The State of the Union: who cares?

Americans are getting bored with President Barack Obama.

A pitifully low number of Americans watched Obama’s January 12, 2016 State of the Union address.

U.S. President Obama waves at the conclusion of his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington

U.S. President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington January 12, 2016. REUTERS/Evan Vucci/Pool

According to Neilsen, just 31.7 million of 323 million Americans, less than 10 percent, watched the president’s address live on 13 networks and tape-delayed on Univision. For comparison, the AFC Championship football game on Sunday got 42 million viewers.

The rating for Obama’s address was the lowest since Nielsen began recording viewership in 1993. About 53.4 million watched his first State of the Union address on February 24, 2009.

Obama does have one thing to be thankful for. Americans’ lack of interest in his State of the Union address probably wasn’t as bad as viewer disregard for S.C. Governor Nikki Haley’s Republican Party rebuttal.

As Politico put it, “…the rebuttal’s viewing audience is comprised almost entirely of members of the press, who are forced to watch the stupid rebuttal as part of their jobs…”

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