WASHINGTON, D.C.—In the midst of his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Trump announced to the gathered representatives that a free copy of his 1987 business book The Art of the Deal could be found underneath each seat in the chamber.
“I have generously arranged for a copy of what many people say is the greatest book ever written to be placed underneath each of your seats on this glorious evening,” a smiling Trump announced. “It’s yours!”
After pausing for a raucous, several-minutes-long standing ovation from the Republican half of the audience, Trump continued. “Read it, all of you. It’s a great book, a beautiful book. A really tremendous book—perhaps, some say, the single greatest book ever. Which you would expect from a book by Trump!”
At publishing time, President Trump had seemingly abandoned his prepared speech and was still speaking about the greatness of his book, with no end in sight.