A First for Big Speech: a Birthday Serenade

Holocaust survivor Judah Samet gets impromptu tribute
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2019 9:38 PM CST
A file photo of Holocaust survivor Judah Samet.   (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed, File)

(Newser) – One of the nicer moments from Tuesday night's State of the Union address came after President Trump paid tribute to Judah Samet, who survived the Holocaust as a boy and narrowly avoided being killed at the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh last year. When Trump mentioned that it was Samet's 81st birthday, the chamber broke out in an impromptu rendition of "Happy Birthday." When it was done, Trump said, "They wouldn't do that for me, Judah." Watch it here, via Talking Points Memo. (Read more State of the Union Address stories.)

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