President Trump did something in his first State of the Union address that we didn’t see in the eight years Barack Obama was in office. He showed restraint in using the word "I."
The Daily Caller tabulated that Trump only referred to himself with that term a scant 29 times in the 80-minute speech. Instead, he preferred talking with the constitutional “we,” saying that 129 times. He also used “our” 104 times. Here is an example:
“As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve. As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail. Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper. And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free.”
How refreshing to hear that we the people are working together for America rather than listening to a self-centered politician say, “I will fix everything.” One of Obama’s favorite words in his speeches was “I.” He used it hundreds of times.
Trump’s SOTU address was consistent with his inaugural address in which he also only referred to himself three times. “We” was the unifying term he used most often then and the term he used the most last night. That’s more hope and change than Obama ever brought to the table.
We thank you, President Trump, for putting us first.