( CNN) President Trump was clearly having a blast during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference( CPAC ). He soaked up his time in front of the television cameras to offer fans some crowd-pleasers in what was surely a preview of his upcoming presidential campaign. The speech, clocking in at over two hours, was his longest as President.

Going after the Green New Deal, the “sleaze on top” of the FBI and descriptions of the crowd size at his inauguration in 2017, Trump waxed philosophical the route that he does. When he insisted that he was being sarcastic about asking Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails, the crowd started chanting their usual refrain of, “Lock her up! “

The conference itself was as interesting and relevant as the speaker. For many decades, CPAC was a meeting place where the right tried to promote its most exciting ideas.