The ‘Pod Save America’ Hosts Analyze Trump’s SOTU

The ‘Pod Save America’ Hosts Analyze Trump’s SOTU


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WELCOME JON FAVREAU, JON LOVETT, AND TOMMY VIETOR!( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: GOOD TO SEE YOU
AGAIN.>>YOU, TOO.>>Stephen: THE LAST TIME I
SAW YOU– WAS TRUMP PRESIDENT THE LAST TIME WE SAW YOU GUYS?>>YEAH.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: HE WAS. I WAS WONDERING WHY I CAN A
CONTACT DEPRESSION. NOW, YOU GUYS, JON JON, YOU WERE
SPEECHWRITERS, WROTE FOR OBAMA AND HILLARY CLINTON. AS A SPEECHWRITER, HOW CHALLENGE
SIGNATURE STATE OF THE UNION? IS THIS, LIKE, YOUR SUPER BOWL.>>IT SUCKS.>>Stephen: WHAT SUCKS ABOUT
IT?>>BECAUSE IT’S SO LONG AND YOU
HAVE TO GET EVERYTHING IN THERE. LIKE, I THINK A PRESIDENT SHOULD
GIVE, SOME DAY, A 20-MINUTE SPEECH ON ONE SINGLE ISSUE, AND
JUST SPARE US ALL THE WORDS.>>Stephen: BUT IT’S THE STATE
OF THE UNION. IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE, LIKE, AN
UMBRELLA, COVER EVERYTHING.>>IT COVERS EVERYTHING, AND
BECOMES A LAWNRY LIST OF EVERY POLICY IN THE GOVERNMENT.>>YEAH, IT’S VERY BORING. ONE OF THE FEATURE S.>>Stephen: AND IT WAS THE
THIRD LONG NEST HISTORY AT 90 MINUTES. BILL CLINTON BEAT IT TWICE.( LAUGHTER )
SO BILL CLINTON HAS THE ONE AND
THE TWO SPOT, OKAY, AND THEN–
YES?>>NO, IT’S AMAZING. IT WAS THE THIRD LONGEST, BUT IT
WAS ALMOST HALF THE LENGTH OF BILL CLINTON’S LONGEST SPEECHES. HE MADE–
>>HIS DELIVERY WAS SLOW.>>55 HUNDRED WORDS. HE MADE IT LAST 90 MINUTES.>>Stephen: HE STARTED TO FADE
TOWARD THE END. IT ALMOST SEEMED SOMEBODY SHOULD
PULL THE STRING IN HIS BACK ONE MORE TIME.>>JOHN KELLY WAS TRYING.>>JOHN KELLY GAVE MAKE PENCE–
JOHN KELLY DID GIVE MIKE PENCE THE OFFICIAL CATTLE PROD.>>Stephen: TO KEEP HIM GOING.>>PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THIS– IT’S
ONE THE ONE NIGHT OF THE YEAR IT’S NOT IN HIS POSSESSION WITH
TRUMP. HE COULDN’T GET A MOMENT.>>Stephen: THERE WAS AN
EMPHASIS ON BIPARTISANSHIP GOING IN AND A NOD TO IT HERE OR THERE
WITHIN THE SPEECH, AS DEMOCRATS AND DEMOCRATICS OPERATIVIZE
DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT WORD MEANS. IT MAKES IT SOUND LIKE HIT MEN. DID YOU FEEL REACHED OUT TO IN
ANY WAY?>>I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU ATTACK A
SPEECH AND DIVORCE IT FROM AN ENTIRE YEAR OF ACTIONS. SO THEY SPENT 15 MINUTES–
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
THE BIG– THE BIG DEBATE RIGHT
NOW IS ABOUT WHETHER TO PREVENT THE DEPORTATION OF 800,000 KIDS
WHO ARE AMERICAN. AND HE SPENT 15 MINUTES TALKING
ABOUT IMMIGRANTS IN THE CONTEXT OF GANGS KILLING PEOPLE. SO I DON’T KNOW THAT THAT’S
ANYTHING BUT DIVISIVE.( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: THAT DID SEEM LIKE
AN ODD– THAT SEEMED LIKE AN ODD
ENTREE TO THE QUESTION OF IMMIGRATION IS TO FOCUS JUST
