My impression of the audience’s reaction is the same as yours.
Most of what I saw, which I think was most all of his total presentation, did not seem well received. What laughter I heard was, with a couple of exceptions, mostly nervous sounding laughter and very little of it.
The whole situation seemed awkward, as well it should. Had I been there, I’d have heckled him with the question, “Who wrote your material, Hussein? David Letterman?”
He was actually bragging about himself and how the press kisses his ass, and talking about a TV show about the compelling story of the man in the White House, or words to that effect.
Despicable, creepy and evil.
And yes, I agree with you that it was a successful evening for us.
I think you are spot-on on everything.