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Reviews Mixed for 'Low Energy' Trump

He says speech was an 'interesting experience'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2019 7:10 AM CST
Schumer and Pelosi deliver the Democratic response.   (Carlos Barria/Pool Photo via AP)
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(Newser) – After addressing the nation from the Oval Office Tuesday night, President Trump tweeted video of his speech on border security and added: "Thank you for soooo many nice comments regarding my Oval Office speech. A very interesting experience!" The comments, however, were not universally nice. Raw Story reports that the speech was "widely panned," with fact-checkers accusing the president of making numerous misleading statements in his call for a border wall to combat a "security crisis." Other reactions:

  • "A comedian playing an empty room." James Poniewozik at the New York Times was not impressed by Trump's speech, the Democratic response, or the networks' decision to cover this "empty fizzle of a partisan event." He compares Trump's "sleepy" performance to that of a "comedian playing an empty room" and says Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer seemed "a cross between Grant Wood’s 'American Gothic' and the twins from The Shining."

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