Didn’t watch the entire thing, just parts. It was your typical rally session given like every other President before.
83% of Americans watching the speech approved, although the extremes (strongly approve vs strongly disapprove) are fairly the same as last year (-17 to last year’s -14). Today, Obama’s approval barely moved up, staying basically the same, which is still almost 20% higher than GW Bush’s highest approval in 2005 (GW received a -23 on his first SotU of his second term, and was hovering around 20% approval). I mean, pretty typical – nearly every President’s numbers rise a little after a good State of the Union (save GW Bush in 2007, who actually saw a pretty big downturn).
The SotU was the highest viewed program, with American Idol trailing by 2.3 points. House did average although they had a strong Monday – third from the bottom of shows. An estimated 30.5 million people watched the State of the Union, and then when the Republican rebuttal came, only an estimated 9.3 million people were watching. Less than 10 million viewers is what got Ugly Betty canceled.
What’s fun is listening to Fox Failure try to rebuttal the speech, since even the Republicans weren’t even that harsh. I just love the NeoCon hugging, Kool-Aid drinking bitches that network employs. I’m almost certain it’s because those people are good controversy brewers, since they are horrible reporters/analysts.
(I used the Nielsen ratings, three separate polls taken, and basically read the talking points of the SotU compared to actual facts – there was a pretty big stinger there where Obama correctly pointed out the deficit was $1.1 trillion by the time he took office, even if he gaffed a bit on the number of jobs saved.)