Trump's first live address from the Oval Office, addressing the controversy over the U.S.-Mexico border, fell flat. "What there was not, after two days of media drama, was a convincing argument for why this needed to be a prime-time event at all," says James Poniewozik. "There was no news. There was no new argument. There was just a wall of sound, and the American viewing audience paid for it. Nor was there much compelling television, unless you’re an avid maker of internet memes. This was not a friendly setting for either party. The Oval Office, which can confer gravitas on a typical president, simply saps this atypical one. Mr. Trump comes alive playing off a crowd, like the ones he drove wild with promises that Mexico would pay for the wall. Plopped behind a desk, sniffling, reading sleepily from a TelePrompTer, he was a comedian playing an empty room."