ON– ON GANGS.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: WELL, LET’S TALK
ABOUT– WELL, INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS. TOMMY, YOU WORKED AS OBAMA’S
NATIONAL SECURITY SPOKESMAN. HOW DO YOU THINK THIS SPEECH
WILL BE PERCEIVED OVERSEAS? BECAUSE THERE ARE POLLS THAT SAY
THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS TAKEN A HIT IN TERMS OF ITS STATURE,
AND CERTAINLY THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENCY HAS TAKEN A HIT IN
TERMS OF ITS STATURE AROUND THE WORLD. DO YOU THINK THIS THIS WILL DO
ANYTHING TO HELP WITH THAT?>>HE TALKED ABOUT, IN THE
CONTEXT OF ARMS CONTROL, THIS MAGIC MOMENT ONE DAY WHEN
COUNTRIES MIGHT PUT DOWN THEIR NUCLEAR WEAPONS. BACK IN THE DAY WITH RONALD
REAGAN IT WAS CALLED DIPLOAMAS, AND YOU NEGOTIATED AND HAD ARMS
CONTROL AGREEMENTS. HE ALSO TALKED ABOUT NORTH
KOREA, BUT IF YOU PICK UP “THE WASHINGTON POST” TOMORROW, HIS
DESIG ME, WITH WAS WITHDRAWN BECAUSE HE OPPOSED A STRIKE ON
NORTH KOREA BECAUSE HE FEARED IT COULD START A NUCLEAR WAR. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU WILL PICK UP
THE PAPER AND FEEL GREAT ABOUT THAT SPEECH BECAUSE OF THE
CONTEXT OUT THERE.>>Stephen: I HAVEN’T READ
THIS STORY. YOU’RE SAYING THE AMBASSADOR TO
SOUTH KOREA, PROPOSED, HAS BEEN PULLED, HIS NOMINATION HAS BEEN
REMOVED BY THE WHITE HOUSE BECAUSE HE THINKS THAT ATTACKING
A NUCLEAR POWER MIGHT START A NUCLEAR WAR.>>IT’S THIS POLICY THEY CALL A
“PUNCH IN THE NOSE STRATEGY” SAYING IF WE POP NORTH KOREA IN
THE NOSE, THEY’LL CHILL OUT AND NOT FIGHT US.>>SOUNDS GOOD, DOESN’T IT.>>IT SOUNDS GOOD ON PAPER.>>Stephen: THAT’S A GREAT WAY
TO CALM DOWN A CRAZY PERSON– BING! WE’RE DONE. WE’RE EVEN. WE’RE EVEN. IS THERE ANYTHING– IS THERE
ANYTHING ABOUT THE SPEECH THAT YOU AGREED WITH? IS THERE ANYTHING THAT, TO BE
FAIR, YOU SAY THAT IS SOMETHING TO BE SUPPORTABLE AND
NONPARTISAN FOR A MOMENT, IF YOU CAN, YOU PINKOS.>>NO, I MEAN, HE TALKED ABOUT
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM, BUT HE’S NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING
ABOUT THAT BECAUSE HE’S TALKED ABOUT IT BEFORE AND HE’S HAD A
YEAR AND HASN’T DONE ANYTHING ABOUT IT.>>Stephen: HE MIGHT HAVE A
REASON COMING UP TO MAKE PRISONS A LOT NICER.( LAUGHTER )
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
AT LEAST FOR HIS FAMILY. AT LEAST FOR HIS FAMILY.>>HE TALKED ABOUT PRESCRIPTION
DRUGS, BUT HE TALKED ABOUT THAT LAST YEAR AND, YOU KNOW, HE’S
NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT THAT, EITHER. IT’S HARD TO DIVORCE THE SPEECH
FROM, YOU KNOW, WHAT HE’S DONE FOR A YEAR.>>S.>>STATE OF THE UNIONS ONLY
MATTER– YOU COULDN’T TELL US YOUR FAVORITE LINES FROM OBAMA’S
STATE OF THE UNION AIR, COUPLE OF JOKES. WE DON’T REMEMBER. BUT THEY MATTER BECAUSE THEY SIT
BETWEEN WHAT CAME BEFORE AND WHAT CAME AFTER. DONALD TRUMP SAID HE WANTS TO
