The ratings are in for U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address – and they’re not good.
According to Nielsen, 33.5 million Americans watched Obama’s address live this year – the fourth consecutive year viewership has been down. Last year Obama’s address drew 38 million viewers – which was down from 42.8 million in 2011. In 2010, the address drew 48 million live viewers – down from 52.4 million in 2009.
That’s nearly 20 million lost viewers in a four-year span …
Also, Obama scored lower marks than either George W. Bush (39.4 million) or Bill Clinton (41.1 million) for his fifth State of the Union. In fact his speech was the lowest rated since 2000, Clinton’s final address.
Does this matter? Yes and no. Obviously Obama won the only count which matters – the 2012 electoral college vote – but his popular vote total was off by several million from 2008. In fact based on the actual state of the union, it’s amazing he won reelection at all.
Oh wait … “Republicans” nominated this guy, didn’t they?
Never mind …