CNN analyst: The State of the Union address "could leave analysts saying that tonight was the night that Donald Trump finally became president"
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From the February 5 edition of CNN's New Day:
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JOHN AVLON (CNN POLITICAL ANALYST): Welcome to [the] Super Bowl for policy wonks, the State of the Union is here. And tonight, President Trump will offer his scripted vision of governing in a constitutionally-mandated report to Congress. Now he enters the arena with a robust economy, but barrel-scraping approval rating, fresh off the longest government shutdown in history. What's worse, a new CNN poll shows that 43 percent of Americans say the federal government is doing the worst job of governing in their lifetime. But there's always a chance that a strong speech could leave analysts saying that tonight was the night that Donald Trump finally became president.
AVLON: Politics is history in the present tense, and we'll all be watching tonight to see whether President Trump can present a unifying vision, bolstered by policies, that can pass a divided Congress. And that's your Reality Check.