.
One’s behavior, without saying a single word, speaks volumes. While there could possibly be an excuse for President Trump not shaking hands with Ms. Pelosi while he approached the dais — such as turning just before he saw her hand, or even making a body language statement that he was not on good terms with her, however he intended that to be interpreted; BUT there is no misinterpreting what Ms. Pelosi did when she tore up the pages of the president’s SOTU address as soon as he finished speaking, right there behind him, with all the world watching.
If that wasn’t the most childish, pathetic display of a “Now I’ll show you what I think of you!” kind of behavior, I don’t know what is. I may be totally wrong, but I believe that the citizens of a country ought to show respect to their duly elected president even if they don’t personally like him. After all, they — the entire Democratic party — probably didn’t know Trump before he became a candidate, but they had plenty of time to get to know him during the campaign and a whole lot of time getting to know him during these past three-plus years of his serving as our president. And it’s okay if they discovered they didn’t like him. I don’t know of any person running for any office that everybody automatically liked!
No one is obligated to like their president. I never met Donald Trump, but I certainly didn’t like many things about him. I didn’t like how he spoke about women or acted as though he thought he was God’s gift to women because he was rich, well known, or maybe even able to have any woman he wanted. But that’s just my opinion of how I perceived him in the early days. It seems to me he’s “grown up a lot” since becoming president.
I sincerely hope that the Donald Trump we’ve all gotten to know since the 2016 election — at least compared to the pre-president Donald Trump — is truly as dedicated to his job as he wants us all to believe. I always prefer to see the best in people, even people I might have started out not liking. But the sad thing about real life is that when some people decide not to like certain people; no matter what it is that makes them not like the person, they can never then see past that dislike no matter what reasons there may be to change their mind or viewpoint.
After President Trump finished his SOTU address, the station I was watching turned to Gretchen Whitmer, the Governor of Michigan, for a Democrat’s view of the president’s address. Strangely enough, her point of view was that Trump might have had a lot of good things to say, but it should be about action, not words, and it was her contention that the Democratic party was way out in front of Trump when it came to action and results.
She didn’t seem to put any stock in all the accomplishments he enumerated in his address. My comment on that is this: If indeed those accomplishments are true, actual, they can easily be proven. Why wouldn’t she (Gov. Whitmer) have anticipated what he’d be saying and find out in advance what she felt were the “real” statistics? If some people choose to deny what our president says, they should at least be as prepared as he is with the statistics.
I agree with Gov. Whitmer that actions speak louder than words. But saying that, in itself, one is just saying more words. One cannot argue with provable facts, but one must first get the words out to know exactly what actions one is talking about. While I can say actions do speak louder than words and mean it, I’m always prepared to side with the truth, no matter where the truth may lie.
This brings me back to Ms.Nancy Pelosi, and what she did behind President Trump’s back. How classy can a Speaker of the United States House of Representatives be?
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Maramis Choufani is the Managing Editor of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Maramis, email her at

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