It was a historic State of the Union Address – conducted the day after the Democrat’s chaotic Iowa caucuses and the day before the Senate renders its verdict in the president’s impeachment trial.
At times belligerent, at times emotional, Donald Trump delivered what will probably be his final speech to a joint session of Congress before standing for re-election in November.
Say what you will about it – about the whole evening – but it was memorable. Here are a few key takeaways.
Tensions run high
The president’s speech was bookended by two notable breaches of decorum. It began as the president handed the text of his speech to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, he pointedly turned away when she reached out to shake his hand.
Then, Pelosi declined to use traditional language that it was her “honour” to introduce the president.