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Hail to the Decaffeinated Chief

President Trump, I hope you’re enjoying this. Savor this. Listen to those rave reviews flowing in on social media and on the news networks. See what happens when you tone it down, just a little! See what happens when you listen to the outside advice, stick to the prepared remarks (mostly), let professional speechwriters figure out how to make the rhetoric hit the right notes and when to soar, and what happens when you use a teleprompter.

Lord knows how long this Decaffeinated Trump will last, but for a little longer than an hour, he came across as impassioned but not irate, determined but respectful, eager to unify instead of constantly lashing out at every criticism.

But the man so often criticized as a narcissist really escaped his past image when he finally shifted the spotlight and paid tribute to those extraordinary individuals that all Americans must honor. The most unforgettable portion of tonight’s speech:

We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens.  Ryan died as he lived:  a warrior, and a hero, battling against terrorism and securing our nation.

I just spoke to General Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, “Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies.”  Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity. 

It was an indisputably presidential moment.

One of Trump’s concluding points was, “the time for trivial fights is behind us.” So no more raging on Twitter about Alec Baldwin’s impression, right?