CNN panel gushes over Trump's "super-presidential," "incredibly disciplined" statement on health care
CNN's S.E. Cupp: "Let me just say, welcome to Washington, Mr. President"
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From the July 24 edition of CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin:
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S.E. CUPP: Let me just say, welcome to Washington, Mr. President. Because as everyone had stated, this was a very typical, traditional, classic White House moment of political theater. But you cannot understate how extraordinary that is for Donald Trump. This was a speech about real people and real problems with real enemies, not imagined enemies, you know? He didn't slam the press or his own [attorney general], for example, or imagined threats. He went after the real enemy, which he sees as Obamacare and the Democratic policies behind it. That was not only incredibly disciplined, but I thought very effective. I also heard, for the first time, some policy in this speech. He talked about what the bill was going to do and what it wasn't going to do. Again, we can talk about there being a low bar, but this really was one of the most -- this is the opposite of presidenting by tweet, what we just saw here. And it might be common for another administration, but for this one, this was new.
DANA BASH: This is standing at a lectern in one of the ornate rooms of the White House doing something super-presidential, which we would have gone like this, so what, if President Obama and George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, blah, blah, blah, had all done this. But this is so jarring because it's so classically presidential and so un-Trumplike.