Sunday, February 10, 2019

Honoring Survivor with “Happy Birthday” at SOU Address

An impromptu “Happy Birthday” song might be one of the most memorable moments from President Donald Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address Tuesday night.

The president and first lady Melania Trump invited Judah Samet as a guest for the speech. Samet is a Holocaust survivor who also escaped the mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh in October 2018. Tuesday also happens to be Samet’s 81st birthday — and the House chamber broke out into song when Trump mentioned this during his speech.

The rumble of “Happy Birthday” on the House floor stood out as one of the genuinely unifying — and moving — moments during Trump’s address. The president smiled and mimed a conductor’s baton while both Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined in the singing.

“They would not do that for me,” Trump quipped after the singing concluded.

The president introduced Samet after vowing to confront the “vile poison of anti-Semitism ... anywhere and everywhere it occurs.”

No comments: