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The much hated George W. Bush managed to pull in more viewers than Obama did last night.  

Whether it was a dislike for President Obama himself, a general disinterest in politics, or competing with a really popular show in the same time slot, I’m not sure–but something else had the general public’s attention last night, and it wasn’t the State of the Union.


Last night’s State of the Union ratings are the lowest they’ve been since Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up” was a hit back in 2000.

At that time, President Clinton managed to bring in 31.5 million views, which was an all time low until last night’s count of 31.3 million.

Even the unpopular President Bush outnumbered Obama last night, with his smallest State of the Union audience at 37.5 million in 2008.

At the height of his popularity, in 2009, Obama drew 52.4 million viewers; viewership has been steadily declining every year since.

To be fair, there was no Twitter around when Bush and Clinton were in office–and everyone knows that thanks to Twitter, you no longer have to watch TV shows, award shows, sports, or anything else, because Twitter will have all the juicy details in 140 characters or less.

But like Jay Z said, “Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.”


April Dawn (@scarlettsinatra)