President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night was astonishingly well-received by the American people, according to a CNN/ORC poll.
The vast majority of viewers — 69 percent — said they felt “more optimistic” after watching Trump speech. Just 28 percent said they felt “more pessimistic” after the address.
Further, 57 percent said they had a very positive reaction to Trump's speech.
That’s a clear-cut victory for the president, who has struggled with sluggish approval ratings in his first weeks in office.
Trump earned bipartisan praise when he spoke directly to the widow of slain Navy SEAL Ryan Owens, honoring both of them for their sacrifice.
William “Ryan” Owens, 36, a SEAL Team 6 member, was killed in a military raid in Yemen, the first carried out under President Trump. Trump recently made headlines when he snuck away to Dover Air Force Base to receive Owens' remains with the family.
“Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity, thank you,” Trump said to a teary-eyed Carryn Owens.
Trump’s gesture for the slain Navy SEAL and his widow sparked an emotional 2-minute standing ovation and became the most talked about moment of the night.
Extended standing ovation to honor the widow of slain Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens during Trump's speech to Congress. pic.twitter.com/4lhCLNCnKw
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Trump also earned respect from strange places, including former Obama adviser Van Jones.
“That was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics. Period,” Jones said after the speech.
Apparently, there are still some things that can unite Republicans and Democrats.