Last night was President Trump's third
State of the Union speech.
I provided some commentary on the speech last night during
DPAN.TV's live-streaming of the speech that included
Trump gave a speech that was one hour and 22 minutes long,
but most of the attention was on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
because she ripped up the speech transcripts at
the end of the speech.
There was another moment between the two before Trump started
his speech - Pelosi extended her hand to Trump for a handshake,
but he ignored her.
So, there's a lot of bad blood between the two, clearly.
A reporter asked Pelosi last night why she ripped up
the transcripts and she said
"It was the courteous thing to do considering the alternative"
and that "it was such a dirty speech."
We don't know what she meant by "alternative."
The White House responded by saying Pelosi ripped up people
who Trump honored during his address -
including a Tuskegee Airman, a premature child,
mourning families, and service members.
As I said last night in my post-speech commentary,
this represents the divisiveness between political parties
in our nation.
Axios reported that President Trump is getting stronger
despite his impeachment because he has a Gallup job approval
rating of 49% and the Republican party has a 51% favorable
rating, the highest it's been since 2005.
Trump's speech was a preview of his 2020 re-election campaign
- he criticized Democrats' vision of Medicare for All,
touted America's booming stock market and low unemployment
rates, emphasized tough immigration laws,
and investments in the U.S. military.
BBC News did a feature on Mo O'Brien,
the first deaf woman to row an ocean by completing
a 3,000 mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean.
She is 60 years old.
The trip started at the Canary Islands and finished
49 days later on Antigua.
Mo rowed with her 32-year-old hearing daughter,
Bird Watts, and their 45-year-old friend,
Their rowboat seems like it's 30 feet long and it has small,
enclosed cabins at either end of the boat.
They rowed in pairs for four-hour shifts,
then rested for two hours.
They were in a race called the Talker Whisky Atlantic Challenge
that included 40 other teams.
They finished in 24th place but was the fastest female trio
to complete the challenge.
Mo told BBC that her favorite part of the trip was rowing at
night because it felt like they were going 100 mph and
loved the feeling of freedom and seeing the stars at night.
She said they saw orcas and humpback whales.
Mo uses her voice, wears hearing aids,
and lipreads to communicate with others.
BBC reported that the British Deaf Association
congratulated Mo by saying she is
"an example of what deaf people can achieve."
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