His speech lasted an hour and eighteen minutes, but nothing Donald Trump said will live as long in the memory as the silent gesture behind his back.
When Nancy Pelosi ostentatiously ripped up her copy of the president’s State of the Union speech it epitomised the ever deepening divisions in American politics.
Was it premeditated or a response to the partisan atmosphere inside the chamber?
When asked by reporters why she’d done it, she said: “It was the courteous thing to do, considering the alternative.”
Only if the alternative was to beat him over the head with it.
Republicans who’ve defended their controversial president chanted “four more years” and at times cheered like they were at one of his election rallies.
Democrats winced, jeered and occasionally booed.
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And we’ve still got nine months of this before voters get to decide whether Mr Trump should have a second term. His prospects are improving all the time.
Later today he will be acquitted in the Republican-dominated Senate and can put impeachment behind him.
There are some, including in his own party, who believe it will have been a chastening experience. Most critics think it will simply embolden him. After all he continues to say he did nothing wrong.
Almost all opinion polls throughout his presidency have shown negative approval ratings but the gap is narrowing all the time, particularly as the economy is booming.
And in a further boost to his re-election prospects, the first test of the popularity of his Democratic rivals ended in farce.
The Iowa caucuses were unable to deliver results until 24 hours later and showed the presumptive front-runner in trouble.
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Former vice president Joe Biden came in a poor fourth, though he will still expect to win in South Carolina later this month.
But the momentum heading to the first primary in New Hampshire is with Pete Buttigieg.
A year ago hardly anyone outside of the Indiana city of South Bend had heard of him. Most presidential candidates are congressmen, senators, governors or billionaires with money to burn.
But the 38-year-old defied predictions that Iowa would not be fertile ground for an openly gay near-novice campaigner.
Senator Bernie Sanders isn’t far behind, deepening concerns of the party establishment who fear he is too radical to appeal to independents.
Senator Elizabeth Warren is still in the race, and Mike Bloomberg believes he can catch up, helped by a blitz of advertising and hiring hundreds of staff in crucial states.
But Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech was littered with references to how he claims to have Made America Great Again.
It’s a positive message, while he can portray Democrats as negative, particularly those who resort to gestures like ripping up his speech.
Donald Trump tore up the script four years ago when he stood for election. The Democrats are still struggling to find an answer to his unconventional approach to politics.