I think part of the silence was because brains were furiously trying to absorb a message they've never understood before. They've been fed the lies of wars for so long, to suddenly be fed the sweet nectar of peace and love gave them cause to pause. I was happy they applauded him in the end.
Thanks for posting this, AnCap.
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.