CNN commentator and former Obama green jobs czar Van Jones was awestruck by the address that President Trump gave to a joint session of Congress, but he pin-pointed the moment he thought that Trump "became the president."
"He became president of the United States, in that moment. Period."
The moment Jones is referring to is the recognition that Trump gave to Carryn Owens, the widow of the Navy SEAL who was killed in the Yemen raid ordered by Trump weeks into his presidency.
"There are a lot of people, who have a lot of reason to be frustrated with him," Trump continued, "to be fearful of him, to be mad at him. But that is one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics. Period."
And he did something extraordinary. And for people who have been hoping that he would become unifying, hoping that he might find some way to become presidential, they should be happy with that moment.
For people who have been hoping that maybe he would remain a divisive cartoon, which he often finds a way to do, they should begin to become a little worried tonight. Because that thing you just saw him do - if he finds a way to do that over and over again, he's gonna there for eight years.
"Now there is a lot that he said in that speech that was counterfactual," Jones warned, "that was not right that I oppose, and will oppose. But he did something tonight that you cannot take away from him - he became president of the United States."
Other pundits noted the extraordinary nature of the moment as the entire chamber of Congress appeared to applaud in unison to show their appreciation for the great sacrifice made on behalf of the country by Carryn Owens and her husband.
The death of William "Ryan" Owens is the subject of much controversy as critics have accused the administration of exaggerating the success of the raid in order to undermine calls for investigations into the military action. Some, like Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, even went so far as to affirm that Trump was "exploiting" the death of Ryan Owens.
I'm still troubled by Trump's exploitation of the death of Ryan Owens. Especially when family members of US soldiers can be deported.— Nicholas Kristof (@Nicholas Kristof)1488337664.0
Even Owens' father has publicly demanded that an investigation be opened to probe whether the raid was ordered for other than purely military motivations.