TAKE ON THE ETHIOPIA ADDICTION BUT FOR THE OF LAST YEAR, HE
TRIED TO CUT MEDICAID BY $1 MILLION. JEFF SESSIONS IS THE REASON WE
DON’T HAVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM RIGHT NOW. HE’S ONE OF THE KEY VOICES IN
THE SENATE THAT PREVENTED A VOTE ON THAT BEFORE HE BECAME
ATTORNEY GENERAL. HE TALKS ABOUT UNITY, AFTER HE
IMPLIED THAT KNEELING DURING THE ANTHEM IS UNPATRIOTIC, EVEN
THOUGH IT’S A PROTEST, PEOPLE DEMONSTRATING THEIR CIVIL
RIGHTS. AND, BY THE WAY, HE TALKS ABOUT
REACHING OUT TO DEMOCRATS. HE’S NEVER APOLOGIZED FOR ANY OF
IT. YOU DON’T GET TO STAND UP THERE
AND PRETEND THAT THE LAST YEAR DIDN’T HAPPEN. YOU DON’T GET TO PRETEND IT’S
ONLY PEOPLE THAT DON’T–( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT– IN THAT
ROOM, THE ONLY PEOPLE IN THAT
ROOM THAT DON’T CARE WHETHER OR NOT DONALD TRUMP APOLOGIZES ARE
PEOPLE LIKE TED CRUZ, WHO JUST SUPPLICATED THEMSELVES FOR THIS
GUY WHO CALLED HIS WIFE UGLY AND SAID HIS DAD KILLED J.F.K., AND
HE’S LIKE, “OH, THIS GUY, HE’S THE MASTER.” SO GIVE ME A BREAK. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>WE’RE STILL ON THE FENCE.>>Stephen: STILL ON THE
FENCE.>>WE’RE STILL ON THE FENCE.>>Stephen: WELL, TED CRUZ IS
OUR FIRST INVERTERATE SENATOR. THAT’S DIVERSITY RIGHT THERE. THERE ANYTHING ABOUT HIS
COMMUNICATION STYLE, AS PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATORS,
ANYTHING ABOUT HIS COMMUNICATION STYLE, “OKAY, YEAH, HE’S GOOD AT
THAT?”>>NOT THE WAY HE SPOKE TONIGHT. TONIGHT HE DID THE “I’M READING
A HOSTAGE STATEMENT” KIND OF DELIVERY.>>Stephen: HE WAS BLINKING
OUT.>>HE WASN’T ALLOWED TO USE HIS
TWITTER VOICE, YOU KNOW. SO HE JUST LOOKED LIKE HE WAS
READING A SPEECH FOR THE FIRST TIME.>>TRUMP’S GENIUS IS HE DRIVES A
NEWS CYCLE FOR WEEKS AT A TIME. BUT A VERY SMART REPORTER WROTE
A PIECE TODAY SAYING NOTHING IN THE SPEECH WILL BE REMEMBERABLE
BECAUSE OF A TRUMP TWEET.>>AND VERY FEW REFERENCES TO
HIS OPPONENTS’ MENSTRUAL CYCLE, WHICH IS A KEY PART OF HIS BRAND
AND IDENTITY.>>Stephen: I UNDERSTAND, I
UNDERSTAND. WHAT ABOUT THE DEMOCRATIC
RESPONSE? WHAT ABOUT JOE KENNEDY III? IS IT III AT THIS POINT? I DIDN’T GET A CHANCE TO WATCH
HIS.>>I THINK HE DID REALLY WELL. I THINK IT’S SUCH A TOUGH JOB TO
HAVE, THE RESPONSE, THE STATE OF THE UNION. NO ONE WANTS THAT JOB.>>Stephen: IT’S AN HONOR.>>IT’S RUINED MORE POLITICIANS
THAN PROSTITUTION. BUT–
( LAUGHTER )
BUT HE DID FINE. HE DID FINE.( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: GOOD.
GOOD. PLEASE DON’T SAY THE WORD
“KENNEDY” AND “PROSTITUTION” IN THE SAME SENTENCE. HE’S GOT A CAREER TO LOOK OUT
FOR.>>Stephen: LISTEN, GUYS,
THANK YOU VERY MUCH SEW FOR BEING HERE. GOOD TO SEE YOU. THANKS SO MUCH. WE’LL JUST WAVE FROM A DISTANCE. THEIR PODCAST IS “POD SAVE
AMERICA.” JON FAVREAU, JON LOVETT, AND
TOMMY VIETOR, EVERYBODY! WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK

