While Joe's speech - and the president's - will be quickly forgotten, Kennedy certainly avoided the SOTU response curse, which left significant political figures like Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio as somewhat ridiculous figures after flopping for various reasons.
Kennedy, who comes from one of the most prominent families in American politics, referenced helping immigrants, addressing those affected by the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and at one point speaking to them in Spanish. "They are targeting the very idea that we are all worthy of protection".
Kennedy, 37, a three-term congressman and grandson of former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, has argued that Democrats should focus on the economic concerns of working-class voters who bolted the party in the 2016 elections.
Kennedy claimed Trump's actions were "a rebuke to our highest American ideal" and anxious they were pitting Americans against each other.
And one passage invoking unity and commonality caught my ear: "We are bombarded with one false choice after another: Coal miners or single moms".
"To all the Dreamers watching tonight, let me be clear: Ustedes son parte de nuestra historia".
Kennedy, the grandnephew of the country's 35th president John F Kennedy, also touched on civil rights issues, activist movements like "Me Too" and Black Lives Matter and criticised several of Trump's policies over the past year. Rural communities or inner cities. Vamos a luchar por ustedes y no nos vamos alejar. And while it was fine for him to address the Dreamers in Spanish (which he speaks fluently), he should have offered the English translation - "You are a part of our story".
Presumably speaking of Donald Trump, the MA representative assured Americans that while "bullies. may land a punch. they have never, not once in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defense of their future". We will fight for you. The coast or the heartland.[But] we choose both.
A former Peace Corps volunteer, Kennedy was an assistant district attorney in two MA districts before being elected to Congress. It was a celebration of the American way of life and of the newly found activism of the past year. They may leave a mark. "But they have never, not once, in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defense of their future", a portion of the excerpt reads.