President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union speech earned a collective yawn from America, registering the lowest television ratings ever for the Presidential address.
RedState reports that only 31.3 million watched the State of the Union last Tuesday, which set a new low for a viewing audience. The previous low was set by Obama last year, when only 31.7 viewers watched. By contrast, 66.9 million viewers watched Bill Clinton’s first State of the Union in 1993. Of course, overall television viewers have decreased over the years, but the lack of enthusiasm to watch Obama speak is shocking.
By comparison, it appears people do want to see the Republican candidates for President. The first Fox News GOP Debate had 24 million viewers, and while that is a smaller audience,it should be noted that those are viewers on just one network (Fox News), while the 31 million viewers of the State of the Union are the combined viewers from all the broadcast networks and cable channels that showed the speech.
It appears Obama’s legacy is best described as hope and change and…meh.
H/T: CNN Money,