RUSH: The SEAL who was killed, Owens’, wife was in the gallery last night. She was recognized; he was honored, along with others up there.
When it got to the point in the speech where Mrs. Owens, Carryn Owens, was going to be recognized, something I haven’t seen happen, happened. And that is, the president led the standing ovation and applause and said with the most heartfelt sincerity to her that his life would be etched in eternity forever. “And thank you.” And it was an obvious and sincere “thank you.” And the ovation that began lasted longer… It just didn’t stop. It just kept going. That’s what was new. It just kept going.
And while it was happening, Carryn Owens was obviously completely overcome with emotion. She was shaking; she was tearing; she looked heavenward and said, “I love you, Baby.” That entire room… I don’t know what the Democrats did. I’ve seen pictures that Debbie “Blabbermouth” Schultz and somebody else continued to sit on their hands. I don’t know if that’s true or not. I don’t know. I don’t know how many Democrats stood. Some didn’t. But for the most part, it was overwhelming. And she just… She was the reason.
The way this affected her, the way she reacted to it with this deep, deep appreciation, deep involvement. It was obviously something very necessary for her. Her husband just died weeks ago. And it was… His honor and service was commemorated by the highest elected officer in the land and done so in a sincere way. Ivanka was standings next to her and wisely didn’t embrace her, didn’t move in, didn’t try to get in on the scene, stood her ground. Everything about this was the epitome of genuine.
Most of these things end up… Because they’ve happened at every State of the Union since the eighties, they look contrived. This was the real deal, and it didn’t stop. It just kept going. The one time the president came off prompter was when the applause had stopped. He was leading the applause, by the way. When it ended, he looked up at her and told her that no doubt her husband was looking down and smiling and was very happy because he had just set a record, meaning for the length of gratuitous applause that had occurred just then.
This is the event that Van Jones is reacting to where he said if Trump keeps this kind of stuff up… They didn’t think Trump was capable of this. You ask yourself: Why would they think Trump’s not capable of this? Did you ask yourself that? Did you ask yourself, “Why were they so shocked that Trump could do something like this?” It’s ’cause they don’t think Trump’s got a heart, folks. They don’t think anybody has hearts but them. They own compassion; nobody else has any.
We just fake it, in their minds, and we don’t do it very well. This blew them away. Everything about that last night, I think, blew them away because of their bigoted, prejudicial impression of Trump. Everything hit them last night like a slap upside the head, and they’re still probably trying to process this. Anyway, I must take a brief time-out. It just didn’t end. You know how long it went? It was over two minutes, three minutes this kept going — and the intensity never died down until it ended.