100 thoughts on “The ‘Pod Save America’ Hosts Analyze Trump’s SOTU

  1. It is weird to see actually see them speaking. I don't think I had ever seen either Jon Lovett or Tommy Vietor's faces!

  2. OH, Trumps string was hung up, that is what that delayed delivery is about. Republicans need to work on that string.

  3. Congratulations to the Democratic Party for choosing Joe Kennedy III, and also for choosing Hillary Clinton for the 2016 debacle.
    Well done.

  4. I've been listening to these voices for the past year and a half and never bothered to find out what they look like…

    My brain can't handle this right now

  5. These guys are pathetic. Trump didnt call all illegal immigrants criminals. In fact he wants to give 1.8 million illegals U.S. citizenship. They also didnt mention democrats booing and sitting down when Trump was talking about the economy flourishing and more jobs being created. They also didnt mention democrat Luis Gutierrez walking out when they started chanting U.S.A. The three musketeers should of talked about how Anti-American the democrats were.

  6. He spoke….real slow….so that….the audience would….enter a coma…..SO BORING!

    Barack Obama is a gifted orator, Donald Trump is a boring reader. One soars, the other sweats. Joe Kennedy unfortunately, is also not a gifted orator–too much tightness and nerves; also, should have been Warren.

  7. The rebuttal that I thought was on the mark belongs to Senator Sanders. He didn't pull any punches and gave us the absolute truth. I wonder why his isn't as visible on the mainstream media as the corporate donor politicians.

  8. Jon Lovett is a national treasure, and I live for the moments when he speaks like he did here. He's intense and focused and precise and unwilling to give an inch to a president who will take a mile. I think he is one of the greatest minds of our generation. I wish these three, and Dan Pfeiffer, were on the pod every single week.

  9. Trump is the greatest American Leader of the American Popul, since Lee Kwan Yew! He was good, how good was he? So good. Like Trump. TRUMP!

  10. joe kennedy spewed a bunch of meaningless democratic party bullshit in his response with no clear plan to help americans.  and his acting job was slimy at best and pretty pathetic at worst.  he is exactly the kind of politician i am sick of.  two words:

    dynasty oligarch

  11. So 3 young brilliant minds in America are doing podcasts instead of working in the White House to open up space to despicable people like Steven Miller and Kellyanne Conway, only because America has a president that wasn't elect by the majority ? Not so self-evident anymore..

  12. What a great show! These three guys are the bomb … I was captivated by everything they discussed (and can they articulate!). I am a new fan of Pod Save America. (Oh, love the socks too.)

  13. I just figured out why trump was reading from the teleprompt, they had him do it to prove he can actually read !!!!!! 😂😈😉

    Sort of …

  14. @The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – It sure would have been nice —and extremely appropriate— to include a link to the guests' podcast in the YouTube description!

    https://art19.com/shows/pod-save-america

  15. Joe III's speech sounded not so much like a rebuttal as a campaign speech. Joe III will be the next Kennedy to run for the White House, I think he thinks.

  16. they did really damn well on this interview!! you can also tell because they were quite happy and relieved at the end. it was a live show too!

  17. <3 Pod Save America. So entertaining podcast! #CashApp One of the top podcasts you can listen to while you work (.. if your work allows it) / a fan in Sweden

  18. The guy in the middle is brilliant. Delivering the rebuttal to the State of the Union has ruined more politicians than prostitution… What a line.

  19. I thought ht meant like the other Jon Favreau, and Jon Lovitz not Lovett. Was pretty confused when these guys came out.

  20. He's so divisive. Trump saying standing for an anthem unifies people? That bastard
    He talked about immigration, and said gang members are bad? Clearly he means all immigrants are gang members!
    Urgh, I hate how much I have to project my own bigotry onto someone

  21. Whereas Trump's address was full of lies and descended into Right-Wing alternate reality, Kennedy's was riddled with platitudes and virtually devoid of substance. The hopes and concerns of the majority of Americans were addressed by neither.

  22. I like Stephen Colbert but I think after all those years playing a fake journalist he now fancies himself a journalist. Asking if they could find something positive in Trump's speech is so phony. He's not a journalist and the rules of balance don't apply. Let the guests sell what they came to and move on.

  23. Well they kids aren’t American citizens. Their parents are here illegally and they had children. It’s Democrats fault we’re in this position because they allowed it to happen. Now republicans have to clean up the aftermath. And I hate trump but it’s not his idea to deport the kids like he’s some monster that’s almost everybody republican. But I’m sure if you secure the boarder and update immigration policy so people cant stay illegally then trump and most republicans would grant citizenship.

  24. Nobody should watch anything like this ever to learn. Only watch the best conservatives debating the best liberals. This is very one sided and again I am one of the least biggest fans of trump. Absolutely did not want him to win but you know the late-night shows are so unbelievably biased. Watch ben Shapiro debate these types of clowns. Watch people on both sides being called about their bull crap and I just spouting it because nobody will say anything on the show to them. Very apparent that people on the left don’t listen to both sides from these comments and are very biased

  25. Mah Boyz!!!!!!! ~:D Love them all, and listen to every podcast, numerous times. Thank You for educating me!

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